Rock tribute

By Tahnee Hopman

Who were they in 2002? Just a bunch of boys fresh out of school. This was the common perception of the small group of aspiring rockers who formed Tantrum six years ago. They were more than just former schoolboys with dreams of being rockers. Despite the usual challenges associated with breaking into the local music industry, the passion these rockers had for their music saw them through six years to date, bringing them victory at TNL Onstage 2005, and a successful debut album – 'The Destruction Begins' – in 2006.

"What drives us the most is the energy in the music we play," enthused leader of the band Javeen Soysa. "Its also a great feeling to know that there are people out there who respect and appreciate what you do, and to us, that is the most important thing."

Tantrum consists of four members – Javeen Soysa, Akila Peiris, Arjhun Dhas and Tharaka Roshan Seneviratne. The original line up of the band has gone through a few changes over the years. The current line up has been together since the end of 2006. They plan on releasing a second album sometime next year.

Coming up is a concert which any one with rocker tastes would not care to miss. Tantrum, along with four other bands – Fallen Grace, Funeral in heaven, Cannabis and LOA.

Titled Tribute to the Gods the show, as its name suggests, pays tribute to all the legendary rocker greats. Apart from a few originals by the bands, the show will consist mainly of cover versions of legendary and contemporary rock greats. There will be songs from Metallica, Iron Maiden, Led Zepellin, Black Sabbath, Lamb of God and Arch Enemy to name a few.

"One reason for having the show was the fact that we had not done a tribute show in a long time, and it just seemed right that we pay tribute to all the rockers who have inspired and continue contemporary rockers," explained Javeen.

What makes this concert unique is that all the artistes will be playing in tribute to the gods of rock music. And the audience will hear many of their old and new favourites as opposed to songs that they have not heard before. In fact, 90% of the show will consist of well known music, to which the rockers will add their own take.

Tantrum hopes to release its second album somewhere next year, in addition to performing more concerts. "We have a small audience, but it is definitely growing. And most importantly, they are loyal fans who have stuck by us," smiles Javeen. "There are things we could do to have people know us better – like doing more shows, but the problem lies in the lack of funds. Still, we keep trying, and we really enjoy the music!"

Tribute to the Gods takes place at on October 5 at 4pm, at Club Nuovo. Tickets priced at Rs. 400 (for guys) and 200 (for girls) will be available at the gate.

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