Sikkim's famed band GATC on the way to creating its LEGACY
By: Nitesh R. Pradhan
Sikkim's iconic rock band Girish and the Chronicles (GATC) needs no introduction with their popularity and grandeur of their songs so familiar to music lovers across the country.
The band was one among the first to be signed with universal music records and is now moving towards creating its legacy.
With Girish Pradhan as the frontman, Suraz Karki-lead guitarist, Yogesh Pradhan-bassist, Naresh Mongrati on drums and Krish Datta as session keyboard player, the band has earned illustrious innings in the music industry since 2009.
Their debut solo single, “Angel” earned them a spotlight as a brand in the year 2009, and also got them featured in Vh1 music channel.
Among many of their popular songs include -- A New Beginning, Golden Crown, Ride To Hell, Smile Little Child, Loaded, Revolving Barrel, Endless Road, Rock the Highway and others.
Let us hear from the band on their future ventures as we speak to GATC frontman Girish Pradhan.
TNT: GATC is now a legacy. How do you view this?
GP- The way I see it, it’s just a part of the journey and there is a lot more to do. If we are a legacy, then I’m thankful to those who think so!
TNT: What makes the band one of its kind?
GP- Probably our sound that most of the bands today don’t follow.
TNT: When you think about the journey of GATC, what was that one defining moment?
GP- For us, the second album “Rock the Highway” truly feels like the defining moment after 10 years of journey. It put us up on the rock world map and also, we did it with our songs.
TNT: What about the downs. Was there a moment where you wanted to pack up?
GP- We were sure from the first day that we were gonna go non-stop. Never had thoughts of packing up actually, come to think of it. It’s a lifestyle that we chose.
TNT: What keeps the band going (drive)?
GP- The response from our fans and the thirst to create more music.
TNT: In your illustrious discography, which album/songs are the closest to your heart?
GP- The truth is all the songs have a special place. They’re like babies.
TNT: You are joining another musical act. what about the future of GATC?Tell us more about your new venture?
GP- It’s a digital world and almost at its zenith right now. Connectivity and accessibility are great so it’s not a problem to work with numerous projects. There’s a lot of time at hand when you think of music as your full-time job.
TNT: What are your future projects?
GP- Depends on what I’m being offered and of course, lots more to come from GATC and Firstborne.