Two French bands ‘Last Train’ and ‘Colt Silvers’ were in Guwahati on 2nd December as part of the Bonjour India Rock Tour presented by the French Institute of India in association with Alliance Francaise and Mixtape. Both the bands have been touring India all throughout November and will do so for the month of December as well. They are covering eleven cities. So far, the bands have played in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Puducherry, Bangalore and Shillong.
Colt Silvers is an electro rock act comprising vocalist Tristan Lepagney, bassist Nicolas Lietaert, guitarist Florian and drummer Julien. Last Train, on the other hand, is a blues rock band consisting of four friends who started playing together a decade ago, when they were about 11 years old. The band comprises vocalist Jean-Noel Scherrer, guitarist Julien Peultier, drummer Antoine Baschung and bassist Timothee Gerard.
We caught up with both the bands at Café Hendrix yesterday.
Florian from Colt Silvers shared, ‘We have been in India since November 22 and it has been crazy! It has also been very exhausting because we have been taking a lot of planes. I think we have seen all your airports by now.’ The band got some time to relax in Puducherry where they hired bikes, explored the city and even indulged in some surfing. ‘Now, I can say that I have surfed in India.’
Although they haven’t been able to explore much of the Northeast because of their hectic schedule, Colt Silvers’ drummer Julien did enjoy the green and untouched landscapes along the Shillong-Guwahati route, even though it was only from a distance. ‘So when we were coming from Shillong to Guwahati, we saw the Umiam Lake, and the view is simply amazing. That was one of the best moments from our trip so far. The cities are just like any other crazy cities, whereas the countryside has a different vibe and is always so pretty.’
Describing the crowd in India, Julien said, ‘People are shy here. It’s only after a few songs that the crowd starts joining in. But the gig at Shillong yesterday was crazy.’
Scherrer from Last Train also feels the same way about their experience in India being exhilarating. ‘This is exactly what we had planned for the band. We’re quite young and we’re already touring a lot.’ When asked about whether it is easier for youngsters to pursue music in France, they said that they had to work really hard to get to where they are now. They started out really young and they kept at it till they became a known name in the music scene. ‘We have worked really hard together and have been very patient,’ revealed Scherrer.
Both bands agreed on how their tour experiences have helped them write meaningful music. Julien who loves bikes and has a thing for tattoos said, ‘I have literally grown up on tour, in fact, I learnt proper English on tour. For the last album, a lot of our songs were about our experiences from our tours.’
They also said very good things about Indian bands they played with during the course of the tour. They especially appreciated NE band ‘Dosser’s Urge’, the band who joined them on the Shillong leg of the tour. Their next gig in the Northeast is in Gangtok on December 6, be sure to check them out!
By Sanskrita Bharadwaj