A step back

The thing about music and art for me that has always been a challenge is it’s dual nature of being so personal yet so social in a non linear way. In both states it’s always been a way for me to exercise vulnerability – partly in my capacity or abilities to create art and also about why and how I wanted to share the creations.

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The last few years as an artist were, quite honestly, rather juvenile. Music was made, released, written about, art was created, critiqued, ignored, collaborations were had, some that have grown stale, others that disappeared but seem to have found their way back, performances happened with good sound-checks and disorienting sets, lots of fun, too much smoke, music videos, photos, heck even some merchandise, but it was really all-over-the-place. Not very sustainable me thinks….

The truth is, as an artist and I suppose even as a person, I’ve consistently found my degree of connection either with myself or with others (collaborators and audience) often a little imbalanced or misplaced. I attribute this to chance, really, neither positive nor negative, but surely I believe it’s a blessing to be aware of this and even more so that I feel naturally compelled to improve this. I’ve had my moments of weakness and frustrations but really at the end of the day, I do look at my past as lessons to reflect on. Things have gotten better but certain patterns are yet to be broken.

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Live @ THC Cassette IV, IX & XII

XII :

Photos by Shitab Pillai / Tree Huggers Club

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IV :

Retrospect [2018]

TRACKLISTRetrospect is an effort to update and consolidate past releases so as to look forward at new material with clarity and levity and also a silent effort to cross pollinate the different audiences from various phases of music of the past. This album acts as a one stop buffet of all of No Hero’s music thus far, with some exceptions scattered around the internet should you really wish to find.

Tracks from Bare Witness [2015], Un Own [2016], Sharam Masala [2017], and some additional content.

Listen on:

Apple Music

Spotify

Also available on most streaming platforms.

Alternatively buy the Bonus version through bandcamp for to show your support.

Sharam Masala [2017]

According to a study, conducted as recently as this morning, Sharam Masala’s Hip Hop-meets-Prog-rock-meets-electronica debut, clairvoyantly called Greatest Hits, is the best thing since vinegar flavoured ice cream.

Rappers Xcpt. (never won a spelling bee.) and A La Moksh (who?) strut jauntily onto No Hero a.k.a (No Friends Either)’s sonic landscape and proceed to dig up the flower bed.

We’ll shut up now.
Enjoy the album.

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The Name 

Dec 4th, 2015, Bengaluru. In a cab, on the way to NH7 Weekender. “Spice Girls! We should have a name like Spice Girls!”

“Ok, uh… Masala Boys?”

“Hahahaha…. Garam Masala?”

“Sh- Sharam Masala?”

“Woah…… Yeah…….. Yeah. Done.”

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PRESS

REVIEW – “Shimmering clicks, pulled-back beats” – The Hindu
REVIEW – “No Hero Collaborates With Xcpt. and A La Moksh on Experimental New EP ‘Sharam Masala’” – Rolling Stone India
REVIEW –  “This New Rap Rock Release Breaks Boundaries” – The Hauterfly
REVIEW –  “Sizzling Beats Infused With Psychedelic Riffs, Meet Sharam Masala!” – Music Sherpa

Other tracks that lead upto this collaboration:

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Un Own [2016]

Moving forward from No Hero’s schizophonic debut, the desire for deliberation and premeditated songwriting took the focus with the sophomore release Un Own. Recorded on a shoe string budget over a couple of days at Innerspace Studios & a few bedroom set-ups, this album features Aman Mahajan handling keys/synth bass and Sidharth Rajmohan holding down the grooves on the kit. No Hero recording at Innerspace Studios Bangalore

PRESS

Rolling Stone India – Un Own EP

Rolling Stone India – Tomorrow Never Comes One Day

Bare Witness [2015]

11351281_10205716973816964_3224667949240706324_n.jpgBorn from an improvised jam with drummer Peter Joshua Fracis @ The Control Room in Bangalore, India, this album is an experiment to turn raw flow into some kind of composure. This work also is a step forward in No Hero’s efforts to be truly independent as a producer and creator handling everything from the recording to the final output.

PRESS

The Indian Music Diaries

The Times of India

Deccan Herald

Permafrost Today

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