Something Relevant aka STR, young India’s leading Jam Rock Band, is now poised to take off to the Stadium Stage. After setting pan-India and international venues alight over five live-wire years through countless gigs and a reputation for explosive live acts, STR have fast established themselves as the reigning authority on Feel-good!
The 7-member ensemble have discovered sounds that are a resonating fusion of their classic blend of jazz, funk, blues, reggae, rock, pop, soul & Afro highlife, with the pulsing metrics of the megapolis Bombay. Their sonic influences spring from a vast variety of spaces that culminate in a lilting freshness, a new generational identity with which the city’s force has come to relate. It is the voice of the generation of today, upbeat, improvisational. Dominated by funk though it be, it exudes the undying optimism of a new-young nation, signaling to the world the coming-of-age of a whole new Indian genus.
The Bombay-based band's debut album 'Feels Good 2B Live' (2009)(Relevant Records/Silk Road) gathers with brio a collection of songs that are drawn from personal experiences and dreams, interspersed with gripping instrumental jams of youthful effervescence and irrepressible love for the stage – sounds of a nation –in-change!
Something Relevant believes that music is a powerful tool for education and awareness and takes time out for a variety of important social causes. From creating greater awareness of the ecosystem and tree plantings to fund raisers for flood relief and higher education. STR is concerned about our planet.
A few of our endeavors include
• The ‘Batti Bandh’ campaign for ethical and non-wasteful use of electricity.
• The GAIA campaign to protect the forest land in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.
• STR supports the Women Graduates Union, in their endeavors to raise funds for higher
education for underprivileged women in India.
• STR has even protested in song at Gateway of India for the ‘International Violence Against
Women’ Day, at a rally organized by women’s rights activist Dr. Nandini Sardesai,
• Raised funds for the Bihar flood relief, through the ‘Rock On for Humanity’ concert
organized by some of India’s famous movie stars.
• And supported the concept of One Sky One World with the ‘Kites for Peace festival’, which promoted harmony by collective kite flying.
STR also endorses a very special and personal cause - that of the revival of ‘The Bandstand Culture’ in Mumbai. The tradition was started in 1880, when brass bands from the police and armed forces would play at the various ‘bandstands’ in Mumbai.
The last great concert was in 1947 at Apollo Bunder, to mark the departure of the British from India, though the older generation remembers the bands performing at the Cooperage when they were younger. STR performed at various bandstands in Mumbai throughout 2007-2010 and was honoured by the Ministry of Tourism in India and the Bombay Chamber of Commerce for their involvement.
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