A musical riot

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 5:00am IST Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 7:11pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Rock band Shannon & The Silent Riot will be performing in the city today.

Don’t get misled by their name, as the band members pride themselves in causing a musical riot on stage and provide entertainment beyond music. “The guys are very quiet and one doesn’t really expect them to behave like rockstars. But once they’re performing on stage, it’s a different ball game altogether,” says Shannon Pereira (lead guitar and vocals), of his fellow band members Partho Dasgupta (rhythm guitar and vocals), Michael Fernandes (bass guitar), Joshua Vaz (drums) and Prasad Salain (vocals). Earlier, Shannon, Partho and Michael were a part of the classic rock band The Works (it got disbanded in 2010) and later came together to form Shannon & The Silent Riot with others in August 2012.

Shannon comes from a music family background and so couldn’t think of doing a regular nine to five job. “Music is my first love,” says the frontman who was signed by Gibson at the age of 18, to endorse their guitars in the country. Besides the band, which is his first priority, he also freelances for other artistes like Manasi Scott, Neha Bhasin and Shibani Kashyap.

Sound of music
Almost one-and-a-half years into the band, Shannon & The Silent Riot have done live gigs in the city and a few corporate shows too. They do covers of Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, Def Leppard, Scorpions and the likes. They haven’t had a debut album release yet, but do have some originals in their kitty. Some of their originals are: She Never Cries, a mellow autobiographical ballad about how a woman hurts her partner in the relationship but doesn’t get affected herself; Buddhu’s Song is a tribute to Shannon’s cat who passed away a year ago. The band experimented by including dancers and flash mob performances for for one of their gigs in the city, providing entertainment beyond music.

Upcoming gig
Today, Shannon & The Silent Riot will jam alongside guest performers Manasi Scott and Sushant Divgikar. Also, instead of drummer Joshua, Atish Thomas (drummer) and Joel Crasto (keyboards) will be joining them tonight. Besides other numbers, the band will be also performing the following originals for the first time: Fly Away is an instrumental piece celebrating freedom of expression; and Stars In Your Eyes, a peppy number celebrating love.

Tonight, 9 pm,
Hard Rock Cafe,
Andheri (W)

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