With a typical stage set up for a quintet, lots of great looking
groupies female supporters in attendance, a tight set and songs in Hindi, you’re sure to get everyone’s attention, despite the absence of a ghodi!
Singer-songwriter Arijit Datta’s new venture Airport played at Bonobo, Mumbai on Sunday, February 21. The five-piece (officially four-piece) Hindi rock outfit sees Datta come together with guitarist Vinay Lobo (The Vinyls, Nikhil D’Souza), bassist Amit Ahuja (Sridhar/Thayil), drummer Sidd Coutto (Zero, Helga’s Fun Castle, Tough on Tobacco) and keyboardist Jonathan Paul (Something Relevant, The Pulp Society). A band teeming with some of the most well established musicians on the indie circuit, all masters of their turf, promises at least a fun show and tight sound – which in this case was executed without much fuss.
Opening with the much requested ‘Raat’ (which also served as the evening’s encore) the bulk of the band’s set skirted rock-pop with a smattering of blues. A few songs like ‘Baatein’ attempted being anthemic, and almost got there. Make no mistake, this is easily-digestible easy listening.
Drawing from simple stories of life, love and general musings, Datta’s lyrics are powerful and certainly poetic enough to speak volumes about his abilities as a songwriter.
The band’s sometimes groovy, sometimes mellow set proved that Airport has come a fair way from its first performance back in December – one that was held at relatively smaller suburban venue and attended by loyal friends, family and a camera crew. While the latter was true this time as well, the band didn’t disappoint.
Despite the fact that this was only their sophomore performance (Datta made up for lax stage presence with a rambling thank you speech towards the end), it’s safe to say that the Airport guys seem like they’re almost ready for takeoff.
(Pic: Joy Datta)