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Pin Drop Violence
Playing metal isnít easy, especially in India. Social ostracism, exacting fans and limited avenues are just some of the things bands have to take in their stride. Finally, there is the cut-throat competition. Metal bands are one of the most aggressive groups of people when it comes to building and protecting their turf. Pin Drop Violence is a band that has managed to survive and prosper in this scenario. They have a brand new album out, too.

Pin Drop Violence, better known as their abbreviation, is a metal band from Mumbai. PDV came into the Indian rock scene at a time when metal was the dominant genre. Monster riffs, guitar solos that spanned at least three octaves and double bass drums were the norm. Each band had their share of die-hard fans. It wasnít going to be easy to earn their respect. Metalheads are very difficult to convince, but once won over they are so fiercely loyal that they can actually drive the band ahead. PDV won this group of people in ones and twos and today they have a fan base that is every bandís envy. PDVís fans like to call themselves Pinheads.

PDV was formed in 2000 by bass player Rohit Perriera and vocalist Pradeep Miranda. Perriera, a.k.a. P-man, had been around playing for various Mumbai bands. Pradeepís was a relatively new name but he had all the requisites to front a metal band. The two set out to rope in the rest of the band and soon put up a gig at Razzberry Rhinoceros. There was excitement to see the new entrants and the buzz was that this band played nu-metal ~ the noise of choice those days, thanks to Korn and Linkin Park stomping all over the world.

PDVís second album was released in June this year through Counter Culture records. Titled Right II Riot, the 13-track album reflects the bandís hard work and its sales mirror PDVís popularity. We did a Q and A with the tattooed and heavily-pierced band.

The Record: What, in your opinion, makes PDV different from other metal bands?
P-Man: The music, I guess. I havenít heard a single band in this country that sounds like us. When we started off we were pioneers in the Bombay rock scene. We have matured technically and our song-writing has improved. This reflects in our new album. The nailing down factor is present. I wonít say we are the most technical metal band around, but we are the grooviest.

TR: What does playing in PDV mean to you?
Pradeep: Playing in PDV is like being somewhere you belong. All of us know our roles and responsibilities and we give it all weíve got. For me, itís a good catharsis. What could be better than shouting out loud what you truly believe in? It's great to have talented members who share your goal as well. That's always important because a band is never a one-man show. All in all, it definitely means a lot to me. That's something my friends and family will vouch for.
Mithun: Playing in PDV is an achievement that is about 50,348 times bigger and better than topping MBA, IIM, BE etc. Unlike those degrees, there are no paid seats, we all got through purely on the basis of sheer talent and hard work that is slowly but effectively paying off. Itís old school.
Viru: You have been a hardcore fan of a band and have been listening to their music since the beginning, and then one day, you get to play with the band. How can you explain that feeling?
P-Man: You need to be in touch with your creative side lest you might go dead in the brain. PDV is a major outlet for me to vent out my emotions. Itís very easy to lose it and be a part of the machinery but I have this band that helps me keep sane. Playing in PDV is my release, my lifeline, my extended family. With all the shit we been through, it has been all worth it, and I'd go back and do it all over again. In other words, playing in PDV is like having sex with Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Kim Sharma and Minissha Lamba at the same time.

TR: What did you have to face before you became popular? How have things changed since then?
P-Man: When we started off, I remember telling Pradeep that we will never win college festivals and we should just take pride in opening for bands at Razz. I never thought weíd ever be accepted. Seven years down the line it feels great to have won major competitions and headlined gigs. Now, we have bands that want to open for us. As for the rock scene in general, there are more shows happening all over the country and people have become more open towards originals but the sad part is that there are not many avenues for a metal band.

TR: How was the experience of playing in Dubai? Tell us about your first gig abroad.
P-man: The experience was awesome even though we had to play with a replacement drummer. JP filled in for Viru. We had a lot many people coming in. Every band wants to play abroad and we got this chance to play in Dubai, even though it was a competition and wasnít a grand affair. It was like any other show here but with a lot more white faces. We had to pay for our own air-tickets. Now, we owe money to a lot of people (smiles).


You can read the rest of our feature on Pin Drop Violence in the September 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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