Genre:-Garage Rock/ Post Punk
Playing Since :-2013
Influences :-Bands- The Clash, David Bowie, Queen, Velvet Underground
Favourite Venue:-Ziro Festival
Name of Artist/Band?
Arun Cherian -Vocals, Mebanshanbor Marbaniang -Drums, Mukul Menon -Guitars, Nishant Kumar -Keyboards, Wate – Zhiemi – Guitars, Yasir Syed -Bass guitar.
What does your band name mean and where did it come from?
ThePilgrim is the translation of the Urdu word Musafir. It was initially used as a moniker for our experiments on making music on the computer, and stuck on after. We met as a bunch of architecture students and this signifies our journey in making music together.
What are your influences?
We draw influences from bands such as The Clash, David Bowie, Queen, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, The Hives, The Strokes, The Doors, The Kinks, The Pixies, The Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Smiths, Neil Young, older bollywood music from the 60’s. 70’s and 80’s among others.
How do you write your songs?
We are what you might describe as a jam band. We play music together and our songs are mostly a result of happy accidents that occur in the studio.
What’s the most “rock star” thing that you’ve ever done?
Played through a concert without any electricity by just hollering at the crowd.
ThePilgrim are a six-piece rock’n’roll unit that first came to being in the music room of School of Planning and Architecture where all of them were students. Their music is born from the deep bonds they have formed as friends and a mutual love for creating original material . A large part of their live set which extends over one and a half hours is in the process of being recorded in 2017.
Their music itself has been variously described as Garage-rock, Post-Punk and Indie, drawing influences from bands such as The Clash, David Bowie, Queen, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, The Hives, The Strokes, The Doors, The Kinks, The Pixies, The Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Smiths, Neil Young, among others.
In 2013, they won the Delhi Indie night and featured in NME magazine-
“FIRST INDIE-MUSIC BAND COMPETITION COMES TO A CLOSE WITH PILGRIM WINNING IT ALL”.
In December 2015, they released a three track EP, Saturnalia along with a crowd-funded video with the support of their fans.