The Lightyears Explode – an Alternative /Indie Pop band
The Lightyears Explode are an Alternative /Indie Pop band from Mumbai, India. Their music features pop hooks, punchy drums, syncopated rhythms, jangly guitars & kitschy synths set to stories about suburban paranoia & escapism.
Here is the The Lightyears Explode in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your journey as a duo musicians begin?
This is our first single as a duo. We met in college (FYJC) and formed a punk rock band over a decade ago. When we released our latest EP mellow our sound had changed a lot. So we decided to take this project ahead as a two-piece.
2) Which was your first track?
The first track that we properly released was called I am a Disco Dancer from our first album, The Revenge of Kalicharan in 2013.
3) Tell us more about The Lightyears Explode and why did you choose this name?
We love Toy Story and we named our band The Lightyears because of the Buzz Lightyears. However, we received an email from a band informing us that they have the same name so we ended up adding Explode in the end and made it The Lightyears Explode.
4) Who has been your inspiration?
Our family and closest friends. We love listening to and also taking inspiration from artists like Bleachers, Fleetwood Mac, Tears For Fears, Charli XCX and many more
5) Where do you see yourselves in the next 5 years?
Still making music playing across the country maybe outside (fingers crossed)
6) Which has been your most memorable performance?
One of most favourite performance was opening for our favourite band Zero at Awestrung (Mumbai).
7) Tell us about your latest track.
Nostalgia 99 is our latest single, which we released on 22nd April. Pulling influences from Synth Pop over the decades. The song deals with the protagonist’s relationship with his past. Glorifying peaks and dramatizing lows, always wasting time in the present. Nostalgia can be a safe space for him, while dealing with anxiety. But chasing that past, and avoiding his feelings complicates his present relationships with loved ones and friends. Can he learn to run to his feelings instead of from it?
8) Tell us about the indie music scenes in Mumbai.
It is growing and we are excited to see what it turns into. Mali, Tejas, Kayan and Shortround are some of our favourite indie artists.
9) How was life in quarantine?
It is pretty bad because we always considered ourselves as a live act. We can’t wait for things to get better so we can play all our new songs live. We hope all our friends and family are safe and fine.
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