• Interview by: Adarsh Rajagopal
  • Date: September 28, 2013

Another band that’s been in the news of late, for a lot of kick ass reasons. Sludge boys Shepherd recently underwent a line up change and are also on the verge of putting out their debut full length, a good dose of which should be heard at Evilution. Here are a few words from guitarist Namit Chauhan.

HB: Hey, guys. How’s it going? You’ve been a lot in the news of late. How is the album coming along? Are you guys done with it? 

Namit: Thanks for catching up! It’s been a little hectic at the moment, trying to juggle work, guitar and now vocal duties for Shepherd. Had a practice session with the band last evening, with the three of us pitching in here and there for vocals, and it  wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be.

As far as the album tracking goes, all of us are pretty satisfied with the amount of juice and grime that’s gone into the tracks and it’s just a matter of structuring  and laying down the vocal lines really, before The Premixer weaves his magic and makes it sound as big as we want it to.

HB: Your recent line-up change has become quite the talking point. Would you like to say a few words as to what brought that on, leading right up to Echoes From Beneath where Mahesh was expected to be in stage? 

Ah. I guess when the focus is not on the music bad shit like this is bound to  happen. It’s unfortunate to say the least, as in that point of time the recording was 90+ percent complete and it had taken us about 25 hours to do so. Yeah, it’s  too bad we can’t brag about that shit anymore, but whatever had to happen has happened already. Onwards to putting the Power in Power trio!

HB: The future is now both Namit and Deepak doing vocals, how is that going to work out? What about the difference in the overall sound of the band?

Namit: Both of us have picked out songs that we would like to sing and work on, and should be able to track those in the studio as well. I’m guessing our live set would sound like it’s been stripped bare, right down to the muscle, sinew and bone.

Also, ever since Mike has come on board we’ve never really had a riff-based impromptu jam session, but last evening we were locked in pretty good and I’m  hoping some of that spontaneity spills on to EVILUTION night.

HB: Take us through your album recording process. What was the experience like? How was it working with Premik? 

Namit: The band has about nine songs and the structure of these has been solid for quite some time. As a result we didn’t find the need to log in a lot of studio hours. It was awesome fun, and I really can’t wait to do more of this shit. Premik was a blast and he can have you in splits all the time. I guess what worked for us was that Djinn had just wrapped up their album, which made our job of getting Premik acquainted to Sludge a lot easier than we thought it would be.

HB: What can the crowd expect at Evilution? 

Namit: Djinn’s new album, Threinody slaying everybody in the house. Hopefully, in the midst of all the mayhem, we can knock a few people out with our own double-barreled dosage of heavy riffs.

HB: Lastly good luck to the band from us, we hope you get really far. Any last words for the readers?

Namit: Thanks! Hope you folks have a blast at the show!