Motherjane, a music band hailing from Kochi has reshaped rock music in many ways. Since its formation in 1996, the rock band has gone through ups and downs. Initially, the band consisted of John Thomas (drums), Mithun Raju(guitar), Clyde Rozario (bass) and the vocalists, Laji and Nirmal. But eventually, some members left and some others joined, reshaping the band several times. In 2002, Motherjane released their first studio album, Insane Biography.
Kan & Will Records released Motherjane’s debut album, Insane Biography in 2002. Motherjane’s style is a unique blend of rock and Carnatic music. Insane Biography was the only album that was featured in the Asian Rock Rising Festival held in Japan. Moreover, Geki-Teki Metal, a compilation album released in 2004 in Japan included Motherjane’s Soul Corporations in it. The band was also a big hit at the Levi’s Great Indian Rock Festival (2003).
Soon, Motherjane’s next album, Maktub came out in 2008. This one showed Carnatic influences in the guitar and vocals even more profoundly. Besides, the band ventured to use traditional instruments like Chenda (a percussion instrument used in Kerala) in the background of the songs. Rolling Stone India declared Maktub as the album of the year in 2009.
Following the release of Maktub, Motherjane received more recognition. The band won the Best Rock Act award in the 2009 AVIMA awards. Soon, Motherjane headlined many college rock festivals. The band also won the award for the Most Popular act in Asia in the 2010 AVIMA awards. In addition to this, Motherjane’s then lead vocalist Suraj Mani received the award for the Best Rock Vocalist. The rock band also appeared no 1 in the Rock Street Journal’s bands of the decade list in 2010.
Apart from this, Motherjane has released 5 singles. The rock band from Kochi released their last single, Namaste in 2018. Namaste speaks about recognizing and accepting others. Moreover, the band explained in an interview that it is a love song for all humanity. This song, which was produced by Rex Vijayan received much appreciation from fans. The band recently appeared in the Indiegaga International Music & Arts Festival held in Kochi.
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