Tough on music
- Rohit Pramar
Event : Tough on Tobacco Live
Featuring : Tough On Tobacco
Venue : Hard Rock Café, Mumbai
Date : 19 October, 2010
Hard Rock Café has become one of the most famous destinations to host gigs in Mumbai. While its classy interiors may not always be in sync with the music, we have never really felt uncomfortable there. Perhaps it’s the crowd, which is so different; it makes you feel right, or the entry fee, which makes you feel like you have to enjoy yourself.
The group to be performing for the evening was Tough On Tobacco, led by former Zero member Sidd Coutto.
It was a surprise to see the place filled with so many people despite the heavy unpredictable rains in the city. Half drenched and half dry, a lot of them appeared to know the members personally. The band came out at a few minutes after 10, and of course, they made friends with the people quickly. Sidd first introduced the band members, giving most of his time to the co-guitarist Niranjan Dhar.
Their music, which is a combination of pop-rock, with reggae put in for versatility, was constantly pleasant and brought in a sense of responsiveness that most bands can only spoof. Their songs, such as ‘Happy’, ‘Tough On Tobacco’, and ‘Smoke Some Ganja’, were amazing.
Their lyrics are cheering and their music is content. Yet ‘Smoke Some Ganja’, they say, brings about nothing wrong – “The song is for the clinically depressed people, no one else,” says Sidd.
The crowd was fun and each one kept shouting for more. And when Sidd announced the last song for the evening, the audience shouted, “No. Please don’t stop.”
Nonetheless, the gig ended far early than we thought. However, their music was more than satisfying, and the audience, even those who were not acquainted with the band, were completely won over by the band’s reggae beats. Their laid-back vibe was radiant and cheerful.