Interviewing the band with just one single EP “Hold On” released till date, yet gone on to have landed themselves a luscious niche as runners-up of VIMA India 2014 is clearly by far still a flabbergasted newest chapter of flamboyant testimony ever heard in the indie rock circuit history.
In an excerpt from the sit-down conversation I had with the lead singer Molee Lollen from Yesterdrive recently. He dished all about their personal lives and musical journey for the band most intimate interview yet.
Formed in summer of 2012, the band is currently based in New Delhi and cites its influences from the post punk favourites like “The Cure”, “The Ramones” and “The Band of Horses”. Yesterdrive was born out of passion and driven into music to bring back the Indie Rock music sounds of the past.
What’s the origin of your band’s name?
The name “Yesterdrive” comprises of two words ”Yester” meaning “Yesterday/Past” and “Drive” meaning the “Stomp Box” that we use for our guitars. Basically “Yesterdrive” is all about the past analog sounds revived in the digital sounding based era.
Mind introducing the band members to our readers once again?
Molee Lollen on Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitars
Haggai Rongmei on Lead Guitars/ Backing Vocals
Liem Ngadong on Bass
Sachin Shahi on Drums
Kabir Jamatia on Synth/Samples/FX
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
We are an Indie rock group and our works fall under that category itself. Our major influences are “The Ramones”, “Talking Heads”, “Sex Pistols” and individually all of us have different influences as we are from various musical backgrounds coming together as one.
How long have you guys known each other? How did you meet and decided to form the band?
Me and Liem (Bassist) were childhood friends and we have jammed together in the past. The same goes for Haggai (Lead Guitarist) and Sachin (Drums) who knew each other for a pretty long time.
Initially during the recording of our debut EP, I approached Haggai who also works as Music Producer at the independent label – CoreConxept Music. He helped me during the compositions and recording sessions, he later on joined the band as a session guitarist at first and now he has been officially made our lead guitarist.
We were in need of a drummer and after some audition, Haggai referred us to Sachin (Drums). Kabir Jamatia (Synth) is the latest addition to join the band, we started playing with him since our debut gig at “Ziro Music Festival” on Septemeber 2013.
What inspired you to make music together?
Each one of us has the drive and is very passionate about making music individually and after we met it just happened. It’s the same old story for every band on how they are inspired to make music together.
Are you signed to any record label?
We are still unsigned artist, but our debut single “Hold On” was recorded, mixed, mastered and digitally distributed under our friends label at CoreConxept Music.
What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Every venue we play is always our favorites. The best gig we had jammed is “Live From The Console” at Mehboob Studios, we got to headlined there for the first edition of this year’s event.
The crowd, the organizers and the whole crew were so receptive and supportive towards us. Honestly we are thankful to the whole team of “LFTC” for giving us the platform and we consider ourselves lucky to be the first band from Northeast India to have performed there and can’t wait to get back there again, just waiting for their call (sic).
[code]20th March – Hotel Potala, Green Park (New Delhi)
21st March – Turqoise Cottage, Saket (New Delhi)
22nd March – Interview/Session, Radio One (Bangalore)
23rd March – Northeast Carnival, Ulsoor (Bangalore)[/code]
Which songs do you perform mostly?
We consider playing our originals mostly but we can’t help ourselves performing some covers of our favourite bands like “Bucket”, “Teenage Icon” during our live sets.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
The songs are mostly written by me. The themes and topics are mostly random thoughts so nothing in specific. We are not barred to any particular limitation in songwriting, we take it as it comes.
What are your rehearsals generally like?
The rehearsals are generally fun and then it becomes serious. We totally endorse rehearsing at our favourite jam pad in South Delhi called Padded Cell 250.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
We are still searching for the signature “Yesterdrive” sound which we think we tried our best to bring it out on our new singles like “Sweet Green Emotion” and “Angie’s Holiday”.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge?
Honestly speaking, the biggest challenge for all bands in India would be finance/funds to support the band. The bitter truth is that in our country, the organizers call the artists to come and perform for free. Well HELLO! We are trying to make a living out of it.
What’s the ultimate direction for your band?
The Ultimate direction for “Yesterdrive” is to keep making good music and go global someday (sic).
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
For those who want to form their own bands, I would suggest to stay original and come up with something fresh and not to be a gimmick of your favourite band. We all can copy other’s work or even outdo our favourite “original song” but when it comes to start writing your own original, that’s where you can get stuck. My best wishes to all you people out there.
How do fans-to-be gain access to your music?
We have uploaded our songs on the internet. Please drop us by on
Our debut EP “Hold On” is downloadable on iTunes and Nokia OVI Store.
Any last words?
Please continue supporting local Artists. Thank You!