The reincarnation band from Darjeeling Hill:-
It all happened in 1998 when a group of friends unanimously came together with a confined intension to Rock n’ Roll in the “Autumn Serenade” 98. when they opened for Pralaya & Magnum Opus in Darjeeling. Despite being pitted against the two biggest bands at that time, the boys managed to get the attention of the crowd. The burning unleashed and burst forth with an enthusiasm that set the stage and thus began the saga of the “Reincarnation”.
Work started right next morning with Vicky as the front man, Kalyan on bass, Shadeo as lead guitarist accompanied by Sandeep on 2nd guitar, Dewakar on the keyboards, Sanjit taking care of his drums along with Dhiraj on percussions, the band soon began performing at minor gigs in and around Darjeeling.
However, the Reincarnation’s biggest moment was when they made a clear sweep of all the major awards at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur festival in 2000. Vicky walked away with the best vocals award, the best lead guitarist title went to Shadeo and the best drummer was bagged by Sanjit. Needless to add, the Reincarnation was declared the “Best Band”. This was followed by a series of concerts in Darjeeling and its allied areas.
What sets the band apart from the rest is perhaps their willingness to experiment with different forms of music and not just sticking to a particular genre and doing cover versions of English Rock bands. The Reincarnation bagged the first position in the first ‘Nepali Pop Competition’ held in Darjeeling during the year 2001. This event enabled them to get their track ‘Hijo Samma’ find its way into “Gorkha Rocks” compilation from the hills.
They are not bound by change in language, but for them music itself is a universal language. By releasing their first debut album now known in the market as ‘Hijo Samma’ in August, 2003, they have proved their versatility and have become a household name.
The year 2003 saw them open for 1974 AD, one of the hottest bands in Nepali Rock music scene. With ‘Hijo Samma’ gaining immense popularity they performed at major concerts in Kalimpong, Gangtok, Siliguri, Mirik, Dooars and Kurseong. They performed before 1000 thronging heads here at the “Darjeeling Carnival 2003”.
The dying music episode in Darjeeling and their zeal for music aroused their senses to revive the spirit of Rock in the hills. Going through immense hardships, they have succeeded in acquainting the people with their music. “Music for Peace” is what the Reincarnation aspires and performs.
As far as their brand of music is concerned, the Reincarnation has plenty of influences. Growing up on a staple dose of Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Guns n’ Roses, Doors, Kansas as most youngsters of the region, their music still stand apart even when they are doing cover versions. Their strength is in delivering in mainstream rock with the perfect get up of “Tie n’ Dye” T-shirts, painted torn jeans, almost dramatizing their performances to reach out to their audience, which worked wonders in creating a certain ‘on-stage image’ for them.
“Though problems do crop up, the love for music and understanding among ourselves is always constant. We all love to Rock n’ Roll and despite all the adversities, we still remain as a family” says Vicky. “We are looking forward to a new sound with the incorporation of some technical stuff in our forth coming album”, says Axeman Shadeo.
In short, the birth of “The Reincarnation” is an ode to the revival of rock music in the hills… A band that emerged as an effort to bring souls together.
With more than 40+ stage performances, the Re-birth of Souls is still rocking and plans to rock as long as they can.
“Rock n’ Roll is a state of mind, give peace a chance!” Sachin exclaims.
"Om Shanti" is what they believe in.