Kerplunk is the sound of an ampliﬁer being unplugged and also the title of Green Day’s second studio album. Kerplunk, staying true to its name, is the third in the series of gigs that Qrated has put together. After the immensely successful intellectual hip-hop property ‘No Diggity’, Qrated turned the modestly-sized Matchbox into the venue of a music festival hosting some of the best independent acts across the country and an audience of around 300.
The idea of Kerplunk was to bring together people to appreciate rock as a genre amidst its wide popularity that connects both younger and elder audiences to the same root.
Past Three Editions
Kerplunk 1.0 featured alt-rock superstars Mosko with their perfect blend of trance and electronica from Delhi, punk rockers Dossers Urge with their electrifying stage presence from Shillong, Guwahati biggies Press Select with their old school alt-rock touch and Karnika Popli, the freshest act in pop-rock from Delhi.
After its grand launch, Qrated decided to go ahead with the second edition featuring a line-up that was even better. Chennai’s progressive rock gem, Skrat was the headlining act. Music lovers also got to enjoy performances by Frisky Pints, Yesterdive, Kum Chirui and Mad As March.
Moving on to a new venue, Kerplunk’s third edition featured Indian post-rock giant, Aswekeepsearching, who shared the stage with the “2017 Sennheiser Top50” runners’up , When Chai Met Toast from Kochi, along with Dhruv Visvanath, who featured in ’30 Great Guitarists under 30′ in 2014 from Delhi and Guwahati’s favourite alt-rock band, Lucid Recess.
Emotional fans singing along their favourite bands, commented, ‘This is the best Kerplunk till date! Can’t wait for the future editions.’
‘We may not be making much of a difference in the scene. But we are trying to make independent music happen in Delhi and Guwahati,’ cites Kaushik Jai Barua, co-founder, Qrated.
Kerplunk’s Fourth Edition
This December, Kerplunk makes its way to the Northeast for two back-to-back gigs in Shillong and Guwahati. Headliners Girish and the Chronicles will play their first-ever all-original set in their 14 year old career. Skrat, the Chennai punk rockers will be back with the recent release of their widely appreciated second album “Bison” along with Soul Inclination, a Delhi based band, Rare View Mirror, a Guwahati based experimental/progressive rock band, and Alt-rock bands Elephant in the Elevator and Trivial.
In addition to this, the Shillong leg of the show will also witness the return of punk rock poster boys from Meghalaya, Street Stories, after a hiatus of almost three years.
22nd December 2017: Cloud 9, Shillong
23rd December 2017: 02, Panjabari, Guwahati