WHO ARE SANKARA?
Once upon a time there was a Welsh folk-goth-psychedelic-metal band called Bluehorses.
They released five albums, 2 live videos/dvds and played lots of folk and rock festivals all
over Europe. The band ended in 2008, leaving guitarist Jay MacDonald & bassist Rhayn
Jooste to look for something else to do.
In 2009 a progressive rock band called the Reasoning decided to part ways with their co-
lead vocalist / keyboard player Gareth Jones and drummer Vinden Wylde. Gareth and
Vinden were founder members and played on the first two Reasoning albums as well as
on numerous tours. Gareth and Jay were old friends, having played together in various
local bands over the years. Jay had also helped out as a guitarist for the Reasoning on a
European club tour after Bluehorses imploded.
Jay and Gareth started writing songs together during late 2009 / early 2010. They realised
they had better get a band together so called in Rhayn and Vinden as Sankara's rhythm
section. Effectively this means that, while Sankara is an entirely new band with no current
ties to either Bluehorses or the Reasoning, all four members of the group have extensive
experience in the music industry from playing the floors of pubs up to headlining festivals
in front of 10,000 people.
WHAT DO SANKARA SOUND LIKE?
Imagine Lady Gaga getting gang-banged in a lift by the Deftones while Keith Richards and
Lemmy sip tea and watch from the sidelines. That's a great image, isn't it? Unfortunately
Sankara sound almost nothing like that. What they do sound like, however, is a '70's
influenced rock band with melodic pop sensibilities who occasionally like to get slightly
progressive. Perhaps the Killers channelling Led Zeppelin or Elton John fronting UFO? I'm
sure you get the idea.
One of the defining principles laid down when the band formed was that there shouldn't be
a generic or homogeneous Sankara song writing style. The songs and overall band sound
will naturally evolve because of the individual sounds and playing styles of Gareth, Jay, and Vinden.
Currently the band are about to release their new album Guided by Degrees.
They have deliberately kept a low profile until now, only playing shows at a few local
venues like the Buffalo Bar in Cardiff, in order to hone their live set and test their original
material. Rhayn has left the band for personal reasons.
According to legend (well, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom!) five stones were given
to the Indian hero Sankara by the Hindu god Shiva on Mount Kalisa, along with the
message that he should go forth and battle evil with them. Sankara used the stones to
convert many in India to the worship of Shiva, though after his death, the stones became
lost, scattered by wars and sold on by mercenaries over hundreds of years. Why on earth
name a band after the MacGuffin in a dodgy '80s adventure movie? Because of a dialogue
between two of the characters:
Short Round: What is Sankara?
Indiana Jones: Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.
Killers, Elton John, Queen, Black Label Society, Guns n Roses, Metallica, Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge