CONTRA Rocks Hard on Debut Single ‘Rain’

Indian indie scene staples Manas Jha and Dean/Nikhil Bhosle, formerly of Revolver, now seam together a four-piece rock outfit CONTRA and unshackle their fiery debut single ‘Rain’ via No Binary Records.

CONTRA’s maiden outing explores issues of emotional numbness and a state of being devoid of any sensations, while also providing a deep examination of despair. “‘Rain’ is about desolation,” says vocalist Manas Jha. “It explores life having given up on love, gradually losing the ability to feel anything at all.”

‘Rain’ authentically delivers on its hard rock/progressive rock tone, unfolding with dastardly grunge rhythms and roaring bass segments. Jha’s flowing vocals carry the tune over pounding drums and distorted guitars. A rousing guitar solo shapes the outro with the lyrics, ‘Colours I feel no more…’ echoing over the music.

Ideated and directed by filmmaker and vocalist Upasana Chhetri, the music video for ‘Rain’ masterfully switches the protagonist from a mundane lifestyle depicted with a black-and-white aesthetic to a spirited, eclectic one in color. With expert cinematography and shot transitions, it captures the protagonist dancing on the street and fighting intense battles, reflecting his inner conflict.

CONTRA sees Pankaj Kulkarni on bass, Natasha Nair on drums, with Manas Jha on vocal duties and Dean/Nikhil Bhosle shredding the guitar. Their debut effort is produced by Siddharth Basrur, arguably one of the most in-demand producers in the Indian indie music scene right now.

Listen to ‘Rain’ by CONTRA HERE

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