Early SIN Artwork
Stuck in November first made their appearance on the scene a few years ago, and quickly gave off a distinctive post-rock vibe. With a few gigs at CounterCulture, including The Big Mushroom Cloud Festival, the band split ways when frontman Nihal Anand left for further studies. Under his solo moniker, Deadstar, Nihal has released five pay-what-you-want EPs on BandCamp with the latest one out just last week. Two years down the line, some of this material has been incorporated into the band’s new format, comprising of original members Arjun Kutty and Mayur Nanda, along with bassist Nihaal Joseph filling in the deeper tones.
“We have quiet guitars, big post rock buildups, mathy guitar arpeggios, heavy riffs and strange carnival music all together in one of the new songs”
We caught up with Deadstar, Nihal Anand, to see what the new Stuck in November sounds like.
soundplunge_test: Is there going to be any change in the band’s sound in this new avatar?
Nihal: Yes. We’re going through a bit of a genre shift at the moment, away from post-rock and more towards progressive math rock. The new songs have more interesting time signatures and are tightly structured in most sections compared to our older, loose sound. As a result, we’ve started from scratch almost, and we don’t really sound like our old stuff too much. Is that a good thing? Maybe. At least we think so.
soundplunge_test: Will most of the content be based around Deadstar material, or will it be a collaborative jamming effort?
Nihal: Deadstar is what Stuck in November would’ve been if I hadn’t left so I think it’s a natural thing for me to go back to those songs while writing for the band. We’ve re worked about 3 songs, but the majority of the new songs have been written in the last month with the whole band. Going forward from here, we’ll write all our songs together.
soundplunge_test: Plans for an album?
Nihal: Right now we’re more focused on playing shows and getting our live sound right. We have a new bassist and haven’t jammed together for two years, so right now that’s more important. There are plans for an album of course, but it’s not something we’re actively thinking about at this point. We haven’t planned anything specific but we’d love to play across the country.
soundplunge_test: What are the bands that influence your sound? What kind of music inspires you?
Nihal: All of us listen to different music and as cheesy as it sounds we bring that together when we play. Personally I am influenced by Owen, ASIWYFA and TTNG while writing guitar riffs. Apart from math rock a lot of different bands inspire the kind of music I write like Brand New, The Dillinger Escape Plan, MeWithoutYou and Balance Problems.
soundplunge_test: With a distinct post-rock/math-rock vibe, do you feel there may be limitations in the style of music?
Nihal: Not at all, we don’t think about the genre while writing music. We have quiet guitars, big post rock buildups, mathy guitar arpeggios, heavy riffs and strange carnival music all together in one of the new songs so I guess we’re not that limited by it!
soundplunge_test: What venue would you love to play, if you could?
Stuck in November played their first reunion gig as an acoustic set at Goobe’s Book Republic, a venue the percussionist Mayur Nanda has already performed at under his solo electronica moniker, Six Flying Whales. Read the review here. The band’s new sound will be truly revealed at their all-out amplified set at Freewheel Rollin’, an upcoming rock gig happening early next month at The Humming Tree.