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Happy Sad is the first single from upcoming self-titled debut EP by The Derelicts released on Overfeed Records.
One of the most interesting behaviours that so many young people have is persevering through mental illness or depression enough to go out. Often times in your 20s or college career, there will be nights where the weight of the world can fall on you, but if your friends say they’re going to the bar, you can occasionally stave off the sadness enough to get yourself to the bar and be the saddest person at the party. The Derelicts’ “Happy Sad” is built on this notion of trying to grin in the face of a bleak outlook. This indie pop jam is from the Indian group’s debut EP next month, and we’re excited to be bringing its first single to the U.S. on Atwood Magazine!
- ATWOOD Magazine
Fresh from an arm injury that prevented Ashwin Nath from playing synth for a year, the keyboardist also had to step down from performing with folk rock band Thakara. “Thankfully, I found four people as derelict as I was,” Nath says with a laugh about putting together The Derelicts in Kochi.
Comprising bassist Sreekanth Bhasi (Nath’s bandmate in Thakara), guitarist Sabarish Menon and drummer Biju Karthik, The Derelicts started out as Nath’s solo project in 2016, after he had spent four years getting into music after dropping out of his “depressing” life as a chartered accountant. But then, he played synth and has a major disco music fixation, which resulted in the band sounding as vibrant as they do on their debut single “Happy Sad.” He says about the song that takes its title from the themes of 2016 film Sing Street, “It’s melancholic lyrics set to happy music.”
Their upcoming EP, which will release in a couple of months, is a snapshot of their journey from starting out with alt-rock influences to completely leaning into electronic music. “There’s a funky, Eighties pop sound,” Nath says of another song called “Jennifer.”
Recorded by ace producer Vivek Thomas and released via Overfeed Records (run by Kerala alt rock frontrunners Black Letters), The Derelicts are now set for a month and a half on the road through South India in April and May 2018.
"The Derelicts From Kochi Dance Away Uncertainties on ‘Happy Sad’" - Rollingstone Magazine, India
released March 23, 2018
Music & Lyrics by The Derelicts!
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered at Vivek Thomas Productions
Art by Elwin Charly