Protocol

How Black Mirror, Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt inspired Protocol’s debut ‘Friar’s Lantern’

By her own admission, Mumbai prog band Protocol’s vocalist-lyricist Shweta Venkatramani is no saint. She recounts how she was running late for a job interview and the train she was on had stalled for 45 minutes, caused by a death on the tracks.

“I only remember hearing whispers of ‘we’re so late’ and I am ashamed to admit that that’s all I could think of too! Yet you’d look at my social media and think I’m Mother Teresa! Hence the lyrics ‘I have participated in the crime, I’m responsible for all that is wrong inside of my mind’ or ‘The voice of empathy has been evading me’,” she says, citing the contents of the gloomy yet jolting song ‘Swipe Left’.

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