Thermal and a Quarter conjure the soundtrack of our times on ‘A World Gone Mad’

Eight albums and more than two decades in the game, Bangalore’s rock heavyweights Thermal and a Quarter (TAAQ) started offering new material like ‘World Gone Mad’ (2017) and ‘Leaders of Men’ (April 2019) and most recently ‘Stone Circle’ before they fully unveiled their latest record, A World Gone Mad.

What these first singles denoted was more or less business as usual for the band – Bruce Lee Mani was cheeky in his delivery of irony-heavy lyrics and didn’t falter in his aim when he breezily sang, “We were leaders of men/Bastards now and then.” The title track too stayed true to TAAQ’s bluesy, jazz-informed songwriting. But when ‘Stone Circle’ featuring Swikrity Singh dropped in September 2019, it showcased TAAQ at their most emotive like few times before. The slow, celebratory song was lush and very rooted in reality and almost anguished until you get to the chorus.

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