Aswekeepsearching (often abbreviated as AWKS; reported “As We Keep Searching”) is an Indian publish-rock band formed in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in September 2013 as a home studio project by way of vocalist & guitarist Uddipan Sarmah and ex-guitarist & keyboardist Shubham Gurung. They have released four studio albums and EPs.
The band has shared the degree with awesome acts consisting of Incubus, Fever 333, Textures, Caspian, God Is an Astronaut, Steven Wilson, 65daysofstatic, pg.Misplaced, Tides of Man, sleepmakeswaves, The Contortionist, Plini, Katy Perry, Dua Lipa and lots of extra. Their fresh & emotive approach to the post-rock genre followed via their live performances have finished remarkable fulfillment in India and the world over.
2013-2014: Formation, early years and Growing Suspicions
In September 2013, the band become commenced as a home studio project by means of vocalist & guitarist Uddipan Sarmah and keyboardist & guitarist Shubham Gurung in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The band launched their debut EP, Growing Suspicions in February 2014 offering 6 tracks and a couple of bonus tracks. Uddipan and Shubham have been joined by way of their pals Ashwin Naidu on the drums and Tushar Verma on the bass to play more than one live suggests in their domestic town.
2015-2016: Khwaab and Russia Tour
he yr 2015, noticed them come together as a stay act, with Robert Alex and Gautam Deb from a outstanding Pune primarily based experimental metallic band Noiseware, and this in the long run led to the release of aswekeepsearching’s first complete-duration release titled ‘Khwaab’ (that means “Dream”). Noiseware’s guitarist/producer Adhiraj Singh tracked the album at Refractor Studio in Pune and joined the band as their live sound engineer. The release of ‘Khwaab’ became the moment that brought about the start of a alternate in the Indian impartial music circuit. With the song spreading like wildfire attributable to its sparkling and emotive technique, the band redefined the journeying subculture in India; taking their tune to a multitude of towns regionally and also embarking on their first-ever distant places 5-metropolis Russian Tour where the band performed in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, Ekaterinburg and remaining display once more in Moscow.
2017-2018: Zia and Europe Tour
The massive visiting time table of ‘Khwaab’ delivered them their sophomore document ‘Zia’ (that means “Light”) – an eleven-music album birthed from the shared studies of the band. ‘Zia’ noticed the light of the day in April 2017 and received appreciation from critics & enthusiasts alike. Expanding the sonic landscape, the band collaborated with like-minded artists on choose songs, introducing Indian instrumentation consisting of Tabla, Sitar into their already various soundscape. This made for a unique and enthralling listening experience for a international target audience – putting a widespread for Modern Post-Rock. Prior to the discharge of the album, Uddipan hosted a ‘Zia // Storytelling & Listening Session Tour’ wherein he visited thirteen cities and hosted a listening consultation to a pick out wide variety of fanatics. The periods have been held in residing rooms and jam pads. Post-release, the band went directly to substantially tour – from selling out venues on their album release excursion to acting at ultimate track festivals in India which include NH7 Weekender and VH1 Supersonic. In May 2018, the band launched into their 2nd remote places 15 City tour throughout Europe with indicates at wonderful submit-rock outings like dunk! Festival (Belgium) & Pelagic Fest (Germany), the band made a lasting influence on Europe. After coming back from Europe, the band did a 7 town Homecoming excursion in which they included cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Shillong.
2019: Rooh, Sambit’s access inside the band and the Rooh India Tour
In May 2019, the band embarked on a five city tour protecting Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata. Later in July, after 4 years of being together, Gautam Deb left the band after completing the drum monitoring for the 1/3 album. The band’s longtime buddy & collaborator Sambit Chatterjee joined the band because the drummer. Prior to the release of the album, Uddipan another time hosted an album listening consultation and this time protected 20 cities. Finally, ‘Rooh’ (which means ‘Soul’), an eight-music album turned into launched in September 2019. The band then went on to excursion nine cities across India masking cities like Guwahati, Shillong, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Kohima and Pune; selling their brand new full-duration Rooh, headlined severa college gala’s at prestigious institutions just like the IITs, and additionally accomplished on the debut version of the OnePlus Music Festival held at DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai in November, where they got to proportion the degree with the likes of Amit Trivedi, Dua Lipa and Katy Perry.
While touring to unique towns for his or her performances, work on new song had already begun. In December 2019, the band laid the rules for their next complete-period launch, wherein they desired to touch on the subject of Mental fitness and its importance. In January 2020 they started the recording and pre-manufacturing manner for the album ‘Sleep’, set to launch at the seventeenth of April 2020. The release of Sleep also saw the parting of ways with guitarist Shubham Gurung, as he desired to awareness his energies on his spiritual route. In July 2020, the band spearheaded the campaign #foryourmind where they collaborated with independent artists like Hanita Bhambri, Raghav Meattle, Polar Lights, Mali, Aditi Ramesh, Bloodywood, FOI, Street Stories, Gaurav Tophakhane, Swarathma and others across the united states with a view to enhance awareness on Mental Health and Wellness.
Uddipan Sarmah – vocals, guitars (2013)
Robert Alex – bass (2015)
Sambit Chatterjee – drums, percussions (2017)
Gautam Deb – drums (2015–2019)
Shubham Gurung – guitars, keyboards (2013–2020)
Ashwin Naidu – drums (2013–2015)
Tushar Verma – bass (2013–2015)