They exploded right into the scene with their heavy/glam touch music,at that time when the scene was heavily dominated by extreme metal bands..And steadily they became known for their music,over the top crazy onstage & off stage presence.Assam suddenly turned its ears to FILHARMONIX's original straight forward loud n expressive heavy music.
It all began on a day of autumn back in the year 2009,when high school buddies guitarist Anurag,drummer Abhi & bassist Ved teamed up wid guitarist K.K (ex-steller core) and vocalist Kiran as "Unison".After Just 4 days before their 1st gig Kiran quit the band for his job career.
In that hour,Kk who had known a vocalist named Purab through a social network site suggested the band to rope him in.Thus Purab was brought in with a hope just before two days.On the 1st day of jam Purab revived the band and agreed to perform only if they make even 1 original for the gig.Kk came up wid a riff and in an hour Purab penned down n tuned their 1st original which later became one of their most popular song "Love Machine".With the new front-man and revived music they needed a new name.Drummer Abhi called up later that evening & suggested the name Filharmonix & everyone agreed.With that,their journey of Rock n roll began.
They all were like different substances which on binding creates an explosion.Their first appereance was in a gig called Phobiax in Guwahati.After that there was no looking back.They gained grounds on the basis of their song Love machine even before they recorded it.In between the gigs it took the band around 9-10 months to complete the recordings..And finally,they released their 1st album "Hot n High" on 18th july 2011.
With an all original album in hand,the band got a boost they needed..They got featured in magzines,t.v. interview,bigger venues.They were even featured n musically appreciated in an american monthly rock magazine "Cider" and in an american radio talk show "Slick n Johnny's".Their power ballad "Anaa Inside" stayed on no.5 slot in Bangalore monthly rock top 10 for 1 month.Anurag says,"that song would have never been in the album,coz it was kind of Purab's personal song.but we forcefully put it in the album and people were touched by the beauty of that true feeling."
In the later part of 2011,drummer Abhi,left the band for his academic career and another crashing drummer Sami joined the gang. Purab says,"he was one of the loud n expressive playing drummer we could find and he fitted right in.
People liked the band bcoz they were very transparent,on-stage or off-stage.They were wild guys who lived on the edge with their wild music n excess way of life..Intoxicants was one of the major thing which during that time stuck with the band..which even sometimes made them quarrel..Ved says,"once in a hotel room after a gig in dehradun,Kk & Purab had a fight and turned whole of my room into a mess.There were broken glasses all over the room.and i was so high that i couldn't even get up to stop them.it was all crazy".Along with music,Anurag n Kk had time with girls & booze,while Ved traveled a lot when he was not doing music or booze.And Purab would be found in bars or intoxicating himself to the bottom line for his personal ups n downs..Anurag will be the one who,will be carrying Purab after he passes out..The band lived wild with their attitude of Live wild & die fast.
Kk says,"Purab n Ved used to stay in the same rooms in hotels and the 1st thing on waking up in the morning,they wud gulp down whiskey!" Ved was like,the early u rise,the more u can drink through the day!! Purab was nicknamed beast because he would drink upto 14 large ones.
The band even had an encounter with supernaturals when they were in goa in a house near an old cemetery. Purab recalls,"it was a horrifying night when one of our band-mates seems to be possessed". Through all theses,the band recorded new songs n released their 2 single tracks after 1 & half year in 2013.Those were "Usa" n "Devil's girl"..Usa was a full on heavy track mocking on the Us porn industry,while Devil's girl was a heavy-metal ballad about a friend of the band who had wired dreams. Then came the biggest break for the band when they were chosen for Harley Davidson Rock Riders in 2013..They were given an all expense paid trip to Mumbai with 2 more bands from all over India,where they shared the same stage with some of the big names like Overhung,Junkyard groove,Shaair n funk.Gibson Guitars gifted a Lespaul studio model to Anurag during that gig,which added a star to the band's credit.
Filharmonix kick-started with their raunchy breed of,hard,heavy music back in 2009,and still continues to record n perform live when most of the bands of that time dissapeared.The only things that changed are the drummer & Purab became some what stabilized in his offstage life.Apart from those,the band is still rocking its way as it did from the beginning.
The band is thankful to everyone who has been sharing their journey since the start and Filharmonix will sail on along with its fans.