Driving in the Northeast: Catching up with Indie-Rock band Yesterdrive

Yesterdrive is an indie-rock quartet from Arunachal Pradesh. The 'drive' bit from the name is apparent from the band's sound and is a throwback to the '80s and '90s. Formed in the summer of 2013, Yesterdrive have combined regular studio work with gigging and now find themselves at the threshold of levelling up. We caught up with the band. Excerpts from the interview follow below:

The current line-up of Yesterdrive is:

Molee Lollen

Haggai Rongmei

Liem Ngadong

Kabir Jamatia


From Left to Right: Liem Ngadong, Molee Lollen and Haggai Rongmei

How did Yesterdrive start?

It all started as the brainchild of Molee, who initially wanted to record some of his demos. It later turned into an EP with the help of his childhood friend Liem, followed by Haggai and the rest just happened along the way.

When did you feel it all started looking up for you?

After the launch of our Debut EP "Hold On", we also got our Music Video (Hold On) aired on VH1 which marked our presence in the music scene and it’s because of our Music Video and the EP that we were invited for our Debut gig at "Ziro Festival of Music 2013"

Sachin (the drummer) has recently moved away, yes?

Yeah and we were looking out for a new drummer. We will announce it in a while. Meanwhile, we wish Sachin the best of luck for his future.

Tell us about the music you have put out till now.

The Debut EP "Hold On" consisted of three songs: Voices, Hold On and Where Did It End. Our self- titled debut album included the first two songs off our EP as well. In total, it had six songs in it: Angie's Holiday, Old Monk, Sweet Green Emotion, Voices, Hold On and Fake Schemes.

Where does Yesterdrive find itself now?

We are Independent and loving it! We have been busy jamming for our upcoming shows this month: 21st February, Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh Statehood Day Celebration), 27th February, Someplace Else (The Park Hotel, Kolkata). If you're around, do come by to support us! It will mean a hell of a lot.

Presumably, you have been working on new music. Tell us more about it.

Yes, we are working on new material. Actually, we have two singles ready and a few more in the pipeline. We are hoping to put out an EP this summer, if all goes well!

With Northeast scaling up in terms of music festivals, how has it been playing the biggest ones in ZFM & Hornbill?

Ziro Festival Of Music will always remain dear to us as they provided us our debut gig in 2013.

And they were more than gracious enough to help us launch our self-titled debut album prior to our second visit in 2014. We would also like to congratulate the entire team of ZFM for being tagged as the "Best Music Festival In The Country". Until and unless you have been to Ziro Music Festival, you are missing out on something for sure!

As for Hornbill, we competed for the "Hornbill International Rock Contest" in 2013 and it was a nice experience performing there and last year on December 10th, 2014, we were invited as a guest band for the closing ceremony of the Festival. Hornbill Festival is infused with culture, tradition and music and it is still by far the longest running festival in the country and it’s a must visit for all.

You can listen to Yesterdrive here.

If you have any comments, questions or just simply want to say hi to the band, why not do it in the comments below?

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