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Judging Air India based on the Secret Machine EP, the band is lyrically naïve and musically competent but not spectacular and certainly not unique. Vocalist Karla Velikan’s voice is nice enough, a gentle croon over the persistently chugging power chords, but it lacks the emotion to send you soaring with the angels. On one hand, Air India sounds like a local version of Lacuna Coil, and nothing more.
But there is another hand. Because despite all of the above, there’s something fascinating about the tunes, the hooks, that these guys have dreamed up. Maybe that’s because, as they say on the press release, “The members of Air India are longtime friends and the group writes songs collaboratively.”