“That's the individual level but from a larger point of view we have songs talking about guarding the people and beliefs that represent hope for a better world,” adds Raoul. “Whether it's about eliminating divisive politics, ending sexual assault or holding corrupt journalists accountable. It's about protecting that sense of hope.”
The band – who are formed around that central trio of Karan, Jayant and Raoul with additional touring members when they hit the road – have also written about issues such as mental health and bullying. Raoul says they try to take things “beyond the music” whenever they can, though, whether that’s giving away prepaid online counselling sessions to fans in need of them or donating tour profits to provide an NGO with an ambulance to help homeless animals.
For Raoul that Raj Against The Machine tag (which is also the title of a tour documentary the band shot around their first European run) was more than a mere pun. The rapper cites Rage Against The Machine as his biggest influence both musically and in terms of activism. “They proved how far music can go from a political and socio-political view and how strong that relationship is in terms of rallying people behind ideals and ideas,” he says. “Most artists want to leave a mark with what they do, and we want to have a positive influence on people's lives. It’s something we keep in mind whenever we write and the theme of this band in general is that it has to be something that adds value to this world.”
They’ll get to take that combination of positivity, righteous anger and stunningly unique music to the world very soon. But do they agree with the Demonstealer that they’re poised to take over?
“We don’t know where it's going to go exactly, but I can tell you with one hundred per cent certainty that we gave everything to this album,” Raoul says with a measure of humility. “But it does feel like a perfect storm,” he adds with a grin. “We're coming back at a much higher level with a whole new set, there are festivals and it’s going to be as big as it's been so far for us.
“I think we're in a really good position to really explode this year…”
Bloodywood's debut album Rakshak is due out on February 18.