Friday, June 16, 2006

Pakistani Bands ROCK!

Today morning one of my college buddies forwarded this link to the group, where you get to listen to a lot of songs from Bollywood movies. I am not a great fan of Bollywood movies nor the kind of the music they make these days, so I began Xploring the site for different songs; Thats when I hit this resource which was a gateway for songs from the other side of LOC.

Speaking of LOC, I remembered Neets having written a post on the same subject titled 'Rock the LOC'. So, decided to try some music from the folks who live across the LOC. Prior to this, I had only heard the popular Pakistani Bands/Singers like Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Junoon, Strings, Jal, Shehzad Roy being the latest who is featured regularly on the music channels in India. I loved the songs of Junoon & Strings [prior to their entry into Bollywood, I feel they sound more POP these days]. Coming back to the present, I started listening to songs listed under the section 'Pakistani Underground' & I was really surprised by the quality of music some of these bands have. Their music compositions & the lyrics really ROCK!. India too has many Rock bands who perform @ various college Rock festivals, but these Rock bands never go mainstream. The main reason being the fact that majority of the audience in India listens to POP & Bollywood songs, the sponsors hesitate in supporting these Rock artistes.

Click here to listen to the songs which I enjoyed.

Image Courtesy: UMRev

7 comments:

Rags said...

How un-patriotic!!!
just jokin' (almost) neat songs...

Rags said...

hey but tell u what. there are lots of indian rock band who dont make it main become as famous coz they refuse to do hindi (i know you have heard this from local bands in many concerts) and choose to remain underground. well atleast a coupla layers belows below "pakistani underground" and im not implying that thats a heroic thing to do...

Vivek Kondur said...

>>How un-patriotic!!!
just jokin' (almost) neat songs...

I knew this wld be coming from someone...music has no nationality...no boundaries ;)

>>there are lots of indian rock band who dont make it main become as famous coz they refuse to do hindi.....

I do know there plenty of Bands who perfom in India Rock scene....it doesn't really matter whether they sing Hindi or English songs...but all I am saying is that they aren't enough sponsors for these bands to go mainstream.

It wld be gr8 if any1 let me know where I can find songs of Indian Rock artistes.

Neets said...

glad you feel the same dude. nice music man. 1)one thing is that there isnt a lot of producers who are willin to take the risk. efforts had been taken by a few brave ones, eg indus creed, i think pentagram too had an album with a few videos that went on air. but both werent all that well recieved 2)if you look at the rock spectrum, there is a certain range thats appealing to a 'general' section of rock or non rock lovers. eg: incubus, red hot chilly pepper, u2... these guys are neither white noise nor sleepy,slow rock sung in a baritone voice. the pakistan rock music is able to touch that spectrum. 3)personally as a music lover- i think language doesnt matter to me. good music is good music. bands should be willing to experiment. i firmly believe that if an artist says that he loves his craft and isnt flexible to fashion his art to a pt of making a sale- he isnt doing justice to both the art and himself. we have over the years loved music in different languages... eg lambada, passion (1 giant leap),etc.- not that we understood a word!!
As usual , i could have written a separate post on this... but you know me ?!!! will i ever improve?! over look the length, yet again :D

Neets said...

and that reminds me of how we enjoyed oikyothaan in the fireflies music fest ... do we understand one word of bangali?!!! but i still love them.

Vivek Kondur said...

Good to know u liked the mu$ic. Did I ever complained abt u leaving lengthy comments on my posts??:D

Yep, we did Njoi Oikyothaan very much without understanding a word. I am waiting for the next edition of Fireflies.

Neets said...

check www.oldjunglesaying.com . will let you know of more.