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Boy will B boys

Yet another boy band has decided to give itself a name that begins with a B



Bindaas Boys: back with a bang

IT BEGAN with Backstreet Boys, then came the desi Balle Balle Boys, and now, we have the Bindaas Boyz. (Something terrible called the Vengaboys happened in between!) Look at the Indian and International music scenes, and we find a "B" factor doing the rounds, with "Boys just wanna have fun" as the anthem. For now, over to the Bindaas Boyz.

Opening acts

Formerly known as Boy-C, India's first quartet band, George, Sanjeev, Saawan, and Vikram began by performing opening acts for Hindi and Punjabi artistes such as Sukhbir and Sukhwinder Singh, along with a few movie premiers and product launches. Says George, the lead singer of the band: "What is challenging about opening acts is the very fact that the audience has come to see the actual artiste perform and the opening act has a strong tendency to be rejected. So we had to make sure we were extremely modest and down-to-earth, but at the same time, make them listen to what we have. The first couple of shows were bad, but later we learnt the trick."

Boy-C has been rechristened Bindaas Boyz for its debut, self-titled album. Says George: "It's not just about the music, it's more of a collective attitude that goes into making an album, and since we essentially connecting to fellow Indians, it makes more sense being called bindaas than cool." What is striking about the guys in the band is the versatile talent of each. While George is a dancer-cum-choreographer, and also trained in classical music under Master Bal Kishen Jee, Sanjeev is a professional violinist and has been part of the Delhi symphony orchestra for five years. Hailing from Jammu, Saawan is an active theatre artiste and a dancer rolled into one. Having done many shows in the Middle East and Latin America, he is attempting to incorporate what he has learnt into his music. Vikram, on the other hand, comes from fashion designing background. Besides being an accessory designer at NIFT, he has also had short stints in theatre.

The music in the album is a mix of Punjabi Bhangra and Hindi pop numbers. The first single, "Karen Shaadi", which has a cheeky, energetic flavour, is an ideal one for a bachelor's party, while "Yaar Nachde" is danceable and has an infectious rhythm. "Nit Kher" has a familiar folksy groove to it, while "Koi Na" has a breezy flow. George says: "The last song `Hauley Hauley' is my personal favourite, since it sort of begins slowly but builds up tempo and energy level."

Voice twist

The boys are bindaas alright, but one thing that strikes you is the fact that the voice-twist effect is used in practically every single song (for beginners, the effect makes the vocals sound very robot-like). Though it sounds fine initially, one begins to wonder why every song has to sound so artificial.

Guys, we are just beginning to like you, don't make us doubt your real singing abilities!

A. VISHNU

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