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Eclectic mixture of music and style Music

Malayalam’s premier rock band ‘Avial’ is out with a self-titled album



Rocking The band members of Avial

Music lovers in Kerala have reason to be excited. Malayalam’s premier rock band ‘Avial’ is out with a self-titled album. The album is an eclectic mixture of musical influences, and styles ranging from folk music to classic rock.

“We want the music to connect with not just rock fans, but with the public as well, ” says Rex Vijayan, the lead guitarist of Avial. The eight-track album according to Tony John, who plays the electronica and has sung a couple of songs in the album, derives inspiration from a variety of sources.

On social issues

“Our songs speak about a wide range of social and political issues, ” he says. ‘Aadupambe’ a track in the album, talks about the exploitation of the tribals, whereas ‘Aaranda’ is a song lamenting the present condition of the world around us. Three songs, ‘Chekela,’ ‘Karukara’ and ‘Arikuruka’ are folk songs.

‘Avial’ the album also includes a new version of ‘Nada nada,’ the hit-single which shot Avial into the limelight. The band’s musical influences include the entire repertoire of rock music, starting from the classic rock of Led Zeppelin to the alternative rock of Incubus.

The band enjoys a cult status among rock-music lovers in the State and their songs are popular courtesy websites like Youtube and Myspace. According to the band members, the Indian rock scene is evolving fast, with bands gaining more exposure nowadays.

“There still are production issues for small names and Indie rock is yet to make it big in a global way. But we are hopeful that the scene will soon change for the better,” says Jithu Livingstone, the band’s production manager. The emergence of campus rock bands is a positive sign for India’s rock music lovers, but very few bands take it forward as professionals.

Anand (vocals) and Naresh Kamath (bass guitar) complete the line-up of the band. Other artists who have contributed to the album includes Aparnasree (female vocals) and lyricists like P.B. Gireesh, Engandiyoor Chandrashekhar and Sudhi Velamanur. Anand has since parted ways with the band, which continues with the other four musicians. Tony takes over the singer’s mantle in the quartet.

The album is produced by Phat-Phish Records, a record label based in Mumbai, while the production and mixing was done in the city at Karma Audio Station. The video release of the album was done by MTV.

The album will soon be available in all music stores across the country and the songs will soon be played in FM Stations across the country. The International release of the album is scheduled for March.

JAYARAM K

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