Music to free yourself from the shackles of the mundane

Music to free yourself from the shackles of the mundane

Arekta Rock Band Release Their First Debut Album ‘Ghum Paranor Gaan’ Today

November 25, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Last modified: November 25, 2022, 10:00 am

From left: Sakib Manzur Zihan, Riasat Azmi, Arjo Biswas, Ifaz Abrar Reza and Dipto Ehsan.Photo: Courtesy

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From left: Sakib Manzur Zihan, Riasat Azmi, Arjo Biswas, Ifaz Abrar Reza and Dipto Ehsan.Photo: Courtesy

From left: Sakib Manzur Zihan, Riasat Azmi, Arjo Biswas, Ifaz Abrar Reza and Dipto Ehsan.Photo: Courtesy

When was the last time you listened to an entire album? Nobody has time for that, it’s just the tide of the world now. Today, singles sell.

Young and talented musicians in the Dhaka music scene of late have been sporadically releasing masterfully composed singles. ‘Arekta Rock Band’, however, chose to go against the grain. The band is releasing a feature album ‘Ghum Paranor Gaan’ made up of eight original tracks.

As lead guitarist Ifaz Abrar Reza explained: “Honestly, it was about time. To give you some context, when we started Arekta Rock Band, it was never about building the best rock band in the world. We pretty much said to ourselves, ‘ we’re going to be just a studio band for now.’ We’ll make music, spend Thursday nights chilling, and see what happens.”

“We know people don’t listen to albums anymore. That’s why we had a singles-based approach all this time. But the songs on the album have something different to offer. We were working on our music and it felt like the time was right.” added.

If we go by their previous music, you’ll notice certain thematic similarities in the concept and lyrics of the tracks. His music urges listeners to break free from the shackles of their current mundane city life and transcend into something more.

The lyrics are mainly written by vocalist Riasat Azmi. He said: “The themes are also relatively similar on this album, even though each song tells a different story. I write the lyrics quite allegorically. I think they resonate with us as individuals and the stage of life. It’s basically about of inner drive. to rescue someone from darkness and rise to a better place through the power of music.”

“We feel like we are more of an adult now, both as individuals and as musicians, especially after the pandemic. Now we understand ourselves better,” she added.

Regarding the progression and arrangement of the tracks, Ifaz said, “The album starts on a high note. It eventually goes down only to come back up again. It’s not like there are a lot of transitions in the songs. Some are loud, some are smooth. We never thought of taking the listener on a journey from one song to the next.”

‘Ghum Paranor Gaan’ had equal participation from all five members. They’ve all worked on other projects in the past, but it’s only now that the band feels they’ve struck the right chord as a group.

When the ‘pre-production’ phase came around, Ifaz did the initial heavy lifting. He made notes of rough ideas and initial recordings. The band took their music to the practice pads and eventually to the studios to put the finishing touches.

The mixing, mastering and final production was in charge of Ekram Wasi, a member of the band Trainwreck and Conclusion.

‘Ghum Paranor Gaan’ is released today, November 25, on ‘Arekta Rock Show’, the band’s first solo show. The concert will feature them performing full set lists and collaborating with certain guest artists in between.

Some big names in the industry are expected to perform at the event, including Dio Haque, Jamshed Chowdhury, Raef Al Hasan Rafa and Conclusion.

Tickets are priced at just 300 Tk which is comparatively low compared to other shows in Dhaka. This is because all of the band members are big ‘Pay For Your Music’ advocates.

“We always advocate paying for the music you listen to. Arekta Rock Band has always had the support of the people when we needed it. They are the ones who have brought us to where we are today,” explained guitarist Sakib Manzur Zihan.

“Most of our audience is between 18 and 23 years old. For them, paying 300 Tk is a lot. There are transportation costs. There is food. At the end of the day, that 300 ends up being 1,000. We want everyone to show up. If someone can’t afford it, you can contact us and we’ll grant you free admission. We just want everyone’s presence,” he added.

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