Black is looking forward to releasing their 4th studio album this February at a music store near you. Self-titled with mature compositions, crisp, having good pace with hair-raising tempo and natural melody are some of the essentials that will garnish this album. Most importantly, almost eight of the songs were recorded live – all the players and vocalist having recorded in a single take instead of in sessions.
They have used top-notch studio equipment, with the assistance of one of the most creative sound engineers at Bengal Studio, Shubho, and tube amps by Marshall and Peavey Joe Satriani series to give extra warmth to their sound. According to them, Fender Stratocaster, jazz bass, Gibson Lespaul and PRS guitars gave them the production they wanted for this compilation.
This rock band from Dhaka is one of the pioneers who introduced alternative rock music to Bangladesh. The band has gained immense popularity over 11 years since their inception for their crunchy rock compositions.
Over the years, their guitar notes have become more emotional than ever. The compositions are built on simple yet energised guitar riffs, kicking with upbeat and imaginative drumming, overwhelming hollered vocals with harmonious bass lines. The songs dive into ‘stylish’, being extravagant in their guitar solos – the tracks are a rock music enthusiast’s dream-come-true.
On April 2005, upon returning home after a successfully concert in Chittagong, their bus crashed near a ditch on the road causing the demise of Imran Ahmed Choudhury Mobin, one of the most prominent sound engineers, who accompanied the band to organise their sound during the show. The members went into a hiatus and Miraz, the bassist had to leave the band indefinitely.
After a long break of almost five years, the band released their third studio album Abar on July 2008.
Talking to DhakaLive about this fourth studio gig, the vocalist and composer Jon said, “We started recording this studio album from June 2009. It was planned to be self-titled, a first for the band. In mid-2010 bass player and former Aashor member Titu joined us. He blended so well that we feel more energised and want to rock gracefully both on and off-stage.”
According to Jon, the album will have ten to twelve tracks from diverse angles. There is a mellow-rock recorded live, a tribute to the Cricket World Cup 2011 which has not been named yet. The other songs are very Arctic Monkeys-ish pumped up compositions like Uposhonghar, TV/Radio/Paper and a different genre song, Attokendrik.
“We wanted to do a song like TV/Radio/Paper for a long time. It is one of our album favourites with a punchy start, building up for a climax which sounds as if we are at war”, Jon added.
It must be said that the album captures all the contemporary sounds of modern-day rock bands and Black moved to a bigger platform to cater to a fresh crowd along with their old ones. The songs will remind fans of their massive hit single Obinoshhor from 2002, which screamed pleasant surprise back then. With this new album, we can hope to see some fireworks and a very rocking fourth album.
Black’s current line up is Mushfeque Jahan on guitars, Tony Vincent on drums, Jon Kabir as vocalist and guitarist, and Rafiqul Ahsan Titu on bass guitar.