Kathmandu: The Nepali rock music scene, put to sleep by the pandemic, has sprung back to life with a bona fide rock track, Jindabaad Pt.2, the eponymous band’s latest offering. The song, and the accompanying video, hit the airwaves last week via Youtube, and it is the kind of song that the Nepali rock scene was badly looking for.
The new track comes over a year after the Kathmandu-based rock outfit’s last song, Hatkela. Hatkela itself came after a hiatus of six years. Likewise, last month the band also released its EP entitled Ulto Chalachitra, of which Jindabaad Pt.2 is a part, via Noodle—a noble Nepali digital music marketplace. The EP includes songs like Jindabaad Part 1, Hatkela, and Again.
Jindabaad launched themselves into the Nepali rock scene in 2009 and released their debut EP, Plastic Heart, in 2011, unleashing such classics as Shades of you, Rewind, and Spoilin.
Jindabaad Pt.2’s intro starts with an affecting guitar riff along with some melodies on the keyboard that can instantly incite one to a headbang spree.
Jindabaad Pt.2’s intro starts with an affecting guitar riff along with some melodies on the keyboard that can instantly incite one to a headbang spree. Jindabaad’s songs are usually more focused on guitar riffs rather than solos but this song is an exception. The guitar solo by the lead guitarist of the band Sunny Tuladhar for this song is something else that every rock music listener would expect from the rock band.
The music video, produced by Rohit Shakya who is also the vocalist of the band, features the band members in a sketched form with a black and red theme, as if suggesting a call to arms.
Its lyrics, written by Bibhusan Basnet and Rajan Shrestha, further drives home the revolutionary theme: “Ma sunya lai geet ganchu/ ma nawa surwat hu/ ma baghi bidrohi hu/ ma aadhi apawad hu…” [I count zero a song/ I am a new start/ I am a rebel/ An exception].
According to Shrestha, the band’s bassist, the song tells the story of a rebellious person and how he revolts. “The song gives voice to the explosion of this person who is rebellious by nature,” Shrestha said.
The chorus of the song—jindabaad, jindabaad, jindabaad, ma garchu—bursts forth with contagious energy. One can’t help but imagine how great it would sound if all the audience in a concert screamed it together.
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