A year after stand-up comedian Vir Das first took to crooning at a city night club with his band of funny folks, who call themselves Alien Chutney, the comedy rockers return to Blue Frog, this time to record their debut album. “It took a long time to get our act into a band. When we started, people always compared my stand-up with my songs. So we had to arrive at our comfort zone,” he says.
Tonight, along with drummer Sidd Coutto and guitarist Warren Mendonsa, Das hopes to amuse and confuse his audience, as he indulges in his signature histrionics and funny tunes, that address subjects ranging from how to sleep with your sabziwalli to ways to torture Justin Bieber. “We’ll be playing some new songs this time,” says Das. “Over this year, our songs have found inspiration in everything from man-boobs and Himesh Reshammiya to Delhi girls and Mumbai ones,” adds Das.
So will he be humming a tune for a girl at the venue instead today? “That girl would be a blend of the Delhi and Mumbai girl and that doesn’t sound so promising. Today, we will pick up a member from the audience, get to know him/her and then compose a song about them that’ll be featured on our new album,” explains the front-man, adding that the band, besides playing popular tracks, will also break into impromptu mode. Isn’t that a risky proposition, considering Alien Chutney’s debut album is one that will be recorded live? “Yes, there is no room for error with live recording. But we have full confidence in ourselves for making fun of someone on the spot,” he adds.
While bands like Sahil Makhija’s humour metal band, Workshop released their album, Khooni Murga
, back in 2008, Das still insists on calling Alien Chutney’s as yet untitled project India’s first humour rock album. “Khooni Murga
was a very niche album. It was heavy metal and garba beats mashed together. The idea behind our album is to make these songs peppered with humour that can be heard on TV and radio,” he says.
Ask whether he expects a series of canned laughter from his audience tonight and Das replies, “If they don’t cheer after every track, they can at least laugh in between. And if all else fails, I’ll make sure they get very, very pissed off. Either way they’ll be vocal and that just serves their purpose on my live record.