City jam band Something Relevant, recently back after playing at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, will be unveiling its first music video for its song, ‘City in a situation’, from its debut album, Feels Good 2B Live, on Thursday.
Mumbai has been a big inspiration for the band, and five of 10 songs on the album, are on different aspects of the city. So it was but natural for them to make their first video on the city.
Stuart DaCosta, the band’s bassist, says, “We are all Bombay boys, five of our songs are about the city and our album art also features the city. It’s hard to explain the city in words, so wanted to let our video do the talking. The video reflects the city’s mood and madness.”
The video captures the Mumbai hustle bustle in landmarks like the Gateway of India, Crawford Market, Colaba, Parsi Colony and even in Bandra bylanes, through an almost-Bollywood-ish storyline.
Inspired by the real life incident where the band’s lead vocalist, Aazin Printer, was accused of stealing a bike, the video shows various crazy things happen to the band members as they try to reach a gig.
“Someone’s car gets stolen, someone gets kidnapped, someone gets lost and another falls in love, in those four minutes of the video,” explains the band’s percussionist, Aalok Padhye. “The mayhem comes from the song’s lyrics about the catch-22 situation in the city, which talks about how crowded it is, but how the life of the city comes from the crowd.”
The music video was conceptualised by directors Payal Kapadia and Naina Panmangeloor, who chose this song for the video because of its resonance with the city.
At the gig, to unveil its first video, the band will also be playing material from its next album. In the meanwhile, the band has already started work on its next video, likely to be for the song ‘Tomorrow’, and expected to be out early next month.