Delhi-based band Euphoria is back with a new album titled, Item. The Dhoom Pichuk Dhoom hitmakers are known for bringing the cultural aspect of the country to the fore by blending regional flavours in their music. Item, comes packed with "navarasas", says lead vocalist Palash Sen.
"For all these years, we’ve not really had anything new to say and now that we have, we came out with this one at the right time," says Sen, who has recently returned with his band from the US after a five-city tour.
Despite having four albums and 14 music videos to their credit, including hits such as Maaeri and Gully to name a few, cutting a new disc was not an easy task for the band. "The music scenario in our country has become so film driven that coming out with an album has become very difficult. Some TV channels are not even playing non-film music at all," rues Sen, adding that the latest album is a tribute to the country and Indian womanhood.
"Item is one word that is abused in our country most of the time. But the real meaning of the word is completely different and we look at that with different songs on Prime Minister Manmohan Singhji, religion, terrorism, corruption, friendship, break-ups and finally the title song that celebrates the everyday Indian woman, who is looked upon in such a lowly and cheap way because of her depiction in Bollywood," says Sen, who has also used Bhojpuri, Rajasthani and English words in the numbers.
Ask about the song on the PM, and he says, "It’s an honour to have him as our Prime Minister, but the man doesn’t talk. So the song is called Gumsum, as he stays mum all the time. But we don’t want to make any political comments."
On Item: It is about nine navarasas and has nine tracks; they target areas that are big enough to play a part in the country
On biography: My biography Euphoria: The Story of Palash Sen is going to be India’s first rock book.
On song on PM: It’s an honour to have him as our PM, but the man doesn’t talk. So the song is called Gumsum, as he stays mum all the time.