It’s been over two years since Pentagram released its fourth album, Bloodywood. Over this long period, the electro-rock outfit has released two song videos. As the band releases yet another one for their new track, ‘Nocture’, at a gig tonight, frontman Vishal Dadlani says that the band doesn’t like to limit itself within boundaries of time when it comes to releasing videos, because it enjoys “living in the experience of coming out with new and exciting stuff”. Nocturne’s video is a black-and-white slow-motion offering that shows the band performing inside what looks like a giant light bulb.
Why did you choose a Mumbai-centric theme? Tell us more about it.
For us, it can’t be any other way. We were looking for a totem of the night for the video, something symbolic that also captures the vibe of this city. And we found it in the symbolism of the butterfly/moth. It is an ultra slow-motion video, where a bunch of new ideas come together. While I wanted the totem, Randolf (Correia, guitarist) wanted the band in performance. Shiraz (Bhattacharya, drummer and video director) was keen on having the light bulb.
It’s been quite a while since the album released. Do you plan on releasing more videos?
I definitely want a video for ‘Mental zero’. The thing is that we don’t have a label. So there’s no pressure to come out with videos. There are no rules to follow. We wouldn’t mind releasing videos of songs from this album even after a new one is out in the future. We like to live in the experience of coming out with new and exciting stuff.
Does releasing videos help the band?
Promotionally, it doesn’t help the band. But it adds to the song and takes its theme forward. That’s what Pentagram has done with all the videos we’ve released till date — whether it is the crowdsourced one for ‘Voice’ (It’s Ok, It’s All Good, 2007) or the one for ‘Tomorrow’s decided’ (Bloodywood, 2011).
Ever since Pentagram started out 19 years ago, the band has released only four albums. Is it challenging to be prolific?
We haven’t been prolific because for us, there have been a lot of changes in the thought process between all our albums. When Clyde (D’souza, guitarist) left the band, all the production fell on Randolf. So yeah, it takes a lot of adjustments and that’s why we took a little time. But Bloodywood has been our most organic work so far. It happened when it had to happen. For me, it is also a very personal album. All of us have to be hyper sensitive to stuff around us to write an album that the entire band feels for.
Catch Pentagram tonight (April 5) at Blue Frog, Lower Parel, from 10.30 pm onwards. Entry for men is free before 9 pm and is for R600 after 9 pm. Women can enter for free.