Alobo Naga & the Band's Painted Dreams video surfaced on YouTube a couple of years ago. The video, which brought to mind U2's Where The Streets Have No Name, instantly clicked with music lovers because of its freshness and motivating lyrics.
"Sometimes you feel like you've taken a million steps/ But you see yourself in the same place where your began/But never let anything stop or blur your visions and wash away your dreams," sang Alobo Naga, the supremely talented frontman of the band.
The song gave them the lift that they deserved in the Indian music scene and even got picked for the Best Indian Act/Worldwide Act For MTV Europe Music Awards in 2012.
Since then, there has been no looking back for this contemporary progressive rock outfit from Nagaland's Dimapur, which also dabbles in folk acts at times.
Though not new to the Delhi audience, the band will be performing for the first time at the eighth edition of the South Asian Bands Festival at New Delhi's Purana Quila on November 7.
Fourteen rock bands from across South Asia will also perform at the festival, presented by the ministry of external affairs, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Seher.
Here's how the band responded to HT's questions through email:
All set to rock Delhi guys? What are we expecting here?
Yes we are very excited and all set to rock. Delhi is like our second home so the adrenalin rush is always extra every time we perform here. Expect new songs from our upcoming album and our old hit songs.
What have you guys been up to lately?
Touring, writing, recording, interviews and music classes.
Your music has been noticed fairly largely and quickly. What do you think the one thing you guys did which the others from the northeast did not?
We cannot say much or compare ourselves with other musicians but yes we are indeed very blessed because in a very short time we got to tour so many places- national and international- winning awards, met so many lovely people around the world who support and appreciate our music, our music being played on music channels, radio stations etc. all over the world.
How has winning the Best Indian Act MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 helped?
Yes indeed more people got to know us and we got more platform and opportunities to showcase our music. It also made us grow as artists in every way. But still we feel the appreciation for our achievement is very slow and lacklustre.
What is Alobo Naga & the Band doing to make their music different- technically or otherwise?
When we compose the melody we think of the people rather than ourselves much most of the time, because at the end of the day we are making songs for them. So our melodies are always very catchy and sing-along kind of songs. But technically we do not compromise much, it is very progressive and lots of tiny maths around the bush. Most of our songs have positive messages based on FAITH, HOPE & LOVE.
What do you have to say about the western music scene in India?
So many indie and underground musicians are blooming. Western music is no doubt still struggling in our Bollywood-dominated music world, but it is getting better and just hope that in due time we will also have our due share in this music industry.
Alobo Naga- Vocals, Guitar, Keys
Theja Khate- Drums/percussion/vocals
Fung Walling- Bass/vocals
DJ Sumika Yepthomi- Turntable/guitar/vocals