Since their 2006 debut album, Delhi quintet Menwhopause have been sticking by their name and taking it slow. Out with their sophomore attempt, Easy, in January this year, the laidback rockers are now on a five-city tour.
Ask them what took so long and guitarist Anup Kutty, who formed the band in 2001, replies, “Gigging was always on. We’ve been working on the album since 2006. In fact, we began recording it at a campsite— a makeshift studio in Hartola, Uttarakhand.”
The following years provided finishing touches to their raw sound in form of recording, re-recording, editing, checks and designing. “We then decided to take to the mountains and take a break and write some music,” says Kutty. An unusual move for a band that calls themselves “post-office rocker” (owing to their busy work schedules). “I guess the equation has changed. We are no longer the 9 to 5 corporates, who pick up a guitar and change into T-shirts and jeans at night. Music is now our full-time vocation, while everything else happens on the side,” says Kutty, who was the former editor of Maxim.
Composing jingles for commercials and even dedicating a song on their latest album to Zeenat Aman, Simi Garewal and Parveen Babi, are the alternative rockers now on the road to mainstream? “Jingles are not what they used to be. It’s not about bending your style to a brand’s requirements. It’s about composing something that fits, so commercials are a viable option,” says Kutty, who composed the score for a Chevrolet Beat commercial. “And about the track, we were all disturbed reading news items about these powerful sex symbols of the ’70s going under the knife. Then there was one about Simi Garewal and her facelift, so we wrote this song for them. I even sent it to Zeenat Aman, but she never got back,” laughs Kutty.
Back from performing at the Escape Festival this week, the band hopes to replicate the festive bonhomie in the city. “The good thing about playing at an album promo five months after its release is that your audience knows what track they want.” Ask him why one should watch the Delhi boys and he replies, “Some lucky few can dunk and take home our latest album. Also, we’ll have a lot of cool ecologically viable merchandise like ashtrays and guitar straps up for sales for all those who follow a decadent lifestyle like ours.”
Menwhopause will perform at Blue Frog, Lower Parel on May 26, 10 pm. Rs 300.