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There’s no pausing them

Over the past few years, alternative-rockers Menwhopause, have toured America twice, teamed up with REM producer David Barbe and Grammy-award winning sound engineer Richard Dodd.

music Updated: Jun 13, 2012 14:22 IST
Nirmika Singh

Over the past few years, alternative-rockers Menwhopause, have toured America twice, teamed up with REM producer David Barbe and Grammy-award winning sound engineer Richard Dodd. Now, the Delhi-based outfit plans to add another feather to its cap by embarking on a Europe tour this week.

“We always wanted to do a European tour. And when the opportunity came to perform in Estonia, it seemed perfect. We added Norway and France after that. In fact, we wanted to pitch more countries. But let us see how this one goes,” says the band’s guitarist IP Singh.

Their two week-long tour, sponsored by the Indian Centre for Cultural Relations, begins on June 14.

In Estonia, the five-member outfit will be performing at the Rabarock Festival, before travelling to the other nations. The three day-long, multi-genre festival held annually during mid-June at Jarvakandi, will see headlining acts by bands such as UK electronic duo The Big Pink, Australian rapper Dub FX and American punk act Dwarves, among others.

“We are travelling to newer countries and venues, and it is a privilege to be performing there,” adds Singh.

The band is also looking forward to working on their new album.

Ask Singh if they plan to try something new this time around and he says, “You never know, we could be recording this one in the backwaters of Kerala!” Singh also adds that they are looking to diversify their sound with this new project.

“We’ve been together for over a decade and we want to add more instruments to our compositions. It’s a production- oriented process, so we aren’t putting a deadline to it,” he says.

Meanwhile, the band plans to release a single that they produced for The Flying Souls, a band comprising Tihar inmates, which they helped put together through a series of music workshops.

“The song will be out soon and we will be sharing it online,” adds Singh.