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Sing in your mother tongue: Tony John

Tony John, the vocalist of Malayalam rock band Avial, talks about relevance of songs in one’s mother tongue, and more

music Updated: Aug 23, 2013 03:02 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times

After having made a mark in the regional rock and roll circuit, Malayalam rock band Avial suggests that the key to success in music, sometimes, is sticking to one’s mother tongue. “The regional bands are now growing in India. Songs should be in the mother tongue, it makes it more interesting. If it’s in English, it’s just wannabe style,” says Tony John, the vocalist of the band, who will be performing at Bluefrog’s Soundtrek.

Tony further reveals that most of their songs talk absout the social scenario in the state and the country. “Our songs talk about whatever is happening around. One of our songs Aranda (Who Is It), has original speeches from two politicians of different parties who do nothing but make false promises,” says Tony. On being asked which part of the country they prefer performing at Tony says, “we have performed more in other parts of the country than in Kerala (laughs). I think since people cannot understand our lyrics much, they like our music.”

Avial, who have come up with only one album in their last 10 years of existence also talk about their second album. “We haven’t decided when it will be released, but we have recorded a few tracks for the second album,” Tony says.

First Published: Aug 22, 2013 17:29 IST