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Albatross (Nepali band)

Albatross
Origin Kathmandu, Nepal.
Genres
Years active 1998 - present
Website albatross.com.np
Members
  • Shirish Dali
  • Suncha Vox
  • Avaya Siddhi Bajracharya
  • Kismat D Shrestha

Albatross (Nepali: अल्बाट्रोस) is an Nepali rock band from Kathmandu, Nepal. The band was formed in 1998 as a three-piece school band. The band's fast tempos, signature chord progression and contemporary compositions has made them one of the pioneers of rock music in Nepal.[1][2][3]

History

In 1998 three young musicians, still in school, got together and picked up old rusty instruments and started playing. The trio experimented with Nepali rock sounds and western alternative music which led to the development of a sound of their own.

Currently Albatross is a four-part band and the quartet have made their presence in Nepal and internationally and continue to influence aspiring Nepali rock musicians.[4][5]

Style and lyrical themes

The band's lyrics and musical style relates to the problems in Nepal and it's general population. The lyrics are based on everyday lives of the people, hardships and social issues, sometimes harboring on political issues.

'We play Nepali Rock that addresses contemporary issues of Nepal. We love playing music that people can relate to, be it through music or the lyrics. We are a tight bunch of guys that love playing live, are true to our music and most importantly love what we do. Its not all that!'- Albatross.[6]

Legacy and influence

'Albatross also has the unique distinction of being the only band from Nepal to play at the South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. Their successful tours in the US and other countries are a testament to their reception by the worldwide rock community'.[7][8]

'Albatross in not only a legendary rock band from Nepal but has achieved worldwide success and notoriety'.[8]

The band is largely influenced by Corrosion of Conformity, Alice in Chains, Radiohead, Pantera, Incubus, Megadeth, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, RATM, Porcupine Tree.[5]

Live concerts

Albatross has toured extensively in Nepal and have performed in packed venues around the world.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

Awards and nominations

Hits FM Music Awards 2014[15]

  • Best Performance By A Group or Duo With Vocal
  • Best Rock Vocal Performance

Discography

Studio albums

  • Jo Jas Sanga Sambhandhit Cha (2005)
  • Atti Bhayo (2011)
  • Ma Ra Malai (2014)

Further reading

Interview with Albatross

See also

Nepalese rock

List of Nepali musical bands

Music of Nepal

References

  1. ^ "More than music | Albatross, Nepali hometown rock heroes owned every minute at Bedlam". Saint Paul, Minnesota. 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Albatross' Ma Ra Malai launch gig at Silence". Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  3. ^ "About Albatross". Sonicbids. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Albatross". Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  5. ^ a b "Albatross - Teenz". teenz.com.np. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Ma Ra Malai, by Albatross". Albatross. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  7. ^ "SXSW 2016 Event Schedule". SXSW Schedule 2016. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  8. ^ a b "NEPALI DRUMMER KISMAT SHRESTHA LIVES THE REAL LIFE "ROCKSTAR" - Ground Report". www.groundreport.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  9. ^ HAB. "4 Great Nepali Bands to Perform in Wembley Arena | HAB". habamoment.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  10. ^ Wembley, The SSE Arena,. "JOON Festival | The SSE Arena, Wembley". www.ssearena.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  11. ^ "UT College of Liberal Arts:". liberalarts.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  12. ^ "Rockstars from Nepal to perform in Auckland". Indian Weekender. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Ruslan WAVE Rock Tour 2074 – Albatross Nepal || Butwal | Wave Magazine". wavemag.com.np. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  14. ^ "Albatross Set To Rock US, Tour Kicks Off In August". TexasNepal. 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 
  15. ^ "Biggest Celebration of Nepali Music – 18th Hits FM Music Awards". TexasNepal. 2014-09-09. Retrieved 2018-03-27. 

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