New Music From Bands: The Edge, Tumbleweed, Pariwartan, Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh, And More

Gen Z artists are talented, no doubt; and they are making good music but one thing they are not doing is making a band. It’s almost like forming a band is a thing from the past.

If I have to choose, I would always prefer listening to a band performing live than a solo artist who will perform with the recorded performance track, no matter how popular they or their songs are. Nothing beats a live band performance, at least for me. So if there is a band performing live in your city, go see them. That’s the best thing you can do to support them. We gotta keep the band culture alive.

And that is why this post is dedicated only to the songs that were created together by bands, and were released in recent times.

The Edge Band – Yo Saath

One of the most popular bands in Nepal, The Edge band released a new song titled ‘Yo Saath’ last week. The song, mixed and mastered by Arun Tandukar, was released with a music video directed by Nicholas Gurung.

The band’s current lineup consists of Jeewan Gurung on vocals, Bishnu Gurung on guitars, Ameet Gurung on bass, Umesh Thapa on piano and Ganesh Rai on drums.

Tumbleweed Inc. – Bichitra

Tumbleweed Inc., who are one of the very few metal rap bands in Nepal, released their new song last month. Titled’ Bichitra’, the song is mixed and mastered by Bishal Nepali; and the music video is filmed and directed by DYL Films.

Rockheads Nepal – Hajar Janma

Hajar Janma‘ is the latest song released by Rockheads Nepal. Mixed and mastered by Diwas Gurung, the music video for the song is directed by Ankit Singh.

Rockheads Nepal are Sanjay Aryal on vocals and bass, Samyak Pakrin Lama on drums and percussion, Ridesh Pakhrin Tamang on guitars, and Dawa Sherpa on keyboard and synth.

Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh – Baimaani

Another popular band in the scene, Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh released ‘Baimaani‘ last month. The song, mixed and mastered by Steven Tamang, has a music video directed by Robin Sharma.

The band has Sabin Rai on vocals, Binod Lama on drums, Jeevan Lama on bass, and John Shrestha and Nikesh KC on guitars.

The Midnight Riders – Yo Samjhine Mann

‘Yo Samjhine Mann’ was released last week by the three-piece band, The Midnight Riders, that consist of Jimi Blues on guitars and vocals, Sunny Mahat on bass and Jay Ram Karki on drums. The music video is directed by Sudit Shrestha.

The Elements – Upahar

One of my favorite bands, The Elements released ‘Upahar’ a little over a month ago. The song is part of their studio album ‘Urja’. The animated video is a work of Dujaw Chitrakar.

Phosphenes – Simit Yaad

Another talented but criminally underrated band, Phosphenes, released ‘Simit Yaad’ in April. The song is written by Abhi Pokhrel, with Diwas Gurung mixing and mastering the track.

Swar – Aunla Haru

It’s quite surprising to see how this relatively new three-piece project has grown tremendously in such a short period of time. Consisting of Swapnil Sharma (The Shadows Nepal), Rohit Shakya (Jindabad and Topi) and Gautam Tandukar (Monkey Temple Nepal); Swar had released their first song ‘Aparibhasit’ just last year. Their latest is called ‘Aunla Haru’ and it’s so good.

Pariwartan Band – Najau

Damn, this band is so good, and so is their new song ‘Najau’. Pariwartan Band has been around for over a decade but were mostly known in the bar scene as a band doing covers. But they are now all set to release their debut album titled ‘Timi Ra Ma’ this week, on Saturday, June 10 at Supper Club in Thamel, Kathmandu.

The band’s current lineup consists of Gopi Shrestha on vocals, Pravesh Thapa Magar on guitars, Deepak Gurung on bass, Yugal Shahi on drums and Sugeem Shahi on keys and synth.

Dear bands, please never ever leave us!!


Neeraj Pun (NEO)

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