A fledgling band takes a light-hearted look at love and in the process becomes a You Tube sensation. Vipasha Sinha reports
An all-boys city band – Rustbucket – has shot to fame with its debut song Anna Nagar Figures (ANF). Released on You Tube less than three months ago, ANF has made it to social networking sites and garnered a whopping 59, 062 hits. The song focuses on the challenges of wooing a girl from Anna Nagar.
Jude Niranjan, songwriter-vocalist-composer of Rustbucket, says, “A respect for womanhood runs through the song. There is nothing in it that can be construed as offensive to women. In fact, many of our female friends have been promoting ANF. Having found it funny, they have posted the link of the video on their Facebook walls. We even had RJs and VJs talking about it.”
It all started when this 20-year-old heard a bunch of boys singing a ‘Tamil paatu’ about girls from a particular college. “The song was catchy and I thought, ‘Why not make a song on a similar theme!’ I discussed the idea with my college friend Selvakumar and the next thing we knew, we were working on the song. Edwin Thomas, Jude Chris Menan and I started penning down the lyrics almost immediately,” says Jude Niranjan, a second year college student.
Asked if the song was partly inspired by his personal experience, Jude chuckles. “Not just my experience, it is the story of every boy. We wanted to put down our perspective in a funny way. Since we spend a lot of time in Anna Nagar, we didn’t have to look far for inspiration,” he says.
He adds, “Not just the lyrics and composition, even the video is interestingly done.”
Selvakumar, a second year visual communication student of DG Vaishnav College has visualised and directed it. “I have made a few short films in the past and the experience helped. The initial plan was to shoot an exclusive music video. As the project was on a shoe string budget, we settled for a lyric video. We did not expect the kind of response we received,” says Selvakumar.
Rustbucket has some exciting projects ahead. Says Selvakumar, “We are releasing our CSK anthem this Sunday. Another release is coming up next month, which we have titled Kannadi tumbler, because it deals with the subject of alcohol.”