MUSIC Euphoria and String will jam together to spread love

T wo pluses make a plus. Simple arithmetic. Later this month, two very popular bands, Euphoria and Strings, will jam it out in a session to be aired on 92.7 BIG FM and BBC Karachi, in a programme called “Music Beyond Borders”. As Palash Sen of Euphoria tells us, the idea started germinating a year ago.

“Exactly a year ago I had written a song called ‘Aman ki asha', and both the bands had performed together in Kolkata. And we suddenly realised the song sounded very nice, and even they (Strings) were very impressed and were like, ‘Why don't we do this song together?'”

Also, “Aman ki asha” will feature in Euphoria's new album (untitled, for now), whose recording is almost over.

“Both the bands are good friends with each other, so I think it's going to be a lot of fun, a lot of food, a lot of laughter,” Sen says. Strings and Euphoria are similar, and yet not so. Both bands have to their credit a bunch of really memorable songs that haven't got lost in the multitude of film and popular music. Strings, comprising Bilal Maqsood and Faisal Kapadia, burst on the Indian music scene in 2000 with their album “Duur”, which featured hits like “Duur”, “Anjaane” and “Sar kiye yeh pahar”. Theirs was a gentle trans-national appeal that was neither the earthy Sufi sound of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan nor the Rock-heavy magnetism of “Junoon”, but something more accessible — in a good way.