Laal take off on an ideological musical odyssey
With their debut record, Umeed e Sahar, Laal is all set to revolutionize Pakistan’s musical landscape.
The band talks to Instep about where they see this revolutionary road taking them.
By Saba Imtiaz
Think Laal, and the first memory that pops up is the video for ‘Mainay Uss Se Yeh Kaha’, which received heavy airplay on Geo News, featuring a montage of notable political moments from last year. The band, comprising of Taimur Rahman, Mahvash Waqar, Haider Rahman and Shahram Azhar, have just released their debut album, Umeed e Sahar. But this is no ordinary band, nor an ordinary album. Set to the hard hitting and deeply insightful poetry of Habib Jalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, as well as the band’s own poetry, Umeed e Sahar may just well be one of the most important records to have ever been released in Pakistan. It is revolutionary and relevant to its core, and speaks of an honest desire to truly inspire change. Moreover, it has revived verses that have been enclosed in dusty books for far too long, and are a befitting soundtrack to our current socio-political landscape.