Although this is a band that only formed about a year ago, Tape is making a lot of noise. Although he has done less than 10 shows, the band’s music has been praised by his musical peers for its tightness and chemistry. Their music is strangely pleasant to listen to. It’s irregular, asymmetrical, even quirky but as you listen to it you will find layers in their complex rhythms.
The trio test
Niman Chitrakar on drums is impeccable because he sets the tone for the group. Sagan Tamrakar’s recording and melodies give the band a voice while Swopnil Karanjit’s bass gives the band its soul. After performing together for a year, the trio are now set to release their debut EP titled Stars Are My Friends on September 25 at Beers N ‘Cheers, hoping they can continue to reach people with their instrumental pieces.
“We’re doing something we love. It’s fun and enjoyable and we hope to continue doing this for years to come, ”says Karanjit.
The group started in September 2020 when Karanjit and Tamrakar finally found the drummer they were looking for. The cousins jostled each other and tried to form a group that leaned towards progressive rock and math stone when they met Chitrakar.
“The way he played the drums made us feel insecure. At that point, we thought it would be difficult to convince him to join us, ”explains Tamrakar.
To convince him to join us, Tamrakar and Karanjit sent him a track they were working on called Motion. Chitrakar liked it and a few days later they were jamming together. Since then, they have met regularly playing together, giving feedback and learning from each other while working on their EP.
Tamrakar and Karanjit say that Chitrakar’s theoretical knowledge helped them a lot as it made the song-making process easier. They say he helped them structure the song in a better way that they said was exactly what they needed.
“We were doing songs, but his ability to play the drums and his skill gave us extra motivation to work hard. It was like we had to work hard to reach his level, ”says Karanjit.
Tell stories without words
And, they worked hard. In less than a year, they completed five songs for their EP, which they recently recorded. They say the process went well because they didn’t have vocals in any of the songs. But although they don’t have a voice, their songs tell a story.
The movement was created by Tamrakar, thinking of a man in a coma who lived in a phantom reality. The band, thinking of how a rhino would move, designed G-Slide and their title song Stars are my Friend was created by Tamrakar who wanted to pay tribute to all of those who helped him pursue a career in music.
“We try to tell a story through melody. I normally think about things, walk into a zone and play. Sometimes I create great things, other times I don’t, ”explains Tamrakar.
They started to play shows too. The first was at Karanjit’s, after which they performed in other places. But, their breakup came when they performed at Beers N ‘Cheers, which was an original music hub in Kathmandu. There they began to receive feedback from musicians and opportunities to play. The hype started to build up around them.
“Things were going well for us when suddenly Covid-19 hit Nepal again and we were confined. It was as if we had hit a speed breaker, ”explains Karanjit.
But, that did not deter them. They worked on their album and started recording as soon as the lockdown was lifted. The recording was made at Alchemy Inc where Sujan Joshi aka Hoko helped them with the sound. The trio say they were lucky to have bumped into Joshi who treated their song like his own and gave them tips on how to improve it.
“He went above and beyond our expectations and helped us with sound samples and equipment. His contributions have been invaluable to us, ”says Tamrakar, saluting Joshi’s dedication.
The group is now focused on releasing their upcoming album. They hope people like their songs and want to put on a show for everyone who shows up on September 25th.
“People stood behind us, watching us play for a minute on social media. We are grateful to them and want to repay them by offering them an unforgettable spectacle, ”says the group.