EP makes some noise for ‘youth revolution’

Published: August 16, 2010

Ahmed Ali Butt of EP speaks at the launch of the band’s latest video, ‘Shor Macha’, in Lahore on Saturday night.

LAHORE: 

Rock band EP launched a new patriotic song and music video on August 14 that it hopes will provoke a “youth revolution” in Pakistan.

“The message is for people to stop complaining and start acting,” said Fawad Khan, EP’s vocalist, at a crowded launch ceremony at Café Rock near Hussain Chowk in Gulberg on Saturday night. “Young people especially need to stand up and make their voice heard,” he added.

The video for ‘Shor Macha’ (Make Noise), directed by Bilal Lashari, shows EP performing at a concert, interspersed with archival footage of historic Pakistani leaders and events, as well as current day events like bombings and floods.

The band said their intention was not to depress, but to try to inspire young people to alter this country’s course.

“I got goose bumps when the song got to the section with the national anthem, and you could hear ‘Pak sar zameen…’,” said Adnan, an EP fan in the crowd.

Shooting for the video took place all over Pakistan, including Mazar-e-Quaid in Karachi, Bahawalpur Fort, Cholistan, Kallar Kahar, Minar-e-Pakistan and the Walled City in Lahore. The idea was to show the natural beauty in Pakistan. “This is the time to appreciate our beautiful country,” said Ahmed Ali Butt, EP’s vocalist.

Dozens of EP supporters packed out Café Rock to watch a screening of the video and then hear about the project from the band.

Ali Azmat, Ali Noor, Zeb & Haniya, and members of co-Ven, Jal, Caramel and Lemon Fuzz also attended the event in support of their fellow musicians.

The video was sponsored by Djuice and produced by Creative Village. Munib Nawaz designed the band’s clothes. EP consists of Fawad Khan (vocals), Ahmed Ali Butt (vocals), Salman Albert (guitar), Hassan Khan (bass) and Waqar Khan (drums).

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Aug 16, 2010 - 3:45PM

    i saw the video song was amazing but all i could see was telenor i mean whats going on patriotic song ? all i see was the sponsor allover the place i can understand the our society is indulged with the corporate system but when its about the country then they should learn cuse it shows that telenor is more interested in there own games even on the 14th august which is our independence day and yea one more word which has been used and abused DEMOCRATIC country.

    IT SHOWS AFTER 64 YEARS WE ARE STILL SLAVES OF THE CORPORATE SYSTEMRecommend

  • Sarah
    Aug 16, 2010 - 8:57PM

    I truly appreciate EP’s effort from the core of my heart. I really like the song esp the part in which national anthem comes, its very exhorting. Every time i listen this song i become passionate.
    I just pray to Allah that may our nation esp youth, be united, ’cause that is the main failing. And this the time when we need unity badly. And what I’ve realized is our nation is very enthusiastic they just need someone to lead them, to guide them, somebody they can trust! We are diverged we just have to be merged! Recommend

  • m.antiq
    Aug 16, 2010 - 10:22PM

    well dis is wat music is all about!!!
    v dont need only rockstars among ourselves v need true people who can catalyse the process of revolution in pakistan!!!!Recommend

  • Zara Malik
    Aug 17, 2010 - 1:22AM

    Great effort to energize the youth. The song is huge gets to your heart. The sound is different then what other bands are playing these days and yet very appealing. This might just be a first step toward a larger revolution. Recommend

  • Aug 18, 2010 - 3:22PM

    In fact the issue is that after very amazing patriotic songs,, like Dil dil, aisay hum jiyaen, qasam us waqt ki, in fizaon se aagey, mein bhi pakistan hoon, yehi zameen, Dosti by jawad ahmed, Jazba Junoon, zamane ke andaz, Aye watan pak watan, hum hein pakistani, watan ki mitti gawah rehna, roshan o raskhshan, Hamara parcham. jeevay jeevay, hum zinda quam hein, khayal rekhna, dil se, yeh watan tumhara hey, ae raah he haq ke, sohni dharti, agar hey jazba tameer zinda, aye watan ke sajilay… and so many others, the niche becomes very hard…..a good effort by EP/////Recommend

  • talha
    Aug 19, 2010 - 10:27AM

    Thought provoking remarks by kamran ata sb, its really true that we say that we are Pakistani but we support and promote multinational firms. If you do something for the nation or on the name of your country, u should do it without selling its name. The song has its worth if it’s for your country not as an advertisement for a foreign firm.

    Anyway keep it up EP, the lyrics are worth to appreciate. Simple fabulous Recommend

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