Call, best known for its edgy rock-pop numbers, finally has a new vocalist — a year after the band’s ex-vocalist Junaid Khan made his exit. Rocker and film-maker Yasir Jaswal will now be the new face of the band after an official announcement was made, indicating that he has agreed to take up the role.
The band’s front man Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan aka Xulfi and Junaid have produced many hits and also made it across the border and with two Bollywood numbers, Laree Choote and Yeh Pal. Later on, Junaid chose to concentrate on acting and a solo music career.
Yasir, brother of Qayaas vocalist Umair Jaswal and singer Uzair Jaswal, is a popular name in Islamabad’s underground rock scene. Xulfi and Jaswal have had a long affiliation which dates back to the days of the band Entity Paradigm. In Junaid’s absence, the band had been performing with Roxen’s lead singer Mustafa Zahid.
Speaking to The Express Tribune about his decision to join the band, Yasir said, “We jammed together a couple of times, and I guess it clicked right away. Our musical chemistry made it a very easy decision and there were no second thoughts about it.” He added that the band has started to work on a couple of new tracks and is quite sure that Call fans would love the new compositions.
Happy about Yasir’s inclusion in the band, Xulfi said, “His band Irtaash was my favourite new band at the time. I admired their energy on stage and loved Yasir’s compositions and voice. We are already making music together, which has the bite and impact that rock music should have.”
We wish the band all the best and hope that Yasir’s inclusion in Call brings its lost fame back.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2013.