Vaaqif album cover art
The second album for any band is the make or break album. People have expectations because our first album Aalas Ka Pedh has a certain sound that people associate with The Local Train. But as a band we're still evolving and have a long way to go before we're able to establish our own unique sound. This learning process is what led to Vaaqif.
So while you can expect song writing that's inherent to TLT, you'll also get to hear us experimenting with a lot of new sounds and ideas. We're pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone and our aim is to keep growing as musicians.
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Vaaqif literally means aware. This time around we were a little more aware of how to go about things, our strengths and our shortcomings. We pushed ourselves to finish the album in six months and that's exactly what we did. Locked ourselves in and only focused on making sure we do justice to the album. It wasn't easy but we're happy with the outcome and it sure feels good to be releasing our second album on tour!
What was the most challenging thing about recording your new album?
But our biggest challenge was definitely not losing sight of our objectivity. When you're making the album you get stuck in the microscopy of parts and sometimes get completely disillusioned with how the song is working in entirety. You go to bed thinking what you've recorded were in fact, good parts but the next day you start by scrapping everything. We've scrapped layers, whole sections and even entire recorded songs in the process.
Vaaqif helped us cross that bridge of uncertainty by being a crash course on how to create songs from scratch in such a short span of time.
What kind of music and sound can listeners expect from your second album?
With eight songs in the album, we've pushed ourselves to widen our soundscape as well. But at the heart of it all we're a guitar-driven rock band, so people can expect punchy riffs, heavy drums, and powerful vocals.
You're currently on a 9-city album tour. Tell us how it's been so far.
It couldn't get any better! We've covered all nine cities and added another six to our roster. To be honest, it was far more hectic than any of us imagined it would be. If it wasn't for Spectal [our management firm] we'd probably sleep through and miss flights! We also want to thank all our fans of course, that showed up and made our tour so memorable. As of now, we've sold out the Pune, Bangalore and New Delhi legs of the tour. Bangalore gave us such a great response that we were forced to add another date to the tour.
Now with six new dates and counting we're hoping to make this as huge as it can get!
Text Shristi Singh