story behind three Bands that have entertained concert goers with
totally varied styles of music
Faizul A Tanim & Mishel Ali Khan
Three bands all
leaving/left the underground scene and the same three bands famous
for all their different reasons. However, all these performers shall
be remembered for their varied contributions to our local music scene.
This is the story of Sellout, Silence the Sound and The Untitled Band.
Sellout gave the underground scene something that has really changed
the outlook of concerts around the city. Moshpits, extreme head banging
and jumping off the stage are a few of Sellout's specialities. This
band used to mingle with the crowd and naturally get them off their
behinds, all indulged into a frenzy. Energy on the stage was something
Sellout didn't lack, whether it was synchronised jumping or passionate
performances with the music.
off at the open-air gig in DOHS and according to their lead singer
Mark, the show could be a lot better. However, with Resalat (bass)
and Saion (drums) joining in from Migraine, the band gelled well later,
combining experienced artists with relatively inexperienced ones.
Ziyan was the guitarist and Elvis would finalise the line-up as another
According to Ziyan
and Mark, one other thing that helped the band gel was that the band-members
were good friends. This helped them complement each other on the stage,
and to top it all off their taste in music paved their way to winning
the hearts of concert crowds. The Sellout appearance at the LFC gig
ticked off the entertaining era this band would be a part of. The
crowds responded well to their music and soon moshpits and great crowd
support were a part of Sellout performances. "Being a part of
the audience before taught us a lot about what concert goers really
wanted," says Mark.
"We do songs
that we like, mainly because they are easier to play," jokes
a smiling Ziyan. However, doing songs that they liked, rather than
to the liking of the crowd really brought out the best in the band.
Sellout's trademark song has been Tribute by Tenacious D, a song that
has been carried through from the beginning of the band. During these
shows they have frequently covered songs from Hpe, Rage Against the
Machine and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
hip-core music seems much more concert friendly rather than suitable
for record albums. Energy on the stage combined with crowd response
has been the key to their music, something that is tough to translate
into record albums. Sellout can be called sheer entertainers, with
quality music combined with overwhelming ambience; ambience in the
form of makeup and costumes at shows. From face paint to dhutis, this
band has sported overwhelming looks to complement their music.
Asked about their
worst moment on stage, Mark and Ziyan both smilingly referred to the
2nd ISD show where Mark sang a completely off-scale song and embarrassly
messed up the vocals. In another incident, with all the jumping around
at RCC, the microphone cord got disconnected and they were singing
a song without vocals.
Sellout went through
an emotional ending at their last show, and it was clear that they
were giving it their best shot. Crowd response was great and the costumes
were extra special for the occasion. Asked about their contributions
to the underground music scene, the band members said with chagrin
faces "We are proud to contribute to the new genre of moshpits
at the local music scene."
shall definitely be missed, but there are still hopes for them re-uniting
if all the band members are in the city at the same given time. So
maybe we haven't seen the last of this entertaining band, and consequently
we still can't call them 'Soldout'.
(Silence the Sound)
Courage is one word that relayed in this band's musical career from
the beginning. They had a range of influences and while trying to
perform on stage, the following could be seen:- mainly melo rock-ish
Creed, hip-core Rage Against The Machine and even progressive rock
band Tool but it's the grunge-ish Nirvana they did best. Covering
Nirvana, brought out the true flares of this group.
they have added lot of colours and as well, emotions to our underground
scene, sometimes by the vibrant hair colours or exquisite wardrobe
of Scottish kilts--they did it all. Formed in March 07' 2003, Foisol
on vocals, Hong Gyu on guitars and Faiyaz on the bass (who later switched
on to play the drums), they had quite a shuffle with the stick-man,
Asking about the
range of musical influences in their concert set-list, Faiyaz says,
"We always thought people wanted to hear the popular numbers
in the gig which actually got us to decide on performing the hit numbers
from almost all good rock bands. That was the beginning, but we later
settled down to staging songs we loved and our own favourites".
What made Sts
different from other bands? A smiling Faiyaz says "White people
joining local concerts and foreigner musicians".
definitely added flavours. Especially introducing the American school
crowd to the local scene was a big step in making our music popular
to variable taste buds. It has been done before and the StS Involvement
was just another positive thing that happened.
The Untitled Band has provided the underground scene with mellow and
sensitive songs; something that is tough to pull off in the city's
shows. The name of the band comes from "not thinking about anything"
as the band members put it.
With a female
vocalist in Wamik, the band really introduced a completely varied
style of music. 'Don't Speak' by No Doubt is probably the one song
that the band smashed in many shows and according to concert-goers,
The Untitled Band is known for their No Doubt covers. Their recent
performances have included a great cover in Bic Runga's Sway, a song
that has brought out the best in the band.
On the contrary,
the bands line-up has familiar faces, with Ashraf from Breach on bass,
Ziyan from Sellout on guitars and Tushan on drums. The band members
come from bands which play totally different music and they all say
that the band brought out the sensitive side in them. With great performances
on stage, added with a different style of music, The Untitled Band
really stood out amongst the concert-goers. They played soothing and
calm music, but kept their fans on their toes, something that is very
The band line-up
came into shape with Wamik jamming with Ziyan and then Ashraf and
Tushan fitting in. The line-up complements each other well on stage,
with Wamik filling in at times with keyboards. The rest of the band
is full of praise for their lead singer, and all agree that playing
for the band has taught them new things in the process.
at first that we would stick for two or three shows," says a
smiling Wamik, something that proved to be wrong later. The band gelled
well and showed off their performances in the underground music scene.
“The rest of the band did compromise a lot for the style of music
we played” adds Wamik.
it was tough for a female singer to perform at an underground concert,
Wamik says that there is a social barrier, but the crowd response
always helps. "But I do get nervous on stage," she adds.
Amazingly, even with early slots at concerts, the band does get good
response as people don't show up in numbers early on a concert day.
The Untitled Band brought out the best in a lot of 'emotional' covers
of songs and did entertain the crowd well at times.
The band breaks
up as Wamik leaves for higher studies, and the break-up is an emotional
one for all the band members. With very saddened faces the whole band
seemed to reflect on their moments together. After all, The Untitled
Band did play songs that were very unlikely to be heard at underground
concerts, and they even did that with flying colours. The city concert
scene shall miss a different genre of music as this band splits.
this interview done and dusted, and as members of these bands: StS,
Sellout and Untitled Band leave for abroad; the fans will definitely
miss their heroes in action. Raw energy of StS with high-five spirit,
great moshing by Sellout and then the calm and soothing songs from
the Untitled will be missed and cherished for years to come.
coming for you!
words describe terror like hell, demons and darkness. Those are what
Doom 3 is all about: Scaring the living daylights out of you and it
does that very well. There hasn't been a game yet that has "worn
me out" so heavily as Doom 3; call me a wimp, sure, but you try
and play this game with a loud 5.1 audio system and all the graphical
detail turned up in a dark room and let me know how that works out
In case you've
been living in a cave somewhere with Osama Bin Laden, you've no doubt
heard of Doom 3. Even if you're not into games, there's a good chance
the name has crossed your path. Few software developers can command
the attention of an entire industry PC hardware included like id Software.
From the get-go, id promised us that it was going to have a very heavy
single-player focus and I can fully confirm that they stayed the course
with Multiplayer thrown in gratis. What this game doesn't do is pretend
to be something it's not. Make no mistake; Doom 3 is all about bringing
the scariest experience possible to the PC.
id wanted Doom
3 to have a "movie-like" experience to it, so they sought
out the help of great sound effects and music talent which heavily
compliments the graphics. The audio is so well done, so over the top
of anything I've heard from games that I highly recommend you invest
in a 5.1 audio system. Audio is so paramount to Doom 3's experience
(more so than any game which comes to mind) that we really feel it
needs to win some kind of award.
Forget every screenshot
you've seen. For every trailer you've watched, one truly must see
Doom 3 in action to truly appreciate its full splendor.
effects are the name of the game for setting the dark mood of a Mars
Base, and Doom 3's engine is the best I've seen at rendering dynamic
lights and shadows. Trust me when I say that if, for no other reason,
you need to buy this game to see how gorgeous it is. Sure, Far Cry
did a great job of outdoor environments, but it didn't have that closed-in,
almost claustrophobic feeling that Doom 3 provides. Fast lighting
effects are very critical in conveying a believable world. Everything
casts shadows that fall into light even the way light bounces off
of a characters skin is modeled with extreme detail. Additionally,
the sheer amount of level detail is increased quite heavily by the
its core, this game is still very much a "Doom game." It
has much of the same heart-pounding adrenaline that the original game
had in its day. The differences in gameplay have been elevated to
bring about a story line that helps hold your attention throughout
the entire game. Doom 3 is all about immersive atmosphere and scaring
the player it accomplishes these goals with greatness.
Like most shooters,
you start out the game as an unsuspecting person, just trying to do
their respective duty. It's a matter of circumstance that sucks you
into the plot. As a marine, you've been assigned to Mars to help secure
the research facility which is run by Union Aerospace Corporation,
an entity which seems hell-bent on doing things it shouldn't be dabbling.
And Hell is what they get.
Some warped dudes
figure out a way to open up a portal into the bowels of hell, and
looking to unleash its vengeance on both Mars and hopefully Earth
as well. Even though the concept of killing demons with conventional
weapons seems silly on the outset, it sure makes for some great mindless
fun that'll hold you for a good 20-30 hours of solid game time. In
short time, things quickly take a hard-left turn for the worse once
this happens your colleagues are converted into zombie-like creatures
who want nothing more than to kill you.
Other things Doom
3 does to help create a "you are there feeling" are ambient
things like having you come upon one creature eating the insides of
another. For another example, two workers have a conversation about
the loud walking sounds certain creatures make that become louder
as they get closer.
Doom 3 is scary
because of the way it presents itself. Redesigning the original game
was a big enough task but to retell it in such a way of horror is
even a greater undertaking. Dark, eerie hallways are just the beginning.
What really wears on ones nerves is the way you'll most of the time
hear things creeping around and then all of a sudden bust through
a wall or the floor and come screaming and hurling straight at you.
If that's not enough, there are many times that you'll be surrounded
by monsters it keeps you on your toes for sure.
Trust me: You
do this enough times with a loud 5.1 audio system and with the lights
turned off and you too will be screaming like a little girl.
The main aid throughout
the game is a handy PDA which captures emails, videos and other bits
of information. You couldn't go through the game without it. Non-player
characters are stumbled on at key points along the plot, most of which
are there to help provide you access or information. You'll also hear
radio transmissions from time to time which also provide instruction.
design is very top-notch, and there are some of the most creative
indoor settings we've played through. We're happy id put as much work
as it obviously did to ensure a diverse enough design to keep things
captivating. I won't go into the various levels of the game as to
not give any spoilers. Suffice to say, I'm confident most gamers will
enjoy the variety and layout of levels.
All of the best
weapons from the original game make a come-back, looking and shooting
better than ever. At your disposal you have the following: Pistol,
Shotgun, Machine Gun (New in Doom 3), Mini Gun, Grenades, Plasma Gun,
Rocket Launcher, Chainsaw and the almighty BFG.
the end Doom 3 is, on many levels, more than I had hoped for. It's
a masterpiece of in-your-face action, a good plot, trend-setting graphics
and audio that'll have you screaming for hours. Although there were
a couple of times in the game where things seemed a bit mundane, the
overall experience is one that mostly took my breath away.
Review by Gokhra
Del Spooner - Will Smith
Susan Calvin - Bridget Moynahan
Sonny - Alan Tudyk
Dr. Alfred Lanning - James Cromwell
Lawrence Robertson - Bruce Greenwood
Lt. John Bergin - Chi McBride
V.I.K.I. - Fiona Hogan
Granny - Adrian L. Ricard
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a
human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where
such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection
does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Issac Asimov fans know these by heart. Those are the famous ironclad
laws of robotics penned by Asimov in his Robot series started in the
40's. It was probably the best science fiction ever. Although the
three laws state that robots cannot harm humans or be irrational they
do exactly that in the movie. The stories in the book revolved around
the robots and how they solved the conflicting dilemmas regarding
the three laws. You see, the movie was just based on Asimov's three
The plot: The
fear of machines is the main plot engine. The scene is set in a futuristic
Chicago of 2035 where the skies are packed with helicopters, monorails
and towering skyscrapers the tallest of which belongs to U.S. Robotics.
The body of the chief robot designer Dr. Alfred Lanning (James Cromwell),
lies in the lobby of that building. Apparently it's a suicide. By
the way, the movie tells us that Lanning wrote the three laws (sheesh!).
Del Spooner(Will Smith) is on the case and he doesn't think its suicide.
He has a deep-seated mistrust of robots the reason for which we learn
later in the movie. It's about a little girl who died because a robot
was being too logical.
hates robots and is convinced that they are going to strike back at
humans in true doom gloom fashion. Everyone laughs it off but heck,
we know he's right.
detective is accompanied in his pursuits by the sexy Dr. Susan Calvin
(Bridget Moynahan). Her job at U.S. Robotics is to make the robots
seem more human. The company is about to triple the country's robot
population flooding the market with its latest housekeeping model,
the NS-5 Automated Domestic Assistant. these are all controlled by
the ultimate in artificial intelligence that is a central brain called
V.I.K.I. (Fiona Hogan).
discover a rogue NS-5 robot called Sonny (Alan Tudyk) who seems to
have been programmed without the three laws. Instead it appears to
have a soul whose gentle demeanor masks intense martial arts skills.
Del Spooner becomes
a slightly stereotypical hero who goes up against the big bad guys,
mouths off a lot, races recklessly leaving behind a trail of destruction,
gets into trouble with his superiors and ultimately saves the day.
Sounds like the characters played in his other movies.
The hundreds of
shimmering robot images are fantastically detailed. You know its all
computer generated imagery but its so breathtaking amazingly done
that the robots look both scary and fantastic.
all good heart pounding action movies this also has its complementary
chase scene with Will Smith surrounded and attacked by vans full of
menacing robots. Of course, the movie is a little bit predictable
at places but it does have many plus points. It has lavish graphics,
great action and Will Smiths relaxed humor. Sonny gives an often endearing
child like quality.
digression is that Asimov actually liked robots. The movie on the
other hand uses them in a sort of Frankenstein manner where machines
kill the creator. The movie isn't a direct adaptation. It uses the
three laws as a framework along with two of the original story's characters.
So it's a refreshing touch even if you have read the book because
it is a different story altogether.