In the year 2008,Avial,a Thiruvananthapuram-based rock band released a song online,titled Nada Nada,which gave a new meaning to the term indie rock in the country. The four-member band experimented with language,sang in Malayalam and gave rise to alternative Malayali rock. After releasing a self-titled album four years ago,tweaking their line-up and performing all over the country and abroad,the band,with Tony John on the vocals,Rex Vijayan on guitars,Mithun Puthanveetil on drums and Binny Isaac on the bass,will release their second album later this year. Three of the expected 10 songs are already available online.
One of the tracks titled Ayyo has been set with a mandolin and a harp,a rare feat in rock tracks, says Aditya Jha,the bands manager,who adds that three songs from the album are a part of a Malayalam film titled,Second Show, actor Mammoottys son Dulquer Salman.
We have also done the background score for the film, says John. If their debut album,Avial,was a hard core rock album,the second one will border on experimentation. Expect their trademark rock sound with a dose of traditional south-Indian percussion and world music influence.
However,its not just the new album that keeps the band members of Avial busy. The band along with Cochin-based Papaya Media,has started a new venture called Malfunction Factory (pronounce Mal as mull). A Malayalam feature film titled 22 Female Kottayam is in the pipeline and is being directed by Aashiq Abu,better-known for his first film,Salt N Pepper. Avial,of course,is going to be composing the music for the film. We had thought of just starting a record label but Malfunction Factory is a 360 degree venture and the second album will release under this banner. says Jha.