They’re one of one of the most underrated music acts of Pakistan. However, they have a solid cult following– mainly from among their very own peers of expert musicians, music aficionados as well as practitioners.
There wasn’t a clear ‘minute’ when Poor Rich Boys and also the Toothless Alcoholics damaged on to the songs scene. Created sometime in 2008, the band had actually been launching crude, however compelling, recordings of their music online and also carrying out at smaller venues to a gradually growing variety of people before, lastly, partnering up with Mekaal Hasan, that wound up creating a bulk of the tunes from their albums.
The band started out with Danish Khawaja, Shehzad Noor Butt as well as Zain Ahsan. Danish Khawaja exited the scene right after and Shehzad as well as Zain brought the band onward, carrying out as a duo for the initial number of years of the band’s presence. I fulfilled them at some time around that time, heard them do– was entirely mesmerised– and got a CD of the rough cut of their initial cd. To this particular day I like that harsh cut to the slicker, ‘professionally produced’ version that appeared later on. There was a rawness to their acoustic audio that provided a credibility to it.
Eventually they integrated various other members– Zain Moulvi on bass, Raavail Sattar on drums and Umer Khan on vocals. Since then, they’ve released three albums, did both locally as well as abroad, as well as are a widely known as well as loved name in the Lahore below ground songs circuit.
Shorba Noor’s ‘Overture to a Murder’ is a soft, beautiful acoustic number that harks back to Shahzad Noor’s work with the Poor Rich Boys
Their brand name of music: definitely gorgeous, acoustic, alternative unplugged sound, coupled with magic with verse and expression that leaves the interpretation as much as the listener.
” Mentally, we’re poor,” claimed Shehzad Noor Butt in a meeting with Public Radio International in the USA a couple of years back. “My sis called me a ‘poor little rich boy’ when because I was whining concerning something,” he continues, keeping in mind one of the references to the band’s name. “I believed it was amusing and also quite apt, taking into consideration the songs.”
Shorba Noor is Shehzad Noor Butt’s own solo (mis) adventures. His most recent offering, ‘Start to a Murder’, which referrals the 1946 Sherlock Holmes movie, harks back to his work with the Poor Rich Boys. It’s a soft, gorgeous acoustic number that shows off Ali Suhail’s virtuosity on the guitars. The percussions appear to be programmed right into the song. Towards the second half of the two minute 35 second tune, there is a brass area that includes a splendor to the tune without subduing it.
‘ Overture to a Murder’ opens up with these lyrics: “And also currently you remain in my residence/ Your eyes like shedding ashes/ I hear them sear via the phone/ Yet I doubt you would certainly keep in mind/ You inform me that I’m silly/ Yet you’re none smarter/ You claim you never ever enjoyed me/ I say: neither did your father”
The track, it appears, has to do with difficult connections. The difficulties of forming an add-on, the misery of post-attachments as well as re-attachments in its lots of kinds. It’s the vibrant songwriting that offers the contents of the verses, almost aesthetically, in your mind while you are listening to them.
With all of this talent, I seem like the only point absolutely holding Poor Rich Boys as well as Shorba Noor back is the easy reality that their language of choice is English. It instantly places them in a specific niche and they appear quite comfortable staying there. Till that changes, they’ll remain the songs industry’s (unintentionally) finest kept secret.