Free Download: Sharma and The Besharams’ New Single ‘Hangout Hangover’
Frontwoman Vasuda Sharma’s band featuring a motley bunch of Mumbai musicians keep the mood light on their first release
Although Mumbai-based indie pop band Sharma and TheÂ BesharamsÂ have been performing togetherÂ liveÂ for over a year, “Hangout Hangover”Â is a late butÂ carefully crafted debut to give audiences a proper introduction to the band. “We thought this would be a nice song to come out with so that people know what the band sounds like,” saysÂ frontwomanÂ and vocalistÂ VasudaÂ Sharma. “We could call it a teaser.”
Bright and uplifting, “Hangout Hangover”Â is a curious mix of pop and folk withÂ various unlikely instrumentsÂ likeÂ the ukulele [which Sharma plays herself]Â and banjoÂ thrown in. “The ukulele I just picked up because I like how light it is, how travel-friendly it is, and I love the sound,” says Sharma, adding thatÂ playing the uke led herÂ to explore interesting sound for her composition. She adds, “I was frantically looking for someone who would play banjo and unfortunately there are very few.”
While the paucity of banjo players in the country made thingsÂ tough for aÂ while, Sharma’s search finally ended with ChaitanyaÂ Bhaidkar, who has now been performing with her for a while.Â “He has a great knowledge of Hindustani classicalÂ and he uses that on the guitar and banjo. So I like that–where it’s kind of an experiment of blending Indian melodies with western instruments,”Â says Sharma.
Also comprising blues/rock guitarist KushÂ Upadhayay, music composer and keyboardist JK, bassistÂ ChirayuÂ VedekarÂ andÂ Bh
For the colorful “Hangout Hangover” video which released on September 9th, the band decided to go DIY. To pull off the theme of a houseÂ party, they called in fans, friends and family to be part of the video on and off screen, including biggies from the film and music industryÂ who helped with production.
AlthoughÂ hesitant to give away any more details, Sharma does share thatÂ most of their upcoming musicÂ willÂ be as positive as their debutÂ single.Â “It’s all fun stuff with light humor and a feel-good [vibe],”Â Sharma informs, adding they want toÂ maintain those themes inÂ theirÂ futureÂ music videosÂ as well.Â “I think as a band that’s what our sound is all about.”
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