Local rock group 'Alien Gods' is poised to go places with their debut album 'Lunar Blackened Death' set for a worldwide release soon. The three-member band is very upbeat about their kind of music, though they regret that locally there are not many takers.
"We are yet to find sponsors here even nearly two months after the album was released in the state, perhaps unable to sync with our brand of music," said vocalist Olik Boko. The other members of the group are Ravi Prasad on drums and Raju Thapa on bass guitar. "It would be a lot better if we can go out and promote our music," says Olik, the frontman. Started in the year 2002 while still in school with the name 'Holo Band', the three of them had formed the band to pursue their passion for music.
Olik says initially they used to play songs from all genres and after performing only two shows they shut shop in order to pursue higher studies. "Then in 2004 when we performed in a musical soiree called Megatone at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district, I saw that we had improved a lot and then by the end of that year Alien Gods was formed," said Olik.
Talking about their music, Olik said, "Our music is very tough and it needs years of practice and stamina." Ravi said, "The tempo goes from 140BPM to 300BPM. So our music has to be perfect, a note goes in there and the shows all gone." Many of the companies, national and from outside, are showing interest in their music, said the band. On an average, Alien Gods performs around eight concerts in a year, within the state and outside.
The members are thinking of opening a music studio here. Raju, who is pursuing his graduation from Dera Natung Government college and also works as a computer operator in the All-Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour Union office, says his parents are supportive of his music career.
Talking of the many fans that go crazy over Alien Gods, making them their idol, Raju says, "It feels incredible to be loved by so many fans and we want our fans to keep supporting and loving us."