Punk It Up

Kamal Singh LaisramKamal Singh Laisram

While working on the debut album for his solo project, 3Sevens, singer-songwriter Kamal Singh Laisram went mellow with sound. But he craved for more and began his next solo project, Hoirong. He began work on an album under this project with a punk sound of the '90s, the kind that iconic bands such as Nirvana made popular. After barely three weeks, Laisram was ready with his album, The Resurrection of the Princess of Woe and her Vampire Posse. "The title goes well with the artwork that I have done and that is the only explanation for this," says Singh, who was earlier a part of popular Bangalore-based band, Lounge Piranha.

The 10-track album was released online in March and contrary to Laisram's expectations, the indie world lapped up the songs. "Hoirong is a swear word in Manipuri," says Laisram,who is half-Manipuri and half-Tamil. His songs address concerns and issues that swim in his head from overcrowded streets and highrise buildings in Bangalore in Bajrang bali to the kinds of bands that are making it big in the country in Fancy dress+hindi = awesome. "In a way, all the songs have a sense of continuation in terms of mood and sound. I am influenced by bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden," he says.

The sound ranges from alt-rock to punk and even dance in Cyborg supernova lipgloss. For now, the album is only available on websites such as www.oklisten.com and www.musicfellas.com and can be bought for Rs 12 per song. "I am working on promoting it. Now that I am shifting to Delhi to pursue a music therapy course, I hope to perform here," he says.

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