Monday, December 29, 2008

When Writers Attack

Now as many of you know, we performed with The Munchkins at PACC last weekend. I haven't blogged about the show, or the one with Zeb and Haniya, well basically because I'm a lazy bastard. More on that later. Anyway, it was interesting to see two wildly different accounts of the concert in the press.

Here's what Saba Imtiaz had to say about us from The News Instep Saturday Dec 27th, 2008

"Aunty Disco Project - which now features the enhanced line-up of Ali Alam along with Omar Bilal Akhtar, Yasir Qureshi and Omer Khalid - were the opening act for The Munchkins. And this performance - had such remarkable energy - down to the synchronized guitaring between Omar and Ali or Omar jumping onstage, in true rock star glory. And the rock star moves transcended from the attitude to the stage to. Ali dedicated a song to a concertgoer who had earlier cribbed on Facebook about the high ticket price saying, "He spent a lot of money to get here and I'm sorry I couldn't help him." The tickets were priced at 500 rupees a head, to which Gumby's explanation was "inflation." Unfortunately, inflation has also hit the concertgoer, yet most event tickets are priced at 500 rupees or above.

Ali has clearly added a lot to the band and one can see that quite clearly, and it defnitely fantastic to be able to hear Ali performing his single 'Raat Jaagi' live. Omar Bilal Akhtar of ADP agrees - he thinks the band has become a lot more "confident and professional since Ali joined. It has become a more concentrated effort."

And Aunty Disco Project was definitely loud (despite hiccups from the sound engineer) and loving it - and their finale, featuring a melange of drums, darbouka and guitar sounds definitely ended their set on a high note.....

......The Munchkins' set seemed more cocky and self-assured, performing a number of songs that they always cover. And in terms of stage passion, the younger, original ADP beat them hands down that night."

Not bad right? Now take a look at this. Madeeha Syed from Dawn Images Dec. 28th, 2008

"Another change this time around was also the introduction of an opening act, which was none other than the Aunty Disco Project (ADP). With Imran Lodhi away at college out of the country, the current ADP lineup consists of Yasir Quraishi on darbuka, Omar Bilal Akhtar (Oba) on lead guitar and vocals, Ali Alam on bass and vocals and Omar Khalid (OK) on drums.

During ADP’s performance, the sound levels seemed oddly out of sync which lked to the instruments and the vocals sounding all over the place. Among other songs, they performed the popular Sultanat as well as Oba’s solo single, the haunting Nazar. Some female members in the audience thought to add to the atmosphere by collectively singing a note or two with him, which invited laughter from the rest. They also tried their hand at covers, one of which was Baba O’Reily by The Who. Disappointingly, they didn’t perform the signature guitar solo that comes towards the end of the song.

Another thing that has to be mentioned here is that Oba literally seemed to take it upon himself to embody the spirit and the enthusiasm of the entire band. He jumped numerous times on the tiny little stage while performing with expressions that were determined to force his fervor on the audience — whether they liked it or not — and he swung his arm repeatedly around the guitar. Unfortunately, at a venue such as the PACC and with songs that didn’t match his passion for exhibitionism, his ‘performance’ seemed very much over the top."

Whoa? What did I ever do to her? I mean I just feel really targeted. This second article has no pictures of us and there's no mention of the rest of the band or what they did. I don't mind being criticized over a lacklustre performance or bad singing or songs, that's part of the deal. but to get criticized for jumping around on stage? Would she I rather just stand still and stare off into space? I also love how she's turned the fact that the crowd was singing along to my song into some sort of thing where they are mocking us. Yes thats a great way for us to be mocked. Sing along to our song.

Let's not forget my "passion for exhibitionism". Obviously the writer has spent enough time with me to know about my regular weekend practice of displaying my wang to old ladies at Sunday Bazaar.

Once again, being in public and displaying your work to an audience always means criticism is going to come your way. But these comments seem to come from a really dark place. Almost like someones fishing for criticism.

"Look at that bastard OBA...all jumping on stage...enjoying himself...trying to get the crowd going...giving them a show worth their money...what an exhibit
ionist. I'm going to call it a 'performance' while uneccessarily putting that word in quotes."

Anyway, here are links to both the articles. Make what you will of them.

The News Instep

http://www.dawn.com/weekly/images/images2.htm




15 Comments:

Blogger Khizzy said...

paisa vasool!
500rs well spent.
so dont worry about it.

you dont have to take everything to heart.
focus on saba's piece.
its your choice...mope about madeeha's or celebrate saba's.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha, I think you're lucky on this count, this clearly means she likes you. It's usually the other way round if she despises you. ;)

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous2 said...

madeeha syed has her favorites, and then there's everyone else.

seriously, screw her. she's probably dry and itchy these days (y'know.. with the guy she wants being with someone else and all)

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you understand that the writer in the second article has just said that your OTT antics were 'awkward' in lieu of the venue and all?

didn't say they were bad or anything, just that since the rest of your band wasn't exactly feeling the same amount of energy as you, your jumping around seemed bizarre. Which is a fair point.

lekin, she should know that covers don't mean you have to play everything note perfect and all. so if a solo is missing maybe that's cause the band wanted it that way? keh maybe they didn't want to play a long extended gay solo.

plus, yaar wtf is with retards who use the word guitaring? look up a goddamn dictionary.

and dude, get the sand out of your um, axe wound (no offense in terms of imagery). youre a lead singer of a rock band and youre pissing yourself cause a writer said something ambivalent.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah man.. i thought you guys were pretty energetic..as in all the members.. waht can yasir or omar khalid do?? run around the stage??

it was fine.. you cant blame her.. she was smoking outside while the concert was on..so yeah..

5:03 PM  
Blogger Omar said...

Aargh so many anonymous's (anonymi?)

Yeah khiz I suppose I should be looking at the bright side...I just got a rude waking up that day with people texting me and asking me "do the people at Dawn have something against you?!"

As for Anonymous2, i appreciate the support but I think we should take the high ground and not attack Madeeha personally on this.

The sand out of my ass? haha yeah I know I've got it pretty good, in retrospect this was a pretty impulsive rant. I suppose you could say it was ambivalent, but the comments just had a snarky tone to them which was pissing me off and I felt the need to vent.

Thanks for the support guys I appreciate it. Much love.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Starman said...

http://clarityandfunk.blogspot.com/2008/12/long-friday-starman-graphic-novel.html

i posted about yous! at the forum at least. was too late for the munchkins thing so missed y'all. did that show start on time? =O

and yeah dawn was cold and wow anonymous2, arent you venomous tonight.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Shen H said...

Negative feedback goes with the territory, and it's also the nature of the mob. When you're the new kid in town, they love you indiscriminately, partly because of the novelty, but when that's worn off they're entirely capable of doing a 180 and hating you. Just go on doing what you're doing and let your work speak for itself.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous laila said...

Ahhh *whines* IWANTTOSEE.
And 500 rupees is not expensive for a good band!
Your energy is refreshing. It's not your fault the stage was a bit small, this chick is making it sound like you were that one retarded big kid who keeps jumping on that jumping castle and traumatizing all the bachas (which I do quite often, for your information). And paying a tribute to a kickass guitarist during your performance does not constitute to being 'over the top' (although you are quite tall);and neither does trying to interact with the audience to 'forcing your fervor upon them' or being showy.
Also, remember, with Rock'n'Roll there is ALWAYS some people who hate you and some who love you!
And you better do another concert after shaadi season, so that I can scream and whoop to my heart's content!

10:51 PM  
Anonymous laila said...

OH. And I am quite impressed by your contributions to certain estrogen-ic magazines ^^

11:06 PM  
Anonymous pataydar!! said...

on flickr they say OBA isitlike oba, or OBA?
anywaynazarwasgoodgrowyourhairmara.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous pataydar said...

geezdude sorry i meantlikeO.B.A.orobayknow?

12:54 AM  
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4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speak for yourself only sami.

1:37 AM  
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3:28 AM  

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