Official Announcement: Ali Alam has officially joined ADP and officially so has Rahayl Sidikey. Officially.
Here were some of Ali's stipulations for joining the band.
1) Fire Yasir (we did it immediately)
2) Just kidding, don't fire Yasir. (oh dear.... this is going to be awkward.)
3) End feud with Ali Zafar (unacceptable)
4) Snacks must be mandatory during jam (accepted)
5) No sexual innuendo during jam (not accepted).
6) Hire a permanent, proper bass player so he can go back to playing guitar
Which leads me to my next bit of news....
Rahayl Sidikey from Mizraab is our new bass player!
Rahayl and I have been playing together for awhile, he's a fantastic bass player and he can play almost any style. He's been playing with Mizraab for over 3 years now and he's also recorded with solo artist Faraz Haider. I first played with him when we were part of Tee-Em's back up band for a Beatles tribute show. Then we played together for my side project "The Big Cheese" and hit it off muscially.
To be honest, we've always been on the lookout for a permanent bass player. Back in the days when Imran was in the band, him and I used to switch instruments midway through the set and then he would sing and play guitar with me on the bass. While this kind of became our trademark, the guys in the band hated it because it broke the flow of the concert and it was awkward and unwieldly. Plus Imran and I were both primarily guitarists so we were make shift bass players rather than proper ones.
I think that kind of bass playing defined our earlier sound. Since Imran and I both thought like guitarists, the bass playing on our earlier songs was more note oriented and punk-ish rather than finding a groove or laying a foundation with the drums. As a result, we always felt that ADP didn't sound as full or as powerful as it should have.
When Ali took over on bass duties, it was the same case, because he's also primarily a guitarist who we had slotted into a bass playing role. This also meant that we were missing out on his services as a guitar player and Ali really is quite an innovative guitarist in his own right.
Enter Rahayl. Originally Rahayl was going to play a one off show with us at Shanaakht where we were scheduled to perform an acoustic set. His playing really filled out our sound, and he was gelling well with the other guys, so after the whole debacle, we all talked about it and offered him a slot. He abused us all and told us that he was only into playing Michael Bolton covers. We were confused since he was the bass player for Pakistan's premier metal band. After cornering him with our superior logic and promising him 72 virgins (thats usually our male fan demographic), we got him to join ADP.
So there you have it everybody, please welcome Ali and Rahayl to the ADP family, I promise you, we're going to be bigger and badder and nuder than ever before.....