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Co-ven vol 3: A Review

by Zia Ahmad                                                                                                                                                                             

A bone of contention that rock musicians in Pakistan have from time to time is the dearth of work. The strife is more pronounced when one is adamant to steer clear of corporate endorsements and mindless, populist pandering, and sticking to its own independent point of view. Co-ven has no such qualms and manages to find plentiful of work in the face of growing bland plastic aesthetics and sensibility. Other than the preceding vol 1 & 2, members of the band have been instrumental with Omran Shafique’s  Urdu rock outfit, Mauj. Between handling Co-ven/Mauj chores the band also appeared as session players on Zeb & Hanya’s impressive album Chup. No dearth of work there. Extracurricular activities notwithstanding, Co-ven has a new record out.  Continue reading

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Pakistani Rock Comes of Age

By Zia Ahmad

Summer 1995

The world was young, so was I. Still in my teens, my head ran on a brew of boundless enthusiasm and hope for tomorrow. The teenage optimism extended itself to Pakistani pop bands I was listening to back in the day: the MCC (Music Channel Charts) stable bands, Pepsi Top of the Pops confetti we were served week after week, Junoon and Vital Signs defining the musical landscape of Pakistan. Good times. Then again, there was only this much I could take of tuneful melodies and slick pop melodies. The thingness of things felt a tad incomplete. Lucky for me I had already discovered grunge that perfectly filled the void. Continue reading

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