Text by Sonam Dolma Sherpa
Ever since 1974 AD announced their new line-up and breaking of the band’s 6 years of hiatus, fans highly anticipated the release of their next album. Last month, the widespread anticipation was pacified when the band released its ninth studio album ‘Hazaar Sapana’.
After listening to the album which was available for free downloads on the band’s official website, the fans responded with mixed reviews. Some bewailed that the band has lost its charm, while some believed that the band sounded more magnificent than ever.
When reviews are in a muddle, let’s hear what the band members have to say :
Nirakar Yakthumba (Bass)
After releasing our 8th album ‘8/18’, we decided to pause for some time. Adrian also wanted to take a yearlong break after which he remained concentrated in his solo career. To be very frank, we were at a point where we did not know what our next step would be, but nonetheless, we decided not to give up.
With the new line-up, we did not hesitate to try out new stuff, and now, we are amazed to receive positive reviews, it is growing like wildfire every day.
Jacko Wacko (Trumpet)
Inspiration to compose the song ‘Salghari’ is derived from the first four lines of a book written by Gopal Yonzon. Basically, it is a typical folk song which summarizes the kinds of romance we find in remote settings of Nepal. Many believe this as a jazz number but I disagree with them. Mixing up horn sections in a song doesn’t make it jazzy. Instead, this is a typical jyaure Nepali song.
Pratik Baniya (Trombone)
I had never imagined that I would be joining 1974 AD. After enrolling in the horn scholarship at Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory and learning to play Trombone, I played for the band ‘What the Funk’ and started jamming with 1974 AD, eventually, becoming one of the official members. It is very hard for new bands to earn fan base but working with the nation’s one of the biggest bands, I believe I am very lucky.
Rohit John Chettri (Vocals and Guitars)
Mutability in musical flavour is obvious when new talent joins a band, and to those fans who wish to hear the sounds of erstwhile 1974 AD, I would like to request them not to avoid listening to our new album because except new musicians and music, the band is still the same. We are trying to grow only for our fans.
Sanjay Shrestha (Drums)
At a time between the period of ‘8/18’ and ‘Hazaar Sapana’, I personally was pretty frustrated and even thought to quit the band. ‘House of Music’, the restaurant that I own, was doing good business, and I was enjoying with my new band ‘Joint Family Internationale’, but my wife, Susan, advised me not to quit. After all, we all are like members of a family, thanks to almost two decades of togetherness.
Prajjwal Mukhiya (Keyboard and Vocals)
Working with such talented musicians of 1974 AD, I am learning more and more every day. I believe becoming a member of the band is the fruit of all the hard work that I did in the past.
Manoj Kumar KC (Guitars)
Like all of our albums, ‘Hazaar Sapana’ has its own uniqueness and stories, and with horn sections in our songs, listeners are believing that 1974 AD is now a jazz band but this is untrue. We are just trying to add an extra dimension in our music and creating something better to listen. As all of our members are connected with KJC in one way or the other, we had always thought of adding horn sections in our songs. During concerts in the past too, we had included horns and now, we have included its sound in the studio album as our songs sounded complete with it.