Overload (Pakistani band)
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|Origin||Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Genres||Instrumental rock, experimental rock, classical music, psychedelic rock, fusion|
|Labels||BMN Records, Riot Records, Universal Music|
|Associated acts||Rachel Viccaji, AlterEgo, Club Caramel, Noori, SYMT|
|Past members||Pappu Sain
Overload (Urdu: اورلوڈ) is a Pakistani rock band from Lahore, Punjab, formed in 2003. The group is directed by producer, lead vocalist and drummer, Farhad Humayun and keyboard/synth player, songwriter and composer, Sheraz Siddiq, who were soon joined by Hassan Mohyeddin on percussion along with dhol players Pappu Sain and Jhura Sain. The band is widely regarded by many critics as being the "Loudest band in Pakistan".
Since their inception, the band has released two studio albums and two live albums. The band released their debut self-titled album Overload in December, 2006. The album charted at the top in the local Pakistani music charts and singles from the album included instrumentals "Dhamaal", "Cursed" and "Storm". After the release of the album, Pappu Sain, regarded as the greatest dhol player in the world, left the band due to ill health and was replaced by Nasir Sain. In 2008, their single "Dhamaal" got nominated for the "Best Music Video" award at the Lux Style Awards. This was followed by the band releasing their second studio album, Pichal Pairee, in 2009. Although, the album released exclusively as a digital download album, and has not been released on any physical medium, it still topped the charts locally. Singles from the album, "Pichal Pairee", "Mela Kariyay" and "Dhol Bajay Ga!" [now known as Batti] were hits. In an online poll by Dawn News the band's video for their single, "Pichal Pairee", was voted as the third best music video of 2010.
Formation & Initial Years
The band was formed in 2003 by producer, lead vocalist and drummer, Farhad Humayun and keyboard/synth player, songwriter and composer, Sheraz Siddiq.
In 2010 the band released their second album “Pichal Pairee” exclusively as a digital download album. The first single to be released from the album was “Pichal Paire”. The video was directed by Hasaan Ashraf, which received a lot of critical acclaim for its slick camera angles and the way it was shot. The next video “Mela Kariye” was directed by Farhad Humayun himself for which he received a nomination at the Lux Style Awards for the ‘Best Music Video Director”. The next video to be released from the album was “Batti” which was directed by Farhad Humayun & Hassaan Ashraf. The styling for the video as done by ace designer HSY. The song also got featured in Mira Nair’s adaptation of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and later in Pakistan’s first animated TV series Burka Avenger. The album won a lot of critical acclaim and despite not having had a physical release, the album topped charts all across Pakistan. The band got nominated for the 'Best Music Artist' award at the Lux Style Awards 2010 for the album. Farhad Humayun was nominated for the 'Best Music Producer' for "Pichal Pairee" & for the 'Best Music Video Director' for Mela Kariyay.
Overload released the video of Ankahi in 2011. Overload launched the official video of the second single of the year 2011 “Neray Aah”. In celebration of their 10 year anniversary, Overload released a special single “Jeet” on 14th August 2013.
- Studio albums
- Live albums
- Pichal Pairee Tour 2009 (2009)
- Overload Live at the Apartment Sessions (2011)
- Pichal Pairee
- Mela Kariye
- Neray Aah
- Overload won the 'Best Live Act Award' at the Lux Style Awards 2006.
- "Dhamaal" was nominated for the 'Best Music Video' at the Lux Style Awards 2008.
- Overload were nominated for the 'Best Music Artist' award at the Lux Style Awards 2010 for their album Pichal Pairee.