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Bertie da Silva and his band are back with a new sound, a new line-up and a brand new set of tunes. And you can hear it all at Romanov Red presents Tango’’Talkin’, The Big New Gig in association with t2 on August 22 at GD Birla Sabhagar. The new line-up includes Sooman Wangde Sherpa on lead guitars and Suraj Pradhan on drums, while Willie Walters (bass) and Anindyo Paul (backing vocals) remain.

What’s exciting Bertie the most are his new songs. “I’ve been on a roll. The new tunes are very close to what I had originally set out to do,” he says. And what are they like? Structures and arrangements are different, says Bertie. “The only way I can explain it is with an analogy from classical music. It’s a lot like starting with a phrase or a musical phrase and then exploring all the directions that phrase takes you in,” he explains.

Like Bertie and his band’s first concert at the same venue in November 2008, The Big New Gig will include a solo set by the multi-faceted singer-songwriter.

Tickets for the August 22 show are available at Kookie Jar (Rawdon Street and City Centre) and the Guitar Centre@Tolly.


On Tuesday afternoon, Bangla rockers Fossils (picture right by Pabitra Das) announced its first ever UK tour during the Pujas. The band will be the first rock act from the city to tour the UK, with concerts lined up in Ealing and Cardiff.

There was more reason to celebrate as the band presented a sneak press preview of F3, the band’s third and latest studio album, before the bunch of tunes is sent for mastering to Sterling Sounds in New York, to be mastered by engineer Steve Fallone. The album is expected to hit the racks by end-September, before the band embarks on its UK tour.

Fossils fans are also feasting on a new YouTube preview of F3, which in essence is a concept album of 56 minutes. Primarily based on frontman Rupam Islam’s poetry and lyrics, the record offers a continuous story for its full length, without any breaks between songs.

On Tuesday, at the band’s office and rehearsal space at Southend Park, Fossils presented the tunes O Maa and Phire cholo from F3, already huge hits at the band’s live shows. Here’s looking forward to the much-awaited release.

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