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Progressive call

Four years after its last album, LAKKHICHHARA is all set to release its fourth studio offering as the run-up to Puja 2009 hots up. With an increasing progressive inclination, the new record — called Bishesh Bishesh Angha Biratir Por — promises to offer a completely new sound from Lakkhichhara’s previous releases. t2 gets the lowdown...

Lakkhichhara is all set to release its new album on September 12

While most of your contemporaries are bent on coming up with an album a year, you took four years between records. What took you so long?

It was never our priority to release albums every year. We have always taken at least two years to compose, write and arrange our songs. This is simply because Lakkhichhara believes in experimenting at every step, both musically and lyrically. After three albums, we decided to explore and find a sound that represents us individually, as well as a group, the best. Now after four years of hard work we have found our sound, which is progressive rock.

What’s the tentative date of release of Bishesh Bishesh Angsha...?

We are all set to release it on September 12, 2009.

The buzz is that Lakkhichhara has gone all-out progressive on this record...

We have always believed that group work works the best. Progressive music can accommodate our individual tastes, since it is a culmination of various genres of music.

How would you describe the sound on the new album?

Let’s just say that it’s fresh, innovative and very different from what we have done so far.

Tell us a little about the songwriting process for this record. Do you write collectively as a band, or is it individual members who bring songs to the table?

We compose as a band, but the lyrics of all our songs are written by our songwriter Anirban, who is the sixth member of our band.

What are your plans once the record is out?

We always believe in doing things differently. We have a few tours in the pipeline, both nationally and internationally. Videos and TV appearances to promote the album are also in the offing.

Lakkhichhara members are quite active in other fields. Some of you play in other projects; Subhojit is a well-known figure in television now, Debaditya has his own PR agency. How does Lakkhichhara balance it all?

Lakkhichhara is our first priority. Often important business meetings are called off for shows and shoots and sometimes, even studio sessions are called off by members of other bands when it comes to Lakkhichhara’s commitments.

What are your future plans?

To perform and practise as much as possible. And make our new album popular.

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