We formed The Attempted Band in 1996 and wrote most of these songs between 97-99. We finally recorded tracks 1-8 in 2014. Tracks 9 and 10 are remixes. 11-14 are from a demo in 2000.
We recorded this album pretty much over the internet and put it together in three days in Boston. Thankfully, our ineptitude with audio equipment means that we could preserve the live element--most of the instruments are done in one take because we couldn't master the art of the second take until way late in the process, when our doughty sound engineer Mike came into the scene and saved us from ourselves.
This album wouldn't have been possible without the help of many, many people sending us tracks, artwork, ideas, etc over the internet. Every song has individual credits, but here are the people we'd like to thank, in no specific order:
Amreen for the cover art, Rajib bhai for directing the video, Sara for waking up at 5 in the morning to be in it, Anik for starting us out on the recording process, Bill for his awesome arrangement idea, Saad for playing amazing keys at such short notice, Mike for playing bass, playing keys, dealing with our stupid jokes, being just generally fucking awesome and doing such an amazing job with the sound even in spite of all our initial failings, Shakib bhai for acting tough and saying "Waak thu" to the music, all our friends and fans who encouraged us to do this by saying "You know, this isn't as terrible of an idea as you might think. I mean it probably is, but do it and we promise to only laugh behind your back" (except Arif who laughed in our faces), Wasif for letting us record our demo in his studio time back in 2000, Charu bhai for doing an amazing engineering job at Music Man Studios for our original demo. Moomie, Nafi, Rezwan bhai, Mishaal, Fahad, and Milu bhai for the encouragement and giving it a listen. And Seth for being the first to buy the album!!!!
Thank you, Troyer Youth Choir!!!!!!!
Thanks too to all the people who've played in the band at one time or another--Daniel, you're the one we missed the most because we wrote all these songs together. Shafqat, Sadat, Farhan (ki hoyecche?), Oshi, Safina. And Gibran bhai: we love you with so much khatta.
Thank you Guru Azam Khan for bringing rock music to Bangladesh. Thanks to Feedback, Rockstrata, Miles, Feelings, LRB, and all the other great bands who inspired us.
Thanks to our long-suffering families, who paid for equipment and dealt with 2AM drum solos (or drum solos at any time really), made us get singing lessons, and played songs we hated as teenagers that ended up shaping our idea of what music is like. And thank you, with the biggest hugs and kisses and love, to our furry friends--Joe Black, Sammy, Jamila, and Bishu. Sorry it gets loud when we practice.
And thanks most of all to all the girls who refused to have anything to do with us. Without you, we would have never written these songs!!!
released July 14, 2014
Jisha Sarwar: vocals
Farooque Bhai: vocals
Michael Allard: bass, keys
Saad Chowdhury: keys
Bill Burley: keys
Imran Aziz: guitars, vocals
Arafat Kazi: drums, vocals
Special guests Troyer Youth Choir in "Only A Bengali Can" and "I MIght Be Ugly But I'm Not Stupid"
Troyer Youth Choir are:
Mir Jamiur "Jelybean" Rahman
Tahmid "T-Buzz" Mostafa
Faria "Queen Bee" Nuzhat
Shehereen "Nagini" Alam
Rubaiyat "Kho-Money" Hussain
Atif "Artcell" Anwar
Samir "Mad Dog" Abdullah
Je-Flow "Psychotronic Riffer"
All lyrics and music by Imran Aziz and Arafat Kazi except "Jibone Kicchu Pabonare", which is a cover of the great Bangla rock guru Azam Khan
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