The team of Euphoria led by Palash Sen (fourth from left)
Their last studio album, Sharnaagat (2012), came as a pleasant surprise to critics as well as fans for being the band's first spiritual record with influences of pop, folk and blues. Now, after a hiatus of four years, Euphoria is set to cut a new album, 'Halla Bol', which, the outfit's frontman Dr Palash Sen, terms as a 'straight-ahead satire'.
"Halla Bol is the war cry of the meek. The project was born out of the need to encourage people to raise their voice against everything that's wrong, and stand up for what they believe in. All this has been done in our trademark quirky fashion," says Palash. The album will be unveiled a few weeks later. Euphoria had released a 'Halla Bol' single, jointly written by Palash and Deekshant Sahrawat, in June.
Mumbaikars can catch Euphoria perform live in the city on October 28 at Awestrung. "Mumbai is my second home. I have great memories of this place. This city loves me and Euphoria," he adds.
The singer-actor says the love of fans has kept them going through the years. "We never had any godfather, a big agency or anybody from the industry backing us. We made music, and people connected with it. That brought us closer and till date, they refuse to give up on us," he explains.
Though Euphoria composed the background score for the film Mumbai Cutting (2010), in which he also acted, Palash says Bollywood has never been the band's territory: "Bollywood has never really welcomed us with open arms, though they have adopted our sound. We remade our song, Sone De Maa, for Apoorva Lakhia's Shootout At Lokhandwala (2007). He used it beautifully."
He says he hasn't signed ay film yet, but is "considering a couple of scripts". Which filmmaker's work excites him? He says, "My wishlist includes Pradeep Sarkar, Shoojit Sircar and Raju Hirani."