There is a healthy continuous stream of pop rock music to our industry. It is also good to see musicians mixing it up with their own signature styles as well. One such band is 21. A punk – rock band from Islamabad.
21 was founded in 2011 by Yahya Farid Khawaja and also includes; Mubbashir Sheikh Mashoo, Waleed Mazhar and Hussain Abbas.
They have a few chart toppers to their name like, “Taaray” and “Mein Boloun” featuring renowned artists like Dania Adil Khan, Aahad Nayani from Strings, Ali Hamza from Noori and Taimur Rahman from Laal.
Finishing in the top four of the Pepsi Battle of the Bands Season 3, they made a name for themselves as a band with thunderous drums, blazingly fast guitar riffs, solos and aggressive bass lines that tends to be very anthem like in nature. Now their music is licensed and distributed by Rearts records.
The band has recently released their latest song, Chor Gaya, which has a very personal significance for them. Talking to Mashable Pakistan, they shared;
“This song is very close, special and personal to us. Its about the moment when someone close to your heart is no more with you. In this time of the coronavirus outbreak, many around the globe have unfortunately lost their loved ones, some people are away from their families and some are isolated. We all are in this together and it is important that we are able to empathize. It is our hope that this song highlights and connects with people about the importance and need for love and empathy and how these emotions can get us through tough times.”
They are also planning to re-release their debut album “Taaray” and their second album “Mein Boloun” very soon, so stay tuned, as artists are keeping us sane in these uncertain times.