EPK – Songs of Petrichor – She’s In Black (single) (2021)
Publicist – Jon Asher – asher[@]ashermediarelations[.]com
Single: She’s In Black
Release: July 25, 2021
Record Label: Wall of Sound Records
L-R – Shaharyar Hamdani (Vocals, Guitar), Yousuf Masood (Guitar, Bass), Omair Soomro (Drums, Lyrics)
A nostalgic, melancholic revival of influenced 70’s prog, 90’s grunge, and South Asian classical music, Songs of Petrichor has fused a refreshing sound from the Middle East. With all members of the band being multi-instrumentalists, the crafting of songs has always taken an interesting approach with each of them having mutual respect for each other’s instrumentation.
Admitting that they are first and foremost a live experience, Songs of Petrichor’s true chemistry comes to life when adding improvisation to their stage performance, but in the meantime, with lockdowns around the globe, they feel it is necessary to allow the public to enjoy their sonic adventures online until then.
Songs of Petrichor’s goal with their forthcoming record is to take listeners on a journey of rain-induced sentiment, strong emotions, and adoration for the classic yet modern love of rock.
BAND STORY ANGLES / FUN FACTS
1. The band likes to joke about how Songs of Petrichor was actually started in the corporate world. I (Omair) had a review meeting with the COO of the Company after the successful completion of a project. As the discussion turned surprisingly informal towards the end, I was asked “So what do you do outside of work?”. Upon finding out that I am a musician, I was told “Take this number and call this young man who is very dear to me”. I got a business card on my Whatsapp named “Sheru Jeddah”. Later on, I found out we both were asked to contact each other which we did. We had an awkward phone call where Shaharyar told me he loves the Beatles and we had a common friend from back home who had passed away recently. Hesitantly, we decided to meet up at a mutual friend’s place as a formality which I was personally dreading as it was just for the sake of meeting up. Turned out I finally met a musician with whom I share a broad range of similar musical taste. Oddly, we were both listening to Ravi Shankar while driving to the same location to meetup. For one we were both die-hard Zeppelin fans. Later, we created Songs of Petrichor.
2. Shaharyar and Omair started the music much earlier on around July 2019 and named the band ‘Petrichor’. The missing element was Yousuf, who joined the band around October 2019. He was the final jigsaw piece. We changed the band name to ‘Petrichoir’ as ‘Petrichor’ was taken by a strange DJ and also because Shaharyar was in a choir. Later on, just before the Pandemic, we changed to ‘Songs of Petrichor’. We were forced to stop jamming and writing from February 2020 to late August 2020 due to COVID19.
3. All the members are multi-instrumentalists. There are songs where Yousuf has influenced the drum ideas and Omair has written the guitar and vocal melodies. Especially while free jamming, the band members keep switching between instruments for fun. Consequently, even during songwriting, there is a lot of cross-influence as all members seem to have perspectives on each instrument.