Anil (drums/vocals), Sushil (bass/vocals), Vishal (guitars/vocals)
Ke Bhako Timi
Chup Laga Timi
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I2ST : Ramailo-core Punk !
Inside 2 Stoopid Triangles was formed in early 2001. Sushil, Anil and Vishal first met during a gig at Jump Club. Vishal was in 5th Grade Dropout back then and luckly for him Sushil (ex-Malai Dogle Tokyo and Rai Ko Ris) and Anil (ex-Malai Dogle Tokyo) were looking for a guitarist.
The band started as a trio, with the sole intention of having fun, since a lot of punk these days were more about preaching, and less about having fun. They created their own unique style of punk rock: Ramailo-Core punk, which is also a take on the thousands of “this-core and that-core” bands around.
Their first ever gig was at Upstairs, azimpat, “That place usually had jazz bands playing. We managed to piss the owner off by saying Hami pani jazz band ho,” reminiscences Sushil. The fun and a phenomenon called “Pissing people off anywhere anytime” had just started for the band. After the gig, Kshitiz, who was singing for Kottocks, joined the band.
“In 2001, our first ever album, Timi Ke Bhako, was recorded in Rai Ko Ris practise room. It was really raw a lot of early ’80s punk/hardcore influences are reflected in the album. We had to spend only Rs.200 to record that, and the recording was finished in just a day. We had one of the crappiest sounds ever, but the songs we recorded were some of our best. That’s what we think,” Vishal boastfully says.
“Back then, we had nothing to prove to anyone. We had perform in so few shows and we had not much of any background. So it was easy for us in some ways. We just wanted to create a rag-hanney music, just to have fun, make people irritated, dang-dung type of loud noise,” Sushil tries to explain. “We didn’t even know how to play our instruments properly.. hahaha,” Vishal adds again.
The second album “Chup Laga Timi” (which had Dhiraj Rai on the album cover) was recorded totally live at Studio 2000. “We had to record a song for Music Isles 2 compilation and were given a whole day for the song. After finishing the song in 2 hours flat, we recorded 13 other songs live in another hour, or maybe it was two,” informed Anil. “We made a huge mistake while recording “Ladai” for the comp. But no one noticed. Haha. One of the advantages of playing original music! But we think we played far better in the first album than in the second album. Chup Laga Timi was simple, hard and really fast. We took a lot of time for the second one. The first one has a lot more variety and ramailo-ness.”
The originators of Ramailo-core thus speak out: We started this band with one reason – to piss and rag people while we have fun doing it. Rag hanna lai nai form gareko ho. All of my friends were really good at playing their instruments and I wanted to piss them off with my style of playing. Babbal ramailo. We play what we like to play and that’s the most important thing. Everyone should do that.. make a choice to sing and play what and how one likes… jasto garey pani huncha ki hudaina.. ramailo huncha ki hudaina..
“There’s a huge politics in punk scene these days. It’s really rigid confined and narrow-minded. There’re lot of theories and statements, which we never want to follow. Anti-corporation, Anarchism, ke ke.. We hate the preachy mentality of a lot of punk rock these days. That makes people very intolerant, and intolerance was never meant to be a part of punk. Punk rock to us is about doing your own thing, thinking for yourself. We may not agree with someone’s ideologies but we don’t tell them “you’re wrong.” We have a lot of friends who don’t share our ideologies and we’ll play with anyone, regardless of whether we share the same philosophies or not.”
The band has been doing everything on their own since Day 1 – from organizing gigs to distributing albums. Vishal, along with Subel of Tom, Dick & Harry, have their own record label called Hamro Records Ramro Records. “People either hate our band or love our band. There is no middle path. We’ve always had a wicked sense of humor, and people who don’t understand us hate us and we’ve offended quite a lot of people. We’ve never tried to imitate foreign punk bands. We may share the same ideologies, but we know what works here and what doesn’t. We have our own take on what happens in this country, and we relate ourselves to that.”
Sushil muses on, “… Music matters the least, the people playing it matters. We matter. Why what and how we play, that matters. What kind of fun you are seeking, it all matters and then only the music matters.”
Their third album, which is as yet untitled, will have a change in sound. Vishal explains, “We still have our basic sound, but this time we’ve brought together a lot of our influences, which isn’t just hardcore or punk rock. There’s ska, there’s reggae and rap too. As usual, it’s going to be a ramailo album which everyone must listen. We have even improved our playing skills a little.” Sushil interrupts, ‘”And the recording will be cheap and will be recorded in the best studio of Nepal..hahaha.”