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Love Runs Blind (LRB) is a Bangladeshi hard rock band, which was started in 1991 by guitarist Ayub Bachchu. LRB originally stood for Little River Band, but this name was taken by an Australian band and the band name was changed to Love Runs Blind."
The original band members of LRB were Ayub Bachchu (Vocals and Lead Guitar), Shahidul Islam Tutul (Keyboard and backup vocals), Joy (Drums), and Shawpan (Bass Guitar). The band members changed several times. The current line-up since 2003 retains Ayub Bachchu (vocals and lead guitar) in the lead role and now includes Masud (Guitar), Swapon (Bass), and Romel (Drums). Shamim Ahamed currently is the band manager. Ayub Bachchu’s western musical idols are Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Richie Blackmore and Brian May. Bachchu also played with Departo in the United Kingdom. Bachchu owns his own music studio and has a reputation for wearing a headdress at concerts
The influence of the western pop music carried over to LRB. LRB uses all of the traditional pop music techniques:
• Instrumentation: Similar to many western pop bands, the band uses guitars, bass and drums. The band does not use traditional Bengali musical instruments such as the sitar, sarod, sarangi, or tabla. This instrument choice provides a western music sound rather than musical motifs of traditional Indian or Bangladeshi music. However, the band does not use an electric keyboard.
• Lyric writing style: As with most pop music, LRB lyrics for a specific song focus on a simple theme. Also, LRB tends to use a strophic or chorus form, where a section the music is repeated, similar to repeated stanzas in poetry. LRB frequently uses a verse-chorus structure, where the chorus serves as a contrast to the verse especially with regards to greater use of instrumentality, and uses a refrain or chorus to repeat a central theme of the song.
• Pop and rock music techniques: LRB uses many of the musical techniques pioneered by earlier western bands. For example, LRB uses phasing and polyrhythms where the same part is played by more than one instrument, either out of or in phase, in order to provide greater musical variety. Bachu is an expert guitarist and has used many rock and roll techniques with his guitar such as Legato, two-handed tapping, sweep-picking, volume swells, harmonics, and extreme whammy effects.
LRB uses theses pop and rock musical techniques to express musical themes of importance to the Bengali populace. Similar to pop groups in other countries, this technique coupled with the guitar skills of Ayub Bachchu led successfully the building of a strong fan base. LRB then attempted to export their interpretation of pop music to Europe and the United States through their international tours.
• Studio Albums:
Ghumanto Shahare (1995)
Amader? Bishmoy! (1998)
Mon Chaile Mon Pabe (2001)
Achena Jibon (2003)
Mone Achhe Naki Nai (2005)
• Live Album:
Ferari Mon... Unplugged Live (1996)
• Compilation Albums:
• Mixed Albums:
Capsule 500 mg (1996)
Screw Drivers (1996)
6 Band '99 (1999)
Hit! Run! Out!
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