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Blunderware was formed on a winter’s evening on the month of January 2009, when two old friends, guitarist Mushfiq Hasan (of Chittagong metal band Act of Defiance) and singer/songwriter Rushnaf Wadud (also guitarist of powerpop and punk band Stitch, based in New Delhi, India) were taking a walk through Chittagong’s GEC Circle. They were always musically inclined, but as the years would have it, no musical project had ever taken place between the two friends. That night, though, it was a different matter altogether. They had successfully written a whole song from scratch together, and it sounded much more than just brilliant in their ears. It was a new sound, a new alternative to the contemporary music, both mainstream and underground. It was folk and not folk, rock yet not rock, pop yet not pop, soul but still slightly earthly. And on that walk, they decided that it was going to be an acoustic duet lineup, just the two of them with their guitars, and they were going to be called … Blunderware, since they were so human, so full of everyday blunders. The song’s name was, very aptly, “Afim Chaash”.

But the band had to grow in number if it had to thrive. Soon, Salman Zahir (bass, Act of Defiance) and Syed Wadud (drums, Act of Defiance/Effigy) joined Blunderware on their respective instruments, and the band became a quartet, with Rushnaf handling guitar duties as well. Blunder (as the band is affectionately called) played a handful of shows in Chittagong Well Food Center, namely the second Adda concert. They were on to Dhaka then, where they joined in on the Wireless Sessions 2009 at D’Pavement, Dhanmondi, to some good reviews, especially for Afim Chaash.

By the time they got their first offer to work in a mixed album, the band (except for drummer Syed Wadud) had shifted base to Dhaka, and on the eve of the first day of their recording Afim Chaash for the recently released mixed album from Gaanchil, Aashor (A Rock Compilation), they enlisted the service of then band manager Moktadir Dewan Shanto (who was the co-ordinator/producer of compilation itself) as the second guitarist of the band, in a move to let Rushnaf concentrate on his singing only. Shanto left his other band Old School to concentrate more on Blunderware along with the rest of the band. Then and there, in a random street in Uttara, the Blunder line-up was complete.

The song recorded finally, garnered quite a lot of appraisal in the Dhaka underground scene. Interspersed between Rushnaf’s stints in India, where he studies English literature and Journalism, Blunderware performed in just a couple of shows in Dhaka; The World Cup kickoff event at Cofi 11, Banani in June 2010; and in the recent Rockaholic gig at Cuppa Coffee Club in Gulshan, where, to their surprise, they had the crowd singing along to the lyrics of Afim Chaash. They have been covered by the Daily Star supplement Rising Stars as one of the hot new bands in town, and have been interviewed on air at Radio Foorti, Chittagong.

Blunderware is currently recording their new track “Moshari’r Ei Din Raatri” for an undisclosed mixed album, and composing other songs for what they think will be their own debut album in the near future. The other songs they have composed so far are “Maagh (Megh)”, “Patai Patai Aka Ghuri”, “Gouro” “Softly Touch” and “Changing the World to take a better look at Yourself”. Except for that, they are at the moment busy sleeping, eating, living (some earning that living!), and of course, getting fat.


Other links:
Official Facebook Artist Page - www.facebook.com/blunderware
Reverbnation Page - http://www.reverbnation.com/blunderware

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