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Digital Suicide Release New Single

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Assam-based protest pop trio Digital Suicide recently released their fourth single, '#NOSTATENOREST', featuring quirky yet intuitive lyrics incorporated into a pop groove. We spoke to front man Daniel Langthasa about the new single, and the band's talks with record labels for an album and music video release. 
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Assam-based protestpop outfit Digital Suicide recently released their single ‘#NOSTATENOREST’, featuring quirky lyrics and satirical pop songwriting. The trio from Haflong are looking forward to releasing a slew of singles this year, with a music video and an album in the talks. “We have had a few record labels contact us,” frontman Daniel Langthasa told us, “But, we are not too sure if we will be doing that. We are currently in talks with Impahl Talkies and Giant Leap Records who wanted to do an album with us. But, the thing is we don’t want to record an album right now, and we plan on reocrding on the go and release music every week or two. And then, maybe do a compilation and select some songs and do an album, perhaps at the end of the year.” The band’s latest single features the outfit coming back together after a hiatus and penning down songs a lyrics with political inclinations, talking about insurgency and terrorism that infects this small district in Assam. “Our songs don’t have any real propaganda based agenda or anything,” Daniel said, “But we wanted a record to be there where people are actually talking about these conditions. Any other way, and people would probably not pay attention, but we are using this [music] medium so that we can express what is really on our minds.”

Notoriously famous for staying averse to studios and high production values, Digital Suicide recorded ‘#NOSTATENOREST’ with a bunch of mics hooked up to a laptop, keeping the organic feel of the music intact using simple tools available to them. As Daniel puts it, “Too many artists nowadays are focused more on production than anything else.” “When we jam and compose,” Daniel told us, “It is generally at a friends place, or sometimes in a jam room, and that is the most organic manner of doing it and we come up with most of our ideas there. But, when we go to a studio, its all structured and stuff; it doesn’t work. See, now that we have our laptop and soundcard, its very portable and easy. And our hometown being small and the weather being nice we can really go around an record anywhere.”

For the time being, Digital Suicide plan on releasing singles at fairly regular intervals. But the thought of an album seems to be a while away. At the moment the trio plan to play and write more music in their hometown, and work toward building a music scene from the ground up. “When I was in school,” Daniel told us, “There were six or seven bands, so it was a buzzing scene. I wouldn’t call it a ‘scene’ like you would. There was no fame or anything, but people were just happy to get their hands on instruments and play. Then it stopped for a long time since all this insurgency trouble started. So, I was in Guwhati for a long time and decided to come back to Haflong, because we wanted to play as much music in our hometown as we could. So that we can actually start a scene. Not just play music but also interatct with like minded youngsters who are into music and encourage them. And, I’m sure with technology like the internet a lot of things can happen.”

Stream '#NOSTATENOREST' by Digital Suicide below:

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