Full Name- Strings
Origin- Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Genres- pop rock and alternative rock
Years Active- 1988-1992 & 1999-Present
Labels- EMI, Fire Records and Sony BMG
Associated Acts- Euphoria, Hariharan, Sagarika and Atif Aslam
Web Page- www.stringsonline.net
Members- Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood
Past Members- Rafiq Wazir Ali and Kareem Basheer Bhoy
Strings are a rock and pop band based in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is an internationally acclaimed band that has a made a niche for itself over the years for its unique style of music.
Early Life & Background
Strings, the band, was formed by four college students who were great music buffs. They wanted to create something unique by mixing various genres of music and give a new dimension to music.
Bilal Maqsood (vocals and guitar), Faisal Kapadia (vocals), Rafiq Wazir Ali (synthesizer) and Kareem Bashir Bhoy (bass guitars) were those college students who started the band in 1988. However, the band was discontinued in 1992 with members having personal differences. Nevertheless, all members reached a common opinion later and the band was restarted in 1999.
During the initial days of the band, it was riding high on the surging popularity of the Pakistani pop music and their second coming made a new wave in the music industry of Pakistan.
The band tasted success in 1990 itself when a major music company EMI Records signed it and according to the contract, the first album Strings was released and was a major success. Since then they have not looked back and continued to produce high quality rock and pop music.
After the band came together in 1999, an album called Duur was released and it reestablished the band on the Pakistani pop music. Even the album Dhaani was a thumping hit in 2003. One song caught the frenzy of music buff from the same album 'Na Jaane Kyun' and it was such a success that it was used as a soundtrack in the Hollywood movie, Spider Man-2.
Later Years (2007-2010)
Strings continued on with success and in fact success came easily to it especially after the band was discontinued in 1992. In 2008, the band came up with their fifth album, 'Koi Ane Wala Hai' and was a huge hit in India and Pakistan. The songs from the album Akhri Alvida and Zinda Hun were used in bollywood movies 'Shootout at Lokhandwala' and 'Zinda'.
In November, 2009 Strings released its music video titled 'Titliyan' and it did very well on the music charts of India and Pakistan.