The Battle of the Bands which was staged by Pepsi Pakistan almost three months back has finally narrowed down to the last two competitors, Aarish and Auj, from whom one will be the winner of season four.
To win over the audience for one last time, the two bands presented their case in episode 7 of the battle. The jury has taken these two bands here through this entire journey but now it’s up to the fans to decide who will win this game of thrones.
There were two rounds in the last episode. In the first one, the bands performed their originals and in the second one, they performed covers.
Aarish took the first step in the battlefield and performed their most favorite original titled ‘Umeed’. The jury praised the band and said they couldn’t wait to listen to their album in the future.
Auj’s responded with equal force and performed their most favorite original ‘Raat’. The jury was absolutely mesmerized by the band, with Meesha Shafi giving them a standing ovation. Special praise went to the vocalist Abdul Rehman, who also wrote the song. Fawad Khan called him a ‘diamond in the rough’, whereas Bilal Maqsood thought we were seeing Auj in their ‘full glory’ and urged the audience to vote for them.
In the second round, the bands possibly faced their biggest challenges ever. They had to cover the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s songs.
Aarish chose Khan sahab’s Halka Halka Suroor. They even incorporated spoken word and fused it with electronic dance music (EDM) to add different layers to the song.
Auj returned fire with a high voltage in the form of Khan Sahab’s Sanware. The band’s unique blend of hard rock riffs and electronic elements brought a groovy, intoxicating flavor to the iconic song. The judges felt they should release an extended version and massively praised the performance.
Then both the bands paid respect to the jury and talked about how their criticism and judgement has helped them evolve along the journey.
The winner of Pepsi Battle of the Bands season four will receive Rs50 lac cash prize, an album contract, concerts all over Pakistan and lifetime royalties of original tracks performed during the show. The runner-up will win Rs25 lac and an album contract.
While the winner will be announced in final episode which is to be aired on 24 August 2019, in between the voting lines are open for the audience to vote for their favourite band.
To vote your favourite band:
SMS AA to 8355 for Aarish
SMS AU to 8355 to Auj
Or Log on to www.pepsibattleofthebands.com
Or Download the Pepsi Battle of the Bands app on the phone
Voting lines will be closed on August 18th Sunday 11:59 PM.