1974 AD Biography | Nepali Band Biography

1974 AD Biography:

1974 AD is a Nepali rock band, formed in Kathmandu, Nepal in the early 1990s. They experiment with various genres of music including traditional Nepali folk music and western rock music, blues, and jazz using a combination of native and western instruments.

1974 AD is amongst the most successful recording artists in Nepal. Most of their albums are ranked amongst the top-ten best-selling albums according to Hits FM of Nepal. In 2000, their concert, ‘Rock Yatra,’ was watched by more than 60,000 people, the largest attendance for a concert in Nepal.

Songs and albums produced by 1974 AD and usually in the Nepali language. Lyrics include themes of patriotism, Nepali virtues, unity, love, and nationalism. There is a lot of variety in the music of 1974 AD. They have successfully tried various genres of music. Their songs, like “Nepali Ho,” “Sambodhan,” “Pahilo Junima,” “Parelima,” “Samjhi Baschu,” “Chudaina Timro Mayale” and others, were some of the biggest hits in Nepalese music. The song “Nepali Ho” from their highest selling album Satabdi has been received as the most patriotic commercial song till date.

1974 AD Band Members:

  • Phiroj Shyanden: Vocals & Guitars
  • Adrian Pradhan: Vocals & Drums
  • Nirakar Yakthumba: Bass & Backing Vocals
  • Manoj Kumar KC: Guitar, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
  • Sanjay Shrestha: Percussions & Backing Vocals
  • Manose Singh: Flute
1974 AD Biography | Nepali Band Biography

Quick Information:

Band1974 AD
OriginKathmandu, Nepal
GenresBlues-rock, rock & roll, folk, ragas, funk, blues, jazz, hard rock
Years Active1994 - present
Deubt Song"Mayaluley"
Debut Album"Time Out"

1974 AD Music Journey (1994):

The group was formed during the 90s by a group of teachers from Gyanodaya School in Lalitpur, Nepal. The founding members were guitarist Phiroj Shyangden, bassist Nirakar Yakthumba and drummer Bhanu A. During the early days the band played various genres for music like hard rock, heavy metal, rock, and blues.

Drummer Bhanu A was influenced by blues music. When they played cover tunes he sang Gary Moore numbers like “Walking by Myself”. They played several gigs in and around Kathmandu where they covered numbers by Bryan Adams, Deep Purple, and other rock groups. He is also a good guitarist and his bluesy rock style has inspired many guitarists in Nepal. His style has the flavor of guitarists like Gary Moore, Ritchie Blackmore, and Eddie Van Halen.

They mainly performed their own compositions. The hit tune is “Mayalule” from their debut album “Time Out”, established 1974 AD as a household name.

During those years Adrian Pradhan and Sanjay Shrestha were involved in their own bands. Adrian Pradhan used to be in a hard rock band from Kalimpong named “The Flame”. Percussionist Sanjay Shrestha, who used to play the drums for the St Xaviers school band, was involved with the Nepali fusion rock act “Shristi”. Later during the late 90s, Adrian Pradhan joined 1974 AD as their drummer/vocalist after former drummer Bhanu A decided to leave the band. The following year local guitar enthusiast Manoj K.C from Dhobighat, Lalitpur also joined the band and completed the lineup.

Left & Re-Join Phiroj Shyangden 1974AD (2008–2012):

While Manose Singh continues to contribute to the bands newer compositions, given his other musical commitment, Phiroj Shyangden has now exited the band for personal reasons. But the band, now with Adrian on vocals and Sanjay on drums, continues to find a newer sound.

Their new album 8:18 (Aath:Athara) has been received well by the audience. Numbers like Timi Bina, Bardaan, and Rain Song from the album emerged to become a winner. However, the exit of Phiroj Shyangnden, one of the key members of the band and also the most influential guitarist in Nepal was something that severely hit the band’s latest album.

During their historic US tour of 2012, the band reunited with Phiroj for a few songs in their New York concert on April 21, 2012. Band members Nirakar and Sanjay stated in Nepali that Phiroj had “never left 1974 AD, to begin with. He always was and still is a part of them”. They confirmed to various media outlets that the band had reunited again.

In the winter of 2012, Phiroj returned to Nepal and performed in more concerts at St. Xavier’s and in various Nepalese cities with the band. The band even recorded a few songs for their next album. Phiroj is now back in New York and according to him, the album release would coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary in 2014. The album was canceled and after the tour, they went on a 6-year long hiatus from recording songs

#thenewlineup and 9th Album (2016-2019):

After six years of inactivity, 1974AD emerged with new faces to record a new studio album. Adrian Pradhan and Phiroj Shyangden left the band for personal reasons and were replaced by singer Rohit John Chettri and pianist Prajjwal Mukhiya. Additionally, the band added a new horn section with Jacko Wacko and Pratik Baniya in trumpet and trombone, respectively.

They recorded their new album “Hazaar Sapana”, and went on a US tour and on the WAVE ‘Rock The Nation’ Tour to promote the album. The album became a commercial success relative to others in the music industry of Nepal. Shortly after the release of the album, the band released a song titled, ‘Pirai Pir’, recounting the stories of the people who suffered during the massive 2015 earthquake, and describing how they could rise up from the loss.

Nirantarta – 1974ad Reunion with original members (2019-present):

After all the ups and downs in an event titled ‘Nirantarta’, held at Moksh, Jhamshikhel, Kathmandu, Nepal, on 8 July 2019, the band announced the reunion with their original lineup, Phiroj Shyangden, Adrian Pradhan, Manoj Kumar KC, Nirakar Yakthumba and Sanjay Shrestha.

The event had acoustic sets of their originals with four members performing, while Phiroj Shyangden, who is presently at New York joined through skype video call. The band informed us that they will be working on new songs and release their new album, possibly, by the end of 2019. Yakthumba was quoted as saying “We have already started working on a new album. We have so many songs that we are not even sure which to include in the record.”

1974 AD Album and Songs:

Awarded and Nomination:

  • Hits FM Music Award 2000
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Sanmiguel Music Award 2000
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Hits FM Music Award 2002
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Hits FM Music Award 2004
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Image Award 2004
  • Best song with National feelings
  • Hits FM Music Award 2005
  • Best performance by group or duo with vocal
  • Image Award 2005
  • Best Rock song
  • Kantipur FM Annual Award 2001,2002,2003 & 2004
  • Most air played song

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