Watch The Wanton Bishops and Swarathma join forces

Witness the inspired collaboration between the Lebanese blues band and the Indian folk fusionists.
By Glen Ferris

The past few months have been quite the ride for Lebanese blues hounds The Wanton Bishops. Not only have they been getting international acclaim for their boot-stomping debut album, Sleep With The Lights On, but they’ve also been trotting the globe – from Austria to some upcoming shows in Austin – introducing the world to their gloriously down ’n’ dirty garage revival sound.

One such stop off to play aboard the Red Bull Tour Bus in India resulted in an unexpectedly fruitful collaboration as Beirut’s favourite sons, Nader Mansour and Eddy Ghossein, teamed up with the Bangalore-based folk-fusionists Swarathma to write and record a track in just 24 hours.

The result is the cross-cultural confluence, Lay It On Me – and you can check it out for yourself in the player above.

You can also see how the two bands melded their unique styles in the exclusive behind-the-scenes video below.

“Swarathma don’t play traditional folk music, they’re doing something really different,” says Nader, of their Indian associates. “When we met them we had a day to write and record the music we made together, it was quite a fast deal.

“We had to be really focussed – we did it in one f**king take man, it was incredible.”

"The concept of the song is quite simple: you do not have to go through the trials and tribulations of this world alone," says Swarathma's bassist Jishnu Dasgupta. "Working with The Wanton Bishops was even easier as we agreed on most of the ideas we discussed and thankfully we're all happy with the song that came out."

The alliance has now whet The Wanton Bishops' appetite for more collaboration: “I have a dream that we could roam the world meeting different bands from different countries making all kinds of music together,” say Nader. “We’d call it the Troubadour Sessions or something.”

More from The Wanton Bishops here.

More from Swarathma here.

Swarathma and The Wanton Bishops
Vasu and Nader finger it out © Red Bull
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