“*From a Good Family," Doctors & Engineers's energetic debut, celebrates South Asian diasporic experience in America by re-imagining “Desi” film and folk songs as psychedelic, garage punk, alongside originals inspired by the band’s own hyphenated identities. Mishthi Music, a blog about music of the South Asian diaspora, premiered their hard-hitting punk tribute to vintage Bollywood, “Karle Pyar Karle (Love Imperative)” on the “Good Girls Marry Doctors” mixtape as a must-hear “voice of South Asian female rebellion.”
Comprised of five songs in four languages - Tamil, Gujarati, Hindi, and English - the EP ranges from psychedelic prog rock such as the band’s original, “Resident Alien,” to raucous, folk-instinctive metalcore such as “Mahisagar Ni Aare (The Mahisagar Swing).” The EP was produced by Los Angeles punk veteran, David O. Jones (Alice Bag, The Deadbeats, Carnage Asada) direct-to-tape at Wasatch Studios, for a warm and gritty, analog sound reminiscent of the American 60’s and 70’s.
released November 12, 2016
Produced, recorded direct-to-tape, mixed, and mastered analog by David O. Jones and Doctors & Engineers at Wasatch Studios in Mar Vista, California.
"Resident Alien" composed by Doctors & Engineers.
Songs arranged by Doctors & Engineers:
"Karle Pyar Karle" from Hindi film "Sachaa Jhutha" (1970) composed by Kalyanji-Anandji and Gulshan Bawra. Originally performed by Asha Bhonsle.
"Adi Ennadi Raakkammaa" from Tamil film "Pattikaadu Pattanama" (1972). Music by M.S. Viswanathan. Lyrics by Kannadhasan. Originally performed by T.M. Soundararajan.
"Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki" from Hindi film "Dulari" (1949). Music by Naushad. Lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni. Originally performed by Mohammed Rafi.
"Mahisagar Ni Aare" is a traditional Gujarati garba folk song.
Doctors & Engineers is:
Sri Panchalam: Vocals
Jayson Joseph: Guitar
Azeem M. Khan: Keys, Synth
Sumi Dave: Drumkit, Tambourine on 3, Dandiya on 5
R. Scott Okamoto: Bass on 1 and 2.
David O. Jones: Bass on 3, 4, and 5.