Best known for their fun, headbanging covers of pop and traditional songs, New Delhi–based Indian folk-metal band Bloodywood have been focusing on their own original music over the last couple years. One of their aims is to always present positive messages with their music — from the uplifting "Jee Veerey" to the exuberant "Machi Bhasad (Expect a Riot)." Their latest single, "Yaad," follows suit, celebrating the universal human experience of love and loss through a moving story of a man and man's best friend.
"'Yaad' — Hindi for 'remember' or 'in memory' — is about the power of accepting the loss of a loved one and moving on," says Bloodywood's guitarist and founder Karan Katiyar. "The lyrics celebrate the permanent impact they have on us, reiterating the belief that we carry them in our best memories, no matter how far apart we may be. I lost my dog 10 years ago and I still feel the loss to this day. I wanted the video to show the bond between a man and his dog to highlight its message."
In the spirit of the song and video, Bloodywood recently funded the purchase of an animal ambulance for a local nonprofit animal shelter called The Posh Foundation. The organization's previous vehicle needed to be replaced due to to overuse and breakdowns. The new ambulance, which could help save the lives of over 27,000 homeless animals in the National Capital Region of India over the next five years, was purchased using the profits from the band's 2019 debut tour of Europe — cleverly named the Raj Against the Machine Tour — and through their crowdfunding page on Patreon. The group are set to return to Europe this summer — see dates below.
Bloodywood European festival dates:
07/08 @ Bloodstock Festival - Derby, UK
08/09 @ Alcatraz Festival (Swamp Stage) - Kortrijk, BE
08/14 @ Reload Festival - Sulingen, DE
08/15 @ Summer Breeze Open Air - Dinkelsbühl, DE