Sarfaad is a modern math metalcore outfit hailing from the underbelly of the grimy suburban Bombay, India. Sarfaad, literally means splitting of the head (in Hindi) and it is the band’s core essence to deliver a background score to that. With heavy breakdowns and riffs with an attitude, Sarfaad’s lyrical aggression coupled with pounding drums, they are a sonic revolution. Sarfaad believes in existing on the fringes of genres. The band derives its musical influences from late hardcore, mathcore, and metalcore and mixes newer sounds from genres like hip hop, dub, and prog.
The first offering from the Sarfaad camp came in the form of ‘Painting a Villain’ aptly titled so, it talks about the delicate issue of radicalization. Through the eyes of pop culture, the recent upsurge in the Anti-Hero narrative of things makes us empathize with a negative element of the society. Today we have quotes flying around the internet donning the images of an antagonist questioning the morals of our society. Flash frame of real-life gets blurry within the consumption of media and we often tend to forget that this problem of radicalization is very real.
Filled with the signature unrelenting aggression one expects from a Sarfaad track, DOG DAYS turns a new leaf on the sonic catalog for the band. Laced with all the external influences that the band utilizes in their songwriting there are elements of hip hop and electronic music featured in the track the band takes a step towards what they call as ‘Nu-metalcore’.
According to frontman Arbaaz Khan, the track goes on to explore the idiom of dog days while seeing the constant decline of the world we live in. It does not dive into selfish pessimism but resonates with a war-cry that revolves around the world to oppose this state of stagnation thus existing in a constant state of decay and bloom. Encapsulating the essence of the song, guitarist Sushant Vohra, who also doubles up as the bands driving creative force put together scathing visuals that show this decay and bloom.