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Overload (Urdu: اورلوڈ) is a Pakistani rock band from Lahore, formed in 2003. The group is directed by producer, lead vocalist and drummer, Farhad Humayun and keys/synth player, songwriter and composer, Sheraz Siddiq, who were soon joined by Hassan Mohyeddin on percussion along with dhol players Pappu Sain and Jhura Sain. The band is widely regarded by many critics as being the "Loudest band in Pakistan".
Since their inception, the band has released two studio albums and two live albums. The band released their debut self-titled album Overload in December, 2006. The album charted at the top in the local Pakistani music charts and singles from the album included instrumentals "Dhamaal", "Cursed" and "Storm". After the release of the album, Pappu Sain, regarded as the greatest dhol player in the world, left the band due to ill health and was replaced by Nasir Sain.
In 2008, due to the success of the band’s debut album, their single "Dhamaal" got nominated for the "Best Music Video" award at the Lux Style Awards. The band soon afterwards, recruited vocalist Meesha Shafi, who was spotted by Humayun at a college musical event, along with Humayun’s cousin Mahmood Rahman on lead guitar. This was followed by the band releasing their second studio album, Pichal Pairee, in 2009. Although, the album released exclusively as a digital download album, and has not been released on a physical medium, it still topped the charts locally. Singles from the album, "Pichal Pairee", "Mela Kariyay" and "Dhol Bajay Ga!" were critical hits. In an online poll by Dawn News the band's video for their single, "Pichal Pairee", was voted as the third best music video of 2010.
In 2011, vocalist Meesha (née Rahman) and Mahmood Rahman left the band over a dispute with Farhad Humayun on the song "Dhol Bajat Ga!" which was later released as "Batti" with Humayun's vocals. Followed by, Humayun taking over as the permanent vocalist and also being theDiscography
Pichal Pairee (2009)
Pichal Pairee Tour 2009 (2009)
Overload Live at the Apartment Sessions (2011)
Farhad Humayun - drums, vocals
Sheraz Siddiq - keyboards/Samplers/Synth Bass
Collaborations with Other Artists:
Nasir Sain - dhol
Kaala Sain - dhol
Farhan Ali - bass guitar
Haider Hashmi - guitar
Ustaad Allah Lok - pakhawaj
Jaffer Hussain - clarinet
Shahzad Hameed - guitar
Umair Nadeem - guitar
Collaborations - Past
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan Vocals
Mekaal Hassan - guitar
Hassan Mohyeddin - percussions
Pappu Sain - dhol
Jhura Sain - dhol
Mahmood Rahman - guitar
Meera "Meesha" Rahman - vocals, backing vocals
Overload won the 'Best Live Act Award' at the Lux Style Awards 2006.
"Dhamaal" was nominated for the 'Best Music Video' at the Lux Style Awards 2008.
Overload were nominated for the 'Best Music Artist' award at the Lux Style Awards 2010 for their album Pichal Pairee.
Farhad Humayun was nominated for the 'Best Music Producer' for "Pichal Pairee" & for the 'Best Music Video Director' for Mela Kariyay drummer of the band.