Nothing says “heavy” like a giant bird hung around your neck as a metaphor for guilt and remorse. Albatross — the biggest rock band in Nepal — embraces you with heaviness in a different vein. Now entering their 21st year as a going concern, the band — singer Shirish Dali, guitarist Sunny Manandhar, bassist Avaya Bajracharya, and percussionist Kismat Das Shrestha — takes from their influences of metal and grunge a kind of energy that is informed and transformed by a dynamic that’s stronger than most, if only because the mountains that they’ve climbed to get to this point are decidedly higher. But dig they must — and dig you shall, because tonight you’ll also experience the passions of the expatriate Nepali community, one that has clasped Albatross tightly to their collective bosom with a love as thick as their air back home is thin.
Albatross play with Nepcali at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 at the Resident.