Islamabad, Islāmābād, PAK

Qayaas has been awarded the Best Rock Band, Rock Vocalist & Rock Song in South Asia at IndieGo 2012; Best Global Indie Rock Band at BMM 2012 with over 50 countries competing.These are just some of the accolades the band has earned. Their music is a sense of rebellion and a rallying cry for pathos.


Qayaas literally translated as “deliberation” is not only the name of our band but the essence that encapsulates the entire philosophy behind our music. The idea or feeling taking birth in one band member’s mind is developed and brought to fruition by collective deliberation or Qayaas by the whole band.

There can be many ways to describe Qayaas. A rock band that aspires to stay true to the essence of Rock & Roll spearheaded by two renegade rockers Khurram Waqar and Umair Jaswal. Qayaas is an embodiment of the vision, passion and dreams of these two individuals. Its own brand of rebellion and at a certain level a battle; that of art against profit, the few against the many, creativity against conformity. However one may choose to describe it, Qayaas is ultimately anchored to the artistic bond, the camaraderie and the shared vision of two people; Khurram and Umair. In their musical journey together, Khurram and Umair have been joined by good friends and some fine musicians and together they gave some truly memorable performances and gained accolades at a regional as well as global level including their win at IndieGo Awards as the Best Rock Band in South Asia, Best Rock Vocalist and Best Rock Song and BMM Global Rock Band of the Year. There can be no denying however that “Uss Paar” their critically acclaimed album is the product of the proverbial blood, sweat and tears of these two warriors, Umair and Khurram. Not that the accolades or the fan following ever encumbered their journey of discovering the infinite possibilities of their art and pushing the limits of what music can achieve. From here onwards, the other musicians that constitute the band may change for it may not always be realistic to expect others to live by the same unequivocal devotion and zealous motivation of Khurram and Umair. Unlike many others, they do not seek to be successful merely in the commercial sense of the word rather finding gratification in having stayed true to the spirit of their art. Honestly believing that their best is yet to come, they’ve set out to record their second album. The blitzkrieg of ideas and inspiration they find themselves amidst, there exists enough material for a third and possibly a fourth album. Eva Dowd, their international publicist, is dedicated to taking the band’s music globally to fans yet to be discovered and uncovered.

Our music tends to explore emotions, specific moments, certain relationships and particular events which resonate powerfully as we try to understand ourselves and the world around us. We do not aim to have a large body of musical compositions but only put through quality pieces governed by unique ideas and techniques. Each melody is a different journey, starting with something personal and then refining it to create a certain mood. As a whole, Qayaas is an accumulation of musicians from quite diverse backgrounds. All members have been, and still are, part of various other projects that serve as a vent for musical expression.

Qayaas was founded by lead guitar player and songwriter Khurram Waqar. It all started when he saw Umair jam with his previous band in his studio and invited him to work on material that he had written. What started out initially as an acoustic EP turned into a full blown album. Their debut album was released on April 16, 2011 in Pakistan. The album is also available online at CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and Napster. The most important thing about the album is that it has been recorded and produced completely by the band. This is at par with any international recording.

We were a part of Coke Studio Season 5 where we collaborated with pop star Atif Aslam for a song "Cahrkha Nolakha". It is the biggest hit of the season so far with almost 1.5 million views.

We bagged the awards for the Best Rock Vocalist, Best Rock Song (Shehrezade), Best Rock Group, a silver award in the category of the Most Mind-blowing Music Video for Pukaar and were voted as the Best Freaking act in the Universe by our peers at the IndieGo awards held in Malaysia in Feb 2012. The awards aim to honor some of the best independent music and bands present in South Asia.

We have recently won the JD Award for the best rock band from Pakistan 2010. The awards were hosted by Jack Daniels and Rolling Stones Magazine,India. We performed in New Delhi at The Hard Rock Cafe on December 16, 2010 for the JD Rock Awards Tour in front of a packed 800 crowd.

We are the first band from Pakistan to be invited to come and perform at one of the biggest and most prestigious Music Festivals in USA called SXSW (South By Southwest) which takes place every year in Austin, Texas.

Our song “Inquilaab” recently made it to the Semi Finals of International Songwriting Competition (ISC) out of 15,000 entries from all over the globe.

We were the most played band with our song “Mera Wana“ on the METAL ASIA COMPILATION 2010 which included all Asian metal bands.

Our songs “Inquilaab” and “Pal” have b


Cut My Wings

Written By: Umair Jaswal

Verse 1:
Far and away
Lost and betrayed
In your lies walking endless days...

Tied up again
No one to blame
In this guilt drowning everyday

Verse 2:
Grow and decay ..
Screaming away..
In my rage shaking up this cage...

Kneel and obey
Feel and repay
In my shame ...I’m buying endless pain...

Let the demon in marching again..
Cut my wings let me fall in again...
Let the shadows come take me away....

Let the demon in marching again..
Cut my wings let me fall in again...
Let the shadows come take me away....


Qayaas Debut Album “Uss Paar” Track Listing

1. Uss Paar
2. Inquilaab
3. Halaak
4. Shehrezade
5. Pal
6. Umeed
7. Charkha
8. Ishq
9. Teray Liye
10. Monsoon
11. Pukaar
12. Tanha
13. Mera Wana

Set List

1. Intro Jam
2. Shehrezade
3. Inquilab
4. Ishq
5. Umeed
6. Charkha
7. Halaak
8. Uss Paar