BRENDAN CANTY, PLEASE PRODUCE MORE RECORDS! TIME IS FIRE, PLEASE MAKE MORE RECORDS!! Ripping Sufi-punk from DC, the literal soundtrack for the largest civil rights protests in U.S. history!!
Legal citizen bending down at the station,
We don’t care we declare
His shadow longer than his hope
We don’t care, we have declared.
And all the pink tiles will speak to us one day when we lay with them face to face
Piece by piece, we all will make peace
And we send the boys, down the railroads throwing stones,
At in incoming strangers
Throwing stones at incoming strangers
Fences built wider than imagination more violent than screeching of keys against
stations that kept us apart I know you were there when they tore us apart.
Bloodier than shooting in a synagogue, or a church, or a school, or it could be
any place. I know my faith in human, and their guns, we don’t care we have
It’s a shattering feeling that I have inside it’s like
Its hundred degrees below love,
Every minute of my time.
Its hundred degrees below love every minute of my time.
Magnets losing intensity, transforming into shapes that numbness alludes when
you’re shut down inside. I know you all like me are shut down inside. I imagine it
to be shape of a diamond with sharp edges piercing through clouds of our
judgments, bleeding through your cosmic senses that we all are fundamentally
All desires shall be reached before perception. All desires shall be preached
through invasion. World is smaller than you think we are bigger than we seem
said the man in charge. We are smaller than we think world is bigger than it
seems said the man in charge.
Washington DC’s Time is Fire barrels into the future on their new album “In Pieces,” a blistering mix of rhythm, noise, and protest.
The band’s debut full-length release (out on Electric Cowbell/Insect Fields) captures the quintet's signature sound, which has been described as “Sufi punk,” “weird world,” and “dance punk.” Produced and recorded by Brendan Canty (Rites of Spring, Fugazi, Messthetics), the album’s nine tracks build on Time Is Fire’s energetic live shows, which have garnered praise from critics at NPR, the Washington Post and Washington City Paper.
Beneath the record’s polyrhythmic beats and psychedelia is a potent feeling of resistance against authoritarian forces on the rise across the globe, from Tehran to DC.
“Our mission as a band is to snap people out of their fear,” says Kamyar Arsani, the band’s Iranian-born vocalist and lyricist. “The dance element is there to get people out of their seats and moving. And then the lyrics point toward new ways of thinking, feeling and changing our world.”
The band drives that approach home on their new single “We Declare,” a throbbing slice of dance-punk and dueling guitars over which Arsani relates firsthand accounts of police brutality and gun violence.
Born in Tehran, Arsani grew up studying classical Persian music while listening to Western rock, which, as he told the Washington Post, “had the same protest energy that I heard on the streets.”
Arsani left Iran during the country's thwarted Green Revolution, settling in DC, where a spontaneous jam session sparked a new collaboration with guitarist Matt Perrone and drummer Jim Thomson (GWAR, Alter Natives, Bio Ritmo). The band’s lineup now features the guitar pyrotechnics of Jeff Barsky (Insect Factory, Mock Identity) and bassist Kai Filipczak. Their collective, improvisational songwriting draws from several lifetimes of playing across punk, experimental, and dance music.
The band’s “roots-to-the-future” approach comes to the fore on “River” a churning dub-noise track. The song’s hallucinatory coda adds guest artist Arsen Sumbatyan, a master of the duduk-- an ancient Armenian wind instrument.
The album’s closing track “Impossible Nights” features the haunting vocals of Christina Marie, chanteuse for the Turkish dream-pop band Yeni Nostalji. The song’s final chorus “Divane shanidam man” -- translated from Farsi as roughly “they call you crazy”-- is the band’s message of solidarity to the world’s misfits, outcasts, rebels and revolutionaries and all those who dream of a better, brighter, weirder tomorrow.
Includes 5 bonus tracks of "We Declare Inversions (Victor Rice Dubbies)" World-renowned dubmeister Victor Rice reimagines the track 'We Declare.' This whirling slice of dance-punk delivers a potent mix of unremitting rhythm, psychedelic rock and no-wave experimentation forged by trailblazers like A Certain Ratio, Gang of Four, and Liquid Liquid.
released February 28, 2020
Kamyar Arsani - vocals, daf
Kai Filipczak - bass
Matthew Perrone - guitar
Jeff Barsky - guitar
Jim Thomson - drums, percussion
Chad Clark makes music in four dimensions. Please Advise offers a somewhat compact, yet still very outsized, version of his vision by virtue of its EP length. But walking around its dimensions, full of unknown colors and textures, I keep finding corners that lead to other rooms. Lars Gotrich