Time Is Fire - EP

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Time Is Fire is a music group from Washington DC. The band indirectly originates from the DC punk scene by influence and residence but explodes the signature sound of the nation's capital with a high-energy mix of Afro-disco, Mid Eastern-psychedelia and spaced-out dub. Produced and recorded by Fugazi/Rites of Spring drummer Brendan Canty, Time is Fire's debut and self-titled EP transcends mainstream influences and incorporates strong global and experimental-fusion elements into their often psychedelic and funk-inflected music. A static blast of experimental radio from an imaginary country.

Time is Fire came together in late 2014 through a series of chance encounters crossing music scenes, generations and continents. Iranian daf player and Sufi poet, Kamyar Arsani, attended a loft party where drummer Jim Thomson (CSC Funk Band, Bio Ritmo, GWAR, Alter Natives) and guitarist Matt Perrone (Alma Tropicalia) were debuting several instrumental tunes that mixed pancultural rhythms with post-punk aggression. Arsani, who grew up in Tehran listening to western rock and Persian music, instantly connected with the sound. A one-off jam session was scheduled with bassist Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation, GoGoGo Airheart) who had been talking with Thomson about their shared love of bands like Public Image Ltd and The Pop Group. Initially, the band seemed destined to continue as an instrumental project. But in a moment of kraut rock improvisation, Arsani grabbed a microphone and began singing over the band's raucous funk groove. Within minutes the four piece had written its first song and Time is Fire was born.

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released November 20, 2015

Matthew Perrone - Guitars
Kamyar Arsani - Voice
Ashish Vyas - Bass
Jim Thomson - Drums & Percussion

All songs written and arranged by Time Is Fire
Poems by Kamyar Arsani
Recorded, Engineered, and Mixed by Brendan Canty
in Washington, DC, 2015
Produced by Brendan Canty and Time Is Fire.
Mastered by Frank Tim Donovan.

©2015 Electric Cowbell Records. ECR717
Published by Newtown Creek Jams (BMI)

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Track Name: Violence (Brings Violence)
I heard a drunk man outside
Not treating his woman right
In his voice there was sorrow
In her face
Fear for tomorrow
So i called upon his darkened soul
His heart had already gone too cold
He forgot about the only truth of the universe that implies
Joy brings Joy
Violence brings Violence
As you can see
All men are falling
As you can hear
Women are crying
What has become
Of our species
seems to me we have
Lost touch with humanity
Sanity, respecting and loving
And teaching to be free
Come closer darling
I mean you no harm
I know they touched you
Karma knows it too now
We all have seen them
We all know the truth
Joy brings Joy
Violence brings Violence
I heard a wild man outside
His mind has fallen behind time
He was stuck in ancient times
He forgot about human rights
So I called upon his darkened soul
His heart had already gone too cold
He forgot about the only truth of the universe that implies
Joy brings Joy
Violence brings Violence
As you can see
All men are falling
As you can hear
Women are crying
What has become
Of our species
seems to me we have
Lost touch with humanity
Sanity, respecting and loving
And teaching to be free
Come closer darling
I mean you no harm
I know they touched you
Karma knows it too now
We all have seen them
We all know the truth
They cant run away
We all have seen them
We all know the truth
They can’t run away because
Joy brings Joy
Violence brings Violence
Track Name: 100 Pieces
Before you close your eyes
Let me tell you something
Before they crush my dreams
Let me hold you some more
Let me sing life to you
Clouds taking over our land
Metal birds are all flying around
We dance blood to their harmonies
Lovers gone lost never to be found
Lovers gone lost never to be found
Hundred pieces of you
Running through the air
Hundred pieces of you
That I can not, I can not put together
Before you close your eyes
Let me tell you something
Before they crush my dreams
Let me hold you some more
Let me sing life to you
Oh their bullets are bigger than our hearts
But our love is stronger than their guns
We dance blood to their harmonies
They play us the death song
They play us the death song
Hundred pieces of you
Running through the air
Hundred pieces of you
That I cannot, cannot out together
Track Name: Fetneh
از معناى حضورت، در جمع مستان
چه حاصل كردى تو، چه حاصل كردى تو
فقط به خاطر تو ، به خاطر خشم تو
به خاطر كوچكى ات چند عاشق دادى به باد
فقط به خاطر تو ، به خاطر مال تو
براى مرگ عشق چند باغ ويران كردى تو
تو بگو به من اى فتنه ويرانگر
از مرگ دنيا تو را چه حاصل

بر سفره ما جز مرگ، بر سفره ما جز ترس
بر سفره ما جز اسيد
چه اوردى اى فتنه ويرانگر
تو را من ميبينم در اعماق آتش
در همين دنيا هزاران بار ميسوزى
و تمام صورت ها، تمام بدن ها
تمام زنان و كودكان تو را نفرين ميكنند
تو بگو به من اى فتنه ويرانگر
از مرگ دنيا تو را چه حاصل؟
Track Name: Part Time Gods
Melodies in our hearts
Distractions in our minds
Play your song
And we'll dance all the way
And if you get lost
It’s because you assumed
All dreams you’ve had
are impossible thoughts
and if you get hurt
or hurt another soul
open your heart
and let go of your fears
and if you far from your truth
look within love is the only way
and somethings are meant to stay
and somethings will go away
realms of unknown oceans of love
rivers of life
you are nothing but a god
mountains of hope
oceans of love
rivers of live
you are nothing but a god
And when you hold the world in your hands
You see that we are the same kind
And if you get close to your enemies
Hold their hands and walk them along
And if you get hurt
Or hurt another soul
Open your mind
It’ll take you far away
And if you thought your dreams won’t come true
Never doubting is the only way
Somethings are meant to stay
And some things will go way
Realms of unknown
Oceans of love
Rivers of life
You are nothing but a god
Mountains of hope
Oceans of love
Rivers of life
You are nothing but a god