Kiosk, Persian Hardcore Blues Band!
Revised: May 24, 2007
Talking about Persian Underground Bands! I listened to Kiosk and
got so impressed that I just had to drop these few lines. Right
out of the bat, let me come out and say that this music is not for
the Brain Drained, Dancing Sheeple (Sheep + People), yet
this music is for the Thinking Minds who understand and cherish
the musical value and Art.
Make no mistake, Kiosk is not another average, same old Iranian
soosool "Bang O Salavat" band, but they are a Heavy
Duty, Hardcore, soul soothing, Guitar Blues Band! Folks, this is
some serious music! If you are ready to Rock, then they will Rock
your soul! Are you ready for them?!
Vocals, and Guitars: Arash
and Works: other fine Persian musicians
To be honest
with you, I had never thought that except a few outcast souls and
myself, any Persian could play, listen to, understand or dig the
Blues! And then came Kiosk! The funny thing is that Persians are
buying the album and they like it! What do you know, there is still
hope for the Persian Music!
If you know
me, then you would know that musically, I am a very picky person
to please, so when I tell you that I recommend this band, then it
means that Kiosk is The Band to listen to! The cover artwork is
magnificent! The Lyrics and Music are creative and simply wonderful.
Bahador's base, rocks the soul. Arash's voice is a deep tired and
guttery blues voice and the guitar style is out there awesome!
Man Album is a Social Criticism, is a Manifestation; furthermore,
it is an Art Piece! This album is a viewpoint from the youth
inside Iran. It is a heavy duty guitar blues with meaningful lyrics
full of political criticism. There is even a Zorba in there, a Malayeri
Zorba! In this album Arash does some fine performance of the Blue
Notes and he even does some Blues Scat Singing!
If Arash plays
his cards right and evolves with the wave, we can hopefully one
day call him "The Persian Eric Clapton"! Arash plays some
fine Funky Malayeri Blues and his voice is that deep dark essence
of the Blues. Bahador's Base is simply fabulous, he plays such deep
low sounding base and the rest of the guys are each like fine pieces
of the puzzle, falling in place.
Arash Sobhani of Kiosk
Down Texas Blues
East Coast Philly Blues
Heavy Guitar Blues
etc. etc. etc.
So how would
I define Kiosk? I would define Kiosk as:
Low Down Funky Bandit Blues!
As an amateur
Blues Musician who writes/arranges music and plays the blues Piano/Keyboards,
I used to play the local clubs in another lifetime and even recorded
some albums, but now I play for my soul. As a musician and a music
lover, I am truly stunned and impressed with Arash and Kiosk! I
simply cannot believe a Persian Band can create such professional
Blues sound! I am writing this article while listening to their
Ordinary Man Album, it is simply delicious! If I was not involved
with so many tasks, and did not have so many jobs, then I would
have gotten in touch with these guys to do a private Jam session
in my private garage studio, together. These guys are simply lovely
and their sound is sweet sound o heavy guitar blues!
If you understand
and appreciate music, are familiar with Blues, and fed up with the
average typical Iranian 6/8 Dance Beat Garbage commercial Singers
and Bands and the whole Persian Garbage Ala Carte Musac Scene, then
by all means here is a breath of fresh air called Kiosk! In the
past came some fine Persian Rock Bands but never ever a Persian
Blues Band! This is something totally new!
It is pretty
obvious that Arash and his buddies comprehend music, can actually
play and morely dig the Blues! Allow me to quote from myself:
"Blues is not a music type, yet it is a State O Mind,
you must feel it in your bones and soul!"
I believe Arash
and Kiosk truly feel the Blues in their bones and souls!
the Blues Scene (old and new) has a Blues name (Mixture of Real
Name + Nick Name):
BB King, Muddy
Waters, Howling Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, Monster Mike Welch, Bo Diddley,
Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, .........
Maybe we can
call Arash, "Arash The Shades"!
Band - Roozmaregi (Dailyness)
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So what does
Kiosk sounds like?
Kiosk is a cross
over between Dire Straits and Eric Clapton's sound
plus Robert Cray Band's and Kenny Wayne Shepherds'
arrangements with a dash o Persian Blues Psyche, shoved in it as
a spice blender! Actually if you think of it, Blues Music is totally
compatible with Traditional Persian State O Mind and Culture!
Well, from now on if Yanks brag about their Blues Guitar Gods such
as Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Double Trouble or their New
Comer Legends such as Jonny Lang or Susan Tedeschi,
then we can also say: Hey wait a second, Excuse Moi, we also have
a voice in the Blues Musac and they are called "Arash The
Shades and The Kiosk"!
Well Thank you
Lord for Arash and The Kiosk's sound, because I was simply sick
to my stomach from all the Persian 6/8 Garbage ala carte! Folks,
it is your national patriotic duty as Iranians to support Kiosk
and purchase their Ordinary Man album, cause if you do not support
these kinds of musical movements, then we will go back to upset
stomach syndrome due to listening to too much Persian 6/8 Commercial
Disco Rhythm rubbish! And Lord knows, my stomach cannot take it,
More power to
Arash and The Kiosk
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