Kiosk Speeds Up from Underground
to Above the Ground!
Photos: Mandana Fard
May 24, 2007
The new album
Amor de la Velocidad
Love of Speed
surely speeding up from Underground to Above the Ground! The
new concert in San Francisco with Abjeez opening up for them was
a smash. They are on the track to their musical destiny.
I have to admit,
when they first came out (Ordinary Man Album), I was pretty skeptic
that will they be a One Hit Wonder or One Album Wonder band (like
many other Persian Bands) and if they will run out of creativity,
lyrics and songs or not?
Band - Arash Sobhani
their second album (Love of Speed) certainly had put an end to my
skepticism. I believe that I am one of Iran's most hard-core
and musically knowledgeable Blues fans. Way before Iran had any
Blues Bands or rarely any Iranian had ever heard of the Blues, I
was an amateur Blues Musician, playing the local clubs, jamming
with other Bluesmen, having a great Blues collection on LPs, Cassettes
and CDs and digging the Blues in my bones.
I love the Blues.
I love the Classics such as Billie Holiday and Muddy Waters, masters
such as BB King, and Buddy Guy, Modern Gods such as Stevie Ray Vaughan
and Eric Clapton, all the way to the new heavy electric guitar Blues
such as Kenny Wayne Shepherds and Johnny Lang. You see, blues is
a very particular style of music. You must have the beat to feel
the Blues. As I have always stated:
is not only a music type, but a state of mind,
You must feel it in your bones and soul!
If you are a true Bluesman, then you will certainly feel the Blues
in your Bone Marrow!"
So Blues is
not just for everyone, but for a very sophisticated and selective
group of musicians and music lovers and those who truly understand
musical values and the scientific music.
Band - Arash Sobhani and Ali Kamali
a style of music totally compatible with the Persian Psyche!
We were born with the Blues, our history is The Blues, our politics
is surely full of Blues, our daily lives are defined by the Blues
and our psyche surely digs the Blues.
Down Texas Blues
East Coast Philly Blues
Heavy Guitar Blues
etc. etc. etc.
But the modern
Guitar Blues is something else. This is what Arash Sobhani and
The Kiosk plays. If there was no Blues, then there would have never
been Rock! So Blues is the Mother Music to All.
Kiosk, The Band
We can see some
changes to the band,
Guitar and Vocals
Shahrouz Molaei: Drums
Ali Kamali: Bass
Then of course
there are a number of other talented musicians who played in this
new album and also are playing with Kiosk, live on stage.
Sobhani in action
me, these guys are not in it for the money, because if they wanted
money, they would have played some garbage Band-e Tonbuni 6/8 beat
Persian Bull Shiite, make a few videos and albums and build their
bank accounts. They are surely talented enough to do it better than
other Cheesy Up and Cuming Iranian Pop Stars of Los Angeles!
Band - Anoush Khazeni and Farzaneh Hemmasi
These guys and
every other Persian Underground Band are playing for their souls!
Look at their last concert in San Francisco, about 600 people attended.
Do you really think, after paying the auditorium, management, concert
arrangers, productions, etc. they will end up with a lump-sum of
dough? How much do you really think that Abjeez and Kiosk had made
off of this deal? C'mon, it would be even less than the cost of
throwing a party in our houses! They are there only to play for
their souls and to save us from listening to 6/8 Persian Commercial
Band - Babak Khiavchi
You must support
these guys and you must support Bamahang because we must change
the wave and pattern of the Persian music.
Kiosk, The Music
I have to clearly
state that the new album (Love of Speed) is no match to the first
album (Ordinary Man). Neither the music, lyrics and nor the arrangements
even comes close to the original album. Ordinary Man Album was something
Band - Ordinary Man
album proves that Kiosk still has life in them and still has something
to say! Check out the samples:
Band - Love of Speed Samples
The first song
"Love of Speed" (Eshq-e Sor'at) is wonderful. I
love the rhythm. The guitar riffs, the guitar links, the blues chords,
the bass beat, the arrangement and the whole shebang is simply marvelous.
Arash Sobhani's voice was made for Blues! This is a professional
job and as a Bluesman, I have to admit that this is not your average
cheesy Persian Band! Arash Sobhani is a true Bluesman. I
can clearly compare him with the present global well-known Blues
musicians and their works:
Karen Lawrence and Blue By Nature
Well maybe I
am exaggerating but Kiosk is getting there!
and Kiosk are no Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughn
but hey, they are trying to make it out there. At least they have
presented and proved that there is such a thing called the Persian
Band - Shahrouz Molaei
and Kiosk are basically the Persian version of the Dire Straits
Band, but with a dash o Persian Blues!
Yes, I believe
Arash Sobhani had passed his test as a Bluesman. He certainly has
a future in the Blues. If he doesn't drink too much Duq (Yogurt
Soda) and Roqan Nabati (Vegetable Oil), he may make it in
the global Blues Scene. As I have said, I was truly skeptic that
Kiosk would be another One Hit Wonder Band, but Arash proved me
different. Even though Arash Sobhani changed the band members and
structure of the band, yet his voice and music are the trademarks
of the Kiosk. He writes the music and the lyrics. In this new album,
there is even a violin piece which is very much full of Blues and
is nostalgically romantic. On the front cover, Kiosk warns the parents
that this album is full of lyrics which needs parental advisory
(Arash is being sarcastic and humorous)! The sarcastic album cover
and pictures (beat up Paykan, Microbus, 3 Tarkeh Motor Gazi Bike
and construction Wheeled carrier) are awesome. This is a social
criticism and a political criticism to the government and their
speedy progress towards the desired great civilization! I strongly
recommend the purchase of this album.
Band - Love of Speed
Listen to samples and purchase the Love of Speed CD here:
Kiosk: Love of Speed
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