~YELLOW DOGS . . BAND MASSACRE / updates
THE YELLOW DOGS .. BAND MASSACRE. 4 DEAD IN EAST WILLIAMSBURG.
TRAGIC. HASH just told me ..
I have pix of the band, give me 5 mins to process this.
they played at EASTERN DISTRICT, when it was .. really, really happening, in BUSHWICK. 2010.
they actually lived under JOSH, JOSH HARRIS when he was based in Williamsburg a few years back.
they were well, to be honest: brats . . ex-pats from IRAN.
‘brats’ as in . . the real deal. art-wise. alive.
full of life. ready to take over the world.
very powered-up in opposition . . to their background.
they were a very explosive bunch. live wires.
great music. really hard-core and driving. great band to see live.
they were electric, crazy, and melodic . . as hell, the music. and, I guess the whole package.
it’s said they liked JOY DIVISION. zipped around on skate boards, and threw all night parties.
R.I.P. . . . YELLOW DOGS. FOUR DEAD IN WILLIAMSBURG.
OBASH .. the lone survivor.
UP-DATE: MON NOV 11, 2013 – 5:46 PM
it’s been a truly dark, stormy, sad cold day here in NYC. the wind wails: up to no good.
as the pieces fall into place we learn only 2 members of the band were wiped out. and that’s way more than we want, if you heard them, or not . . the young dead men were brothers: guitarist SOROUSH FARAZMAND, 27, known as LOOLOOSH, and his older brother, the band’s drummer, ARASH FARAZMAND, 28, known as SINA. very sad.
a third young Iranian musician, ALI ESKANDARIAN, 35, was also shot and killed.
the shooter, RAEFE AKHBAR, 29, a bass player and currently said to be from a rival Iranian indie band called the FREE KEYS . . after the attack, he then went up on the roof and shot himself. it was a pretty big gun, an assault rifle, .308 caliber. the police are said to be looking into how he got his hands on it.
UP-DATE: TUES NOV 12, 2013 – 9 AM
the shooter is now being identified, in the WALL STREET JOURNAL this morning .. as ALI AKBAR MOHAMMADI RAFIE.
“Once he got kicked out of the FREE KEYS for being problematic, the Yellow Dogs stopped associating with him as well,” said ASHELY AYERS, the band’s publicist from REQUIEM.
the article goes on to state that “Mr. Rafie’s falling out with the bands came about a year ago, and was over his selling band equipment without knowledge of the other musicians.”
the article also stated that it’s thought he transported the rifle, to the attack site .. in in a guitar case.”
Ms. AYERS is also quoted as saying that the third musician tragically gunned down, singer ALI ESKANDARIAN, 35, though not a founding member of THE YELLOW DOGS, had performed with the band on a tour last March.
“The Yellow Dogs fled Tehran, Iran in 2010 for the U.S. and found an instant audience. They were considered rising stars, playing South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in 2010 and opening for the Black Lips at Webster Hall in April 2011.”
from the artlovers archive:
THE YELLOW DOGS . . PLAY THE CLOSING PARTY for the JASON GRUNWALD ART SHOW.
EASTERN DISTRICT, 43 BOGART ST, BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN. NYC.
APRIL 29, 2010 – PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH
THE YELLOW DOGS in an early gig . . at the now closed EASTERN DISTRICT.
JASON GRUNWALD ARTWORK – up in the background.
THE YELLOW DOGS at what was EASTERN DISTRICT, in BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN. APRIL 29, 2010.
KOORY MIRZ, OBASH the lead singer, the drummer ARASH FARAZMAND (SINA), and his brother, guitar and keyboardist, SOROUSH FARAZMAND (LOOLOOSH).
it’s SOROUSH and ARASH who were lost to gun violence in the very early hours of this morning.
Nov 11 .. Remembrance Day. a sad day already . . as it is.
WATCH: FROM PERSIAN CATS .. to YELLOW DOGS
“the yellow dog . . is the brother of the jackal.”