The Taqwacore punks are back. And this time, they’ll be coming to a punk rock venue near you.
South Asian Punks THE KOMINAS (Boston) and SARMUST (DC) are embarking west on a three week tour to bring decimation along the I-80 and I-10. Also joining them will be Propaganda Anonymous, whose undefeated free styles occupy a gray area between rap, and punk rock. They plan to raze venues through New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Utah, Nevada, California, Texas, Mississippi, up through to Virginia, Philly, and finally to New York and New England. These will be the first performances west of Chicago.[diy]
The national tour starts July 22nd in New York City, and they will weave themselves (in a hybrid vehicle, mind you) through the rest of the country through August 15th. A different show in a different city every night – the Taqx boys are going hard and with a heart on for the environment too. What exactly can you expect at this show? Watch below.
The above is a short film that follows the writer Michael Muhammad Knight (whom Amardeep’s written about) and the Taqwacores bands from their 2007 East Coast Tour to Pakistan and back to the U.S. for some early 2009 shows. It gives you a flavor for what to expect on The Kominas Summer 2009 Tour.
Sarmust is a twisted splicing of anarchist sufism and indie-punk, masterminded by award winning sitar player Omar Waqar. A longtime stalwart of the DC hardcore scene, his music has become the bridge between discord and simple harmony.[diy]
The bulk of The Kominas songs for the tour will be pulled from Wild Nights in Guantanamo Bay, which I’ve written about before and can be purchased now. The Kominas have been working hard in preparation for this ultimate road trip – they have some new faces in the group, added a horn to their sound, and were just in the studio recording a new song. Black Out Beach, which can be heard here on myspace, was recorded for a play called “Waterboard: A Play About Torture being shown at the YMCA Theatre in Cambridge on July 23rd.
As a West Coast girl, I’m pretty excited to have The Kominas come through California. I’ve never seen them perform before. They didn’t make it this far west on their first 2007 tour and the West Coast punk scene is far more bubblegum pop than what Boston has bred with the hardcore sounds of The Kominas.
I highly recommend that you check out the band when they roll through your town – you don’t have to be a punk aficionado to appreciate what this tour will be doing for the next four weeks. These guys are about as real as it gets. Follow Imran Malik, The Kominas drummer, on his twitter @rockistani as he goes on tour. And to check out the latest tour dates, check out the facebook event page or their myspace. And of course, to live vicariously, check out the Taqwacore Online Zine. I know I will.