JITMAN ’09: Iran, the band

This Friday at Neumos, join KEXP DJ’s John Richards and Michele Myers for the long-awaited return of the John In The Morning At Night Show with special musical guests Pela, KEXP favorites Throw Me The Statue, the special return of U.S.E and Brooklyn indie-rockers Iran!

One of the most anticipated bands of the evening has to be Brooklyn’s very own Iran. Despite the perplexing band name and relative obscurity; this is a band who have been slowly building buzz since their release Moon Boys way back in 2002. What’s interesting is that both key band members Aaron Aites and Kyp Malone also have significant side projects that have taken them away from IRAN for long periods of time. Aaron most recently with a fascinating documentary on Norwegian Black Metal entitled Until the Light Takes Us, and of course Malone works with a little band called TV On the Radio (who only managed to put out the Album of the Year last year). It’s clear these “distractions” keep the creative juices flowing for these guys, yet the band still remains relatively unknown to most casual listeners. That’s all about to change with their new album Dissolver. If you haven’t heard their latest material yet, you’re in for a treat. Gone are the lo-fi 4-track bedroom creations of Moon Boys, replaced with a hi-fi studio album that competes with anything out there right now. It’s obvious they were like kids in a candy shop at Gigantic Studios with the new tools and experience of not one, but two members of TVOTR (David Andrew Sitek actually helped produce their album and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ latest). The new songs are louder and much more lyrically based than before. The classic “indie rock” label, however, doesn’t do their sound justice. There’s a hi-fi sound for a throwback concept album that could have just as easily been recorded in 1970. In fact, we don’t think they want you to have any preconceived notions when you listen. These are the types of great bands that make JITMAN one of the most exciting events of the year.  At the very least, there will be some fine looking beards on stage, and you know how we love our beards in Seattle! They also may be one of the toughest band names to Google; try it yourself! KEXP is excited to have them playing for us in Seattle, don’t miss what could be your last chance to see them up close.

Also, we’re giving away 5 copies of Iran’s latest release, Dissolver, so email us now if you would like a copy. The first 5 people to email us will win but you must be able to pick up a CD from the KEXP station.

Doors open at 8pm, tickets are $18 presale and $20 day of. Advance tickets can be purchased at Ticketswest.com, Ticketswest Outlets, and Neumos Box Office.

Get yours today and we’ll see you there!

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