Yazan (feat. Pile’s Kris Kuss) Share “The Star” + Tour Dates

March 26, 2018

Waqaas Fahmawi





Yazan are sharing their new single “The Star,” a song that has Decibel Magazine sharing “Yazan wasn’t topping the list of “most likely to write a killer Sabbath-inspired doom song,” but sometimes life surprises you.”

Teaming up once again with Pile’s Kris Kuss (drums), Yazan’s latest album, Hahaha, is a diverse collection of the songs that speak to the human condition, songs that inspire change and thought, pulling from the most vulnerable and powerful reaches of his inner being. Due out on April 20th via Exploding In Sound, Yazan’s quest for peace, love, and forgiveness finds him and Kuss exploring elements of blues, folk, alternative rock, soul, and Sabbath-inspired metal, creating a sonic blueprint that’s ever shifting, tied together by the strength of his voice and his positive aura even in the darkest of times.

Speaking about the track, Yazan shared:

“The sun is a miraculous mystery that provides our planet with life energy. Once humanity discovered the chemistry behind the violent reactions the sun undergoes to give us light and warmth, some began to exploit this power to destroy life rather than to support it. “The Star” is a reminder to consider the mystery of existence — why is there something rather than nothing? — and a rousing call to creators and cultivators of life to reclaim our world from forces of violence and destruction before our whole world is reduced to dust.”

Yazan, the band, (Yazan Fahmawi – guitar/vocals, Nick Dooley – drums, Sam Gehrke – bass) kick off a full US tour on March 30th at Washington, DC’s The Paperhaus.

Tour Dates:

03/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Cat Farm w/ Tica Douglas
03/30 – Washington, DC @ The Paperhaus
03/31 – Durham, NC
04/01 – Athens, GA @ The World Famous
04/02 – Savannah, GA @ House Show
04/03 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
04/04 – Gainesville, FL @ Hardback Cafe
04/05 – Mobile, AL @ Blind Mule
04/06 – Nashville, TN @ Betty’s Grill
04/07 – Memphis, TN @ Railgarten
04/08 – Wichita, KS @ Not Swell House
04/09 – Norman, OK @ Resonator
04/10 – Santa Fe, NM
04/11 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Cottage House
04/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Trunkspace
04/13 – Yuma, AZ @ Friendly’s Tavern
04/14 – La Mesa, CA @ The Lazy Hummingbird
04/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lot 1 Cafe
04/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge
04/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah
04/19 – Ashland, OR @ IPub
04/20 – Ashland, OR @ Oberon’s Tavern
04/21 – Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
04/22 – Boise, ID
04/23 – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24 – Denver, CO @ Horse House
04/25 – Omaha, NE
04/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ Eagles #34
04/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Puddler’s Hall
04/28 – Chicago, IL @ Smoker’s
04/29 – St Louis, MO @ Sinkhole
04/30 – Carbondale, IL @ The Swamp
05/02 – Louisville, KY @ Cure Lounge
05/03 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Louie’s Trophy House
05/04 – Buffalo, NY
05/05 – Burlington, VT @ Waking Windows Festival
05/06 – Burlington, VT @ Waking Windows Festival
05/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lavaspace
05/10 – Brooklyn, NY
05/11 – Rollinsford, NH @ Sue’s Space
05/12 – New Paltz, NY @ Newpalsapalooza
06/09 – Peterborough, NH @ The Thing In The Spring

OUT APRIL 20TH, 2018 (LP/MP3)

1. Hahaha
2. Cockroach
3. The Star
4. Forgiveness Begins
5. When I’m Gone
6. Penetrate My Mind
7. Tiger
8. Do You Wanna Go?
9. Ghost Blues

“A man with Alanis Morissette hair and a handlebar mustache introduced himself as Yazan” – The New Yorker

“Yazan doles out river-bottom-blues filled with muddy funk that almost borders on grunge” – Stereogum

“Yazan might just be your saving grace” – SPIN

“We were so blown away by Yazan’s neo-blues sound” – High Times



Although he has largely left behind his island birthplace in favor of the culturally vibrant alleys of Brooklyn, Yazan and his delusively grandiose ideals are certainly a product of his young life in a peaceful international community in Manhattan of the 1980s and early 90s. Born to a couple of Palestinian refugees who landed in New York in the 1970s, Yazan was raised among the clouds in a high-rise apartment towering over the East River. His summers spent visiting family in crowded Middle Eastern slums gave him an appreciation for his first-world privileges at a young age; sharply contrasting with the dominant culture of entitlement pervading his hometown, his sense of gratitude for peace and stability has deeply influenced Yazan’s art and values. He strives to create work that comforts those alienated and affected by imbalance, and he hopes to startle and inspire the complacent into action towards peace and justice. Even his deluxe worldly academic education failed to prepare him for introduction into the “real world”: day two of work at his first adult job at a multinational financial corporation was in New York’s financial district on Sept 11 2001, where he personally experienced the chaos and destruction of his generation’s greatest tragedy. Shaken by the events and the resulting outpouring of hatred and violence, Yazan has since committed to use his work as a platform for sustainable, humanistic values. His existence is the result of the violence and conflict he hopes to help quell through his expressions.

Yazan’s homegrown reputation has been steadily growing throughout Brooklyn, known for one the most dynamic and powerful voices in the city’s DIY scene. Yazan has been playing music for decades, but his focus changed while hosting and performing at late night juke joint jams in his now retired Williamsburg basement speakeasy, Shoulder Tap (aka The Tiger Lounge). Determined to let his creativity shine, Yazan’s passion for rock ’n’ roll, collaboration, the night life, community, and the ability to engage people in a meaningful way were pushed to the forefront. Known for his eclectic guitar styles, Yazan joined Pile for a US tour in 2015. Following the tour, Yazan and Pile drummer Kris Kuss released Howlin’, a ragged blues record that jammed hard and caught the attention of Stereogum, Spin, High Times, and more, as well as a new loyal following of fans. Capitalizing on the chemistry that developed between him and Kuss, Yazan returned to Allston, MA over the course of two years to record together with Kuss and producer Mark Fede (Fat History Month, Guerilla Toss). The resulting album, Hahaha, is nine songs shedding light on some of Yazan’s most vulnerable and darkest feelings. Written during times of personal hardships and growth, Hahaha is a Yazan record unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Seeking answers in face of his family’s disintegration, his honest, open messages communicate his cultivation of harmony. The songs tell his story so far, a weaving of love, loss, and forgiveness. Put on the charmingly sleazy “Do You Wanna Go?” and your body will be rocking before you know it. Heed him on the plaintive ballad “When I’m Gone” and you might feel like singing your own songs to help you get through your sorrows. In “The Star” he summons his rage, challenging you and himself both to take back ownership of our world from profit-driven purveyors of war and waste. Yazan sings to himself reminders how to live in light even through darkness, sharing his songs with you so that they might also be helpful to you someday.


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