We’ve been fans of the music of NY’s Josh Strawn and Zohra Atash since their time in the goth-folk band Religious to Damn, but it’s their new project, Azar Swan, that really has us infatuated. Their debut record Dance Before the War, out digitally this week on Handmade Birds, nestles nicely in the crook of that label’s releases by Merzbow, Loveliescrushing and Jackie-O Motherfucker. Call it radio-friendly avant-goth, sure, but really Dance Before the War is tribal electronic war-pop with enough hooks to catch even the most satanic fish. Songs of childhood, lust, war and angst have never sounded this sexy.
Azar Swan’s celebrating the release of Dance Before the War with a show at 285 Kent (the place where the kids go for the music) this Thursday, 11/15/13, and if it’s anything like the times we’ve seen them in the past you’re gonna end up covered in sweat and spit and snarls. We caught up with ‘em, virtually, using the magic of the internet, to talk about their music’s past, present and future. [Read more...]