Today, Habibi debut a cover of Swiss punk band Kleenex/LiLiPUT’s song “Nice“. The release inaugurates Habibi’s signing to legendary label Kill Rock Stars.
This fall, Habibi will release a two-song EP of original compositions, titled ‘Somewhere’, via Kill Rock Stars. “We’re excited to be a part of the iconic label that has supported so many female artists whom we adore and respect” says Lenny Lynch, guitarist in Habibi. “KRS emerged as a label that pushed females to the front and put female-led bands in focus. We are honored to continue that legacy.”
“Nice“, which is available to listen on all streaming platforms, was reinterpreted for the occasion in Farsi, Habibi lead singer Rahill Jamalifard’s mother tongue. “This song is the antithesis of conformity and social expectations for women in our society” she shares “Though originally sung in German, and now by us in Farsi, the subject is an ongoing universal issue, which at this particular time is being notably challenged, giving us all the more reason and purpose to have covered it.” This cover, taken from Kill Rock Star’s excellent catalogue, is the first of three that Habibi recorded to participate in celebrating the label’s 30th anniversary.
The covers series is titled Stars Rock Kill (Rock Stars), where 40+ artists from around the world will cover tracks from KRS’ expansive release history. The digital subscription is $20. After purchasing, they’ll receive a download alert as each new cover in the series is released. Purchase here.
The official covers series playlist is on Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, Deezer, and Amazon Music. It’s updated as each new track drops and contains the corresponding original. Find it here and follow along.
As the world starts to re-emerge and awaken, the summer of 2021 proved to be a hot one and Habibi is ready to dance. The two-track EP ‘Somewhere’ will move the unique four-piece’s sound into the escapism of disco club era New York City, an expansion upon their Detroit-bred garage roots.
After being coined by The New Yorker as having “the Colgate white glisten of sixties girl group pop combined with an uncensored edge” for their acclaimed debut album, Habibi broke boundaries by introducing Farsi-sung tunes on their EP ‘Cardamom Garden’ that “shed rigid definitions of what constitutes American music” (Pitchfork). In 2020, a month before the world drastically changed, ‘Anywhere But Here‘, the group’s prophetic sophomore album was released which led NPR’s Robin Hilton to call them a “noir girl-group” on All Songs Considered.
For ‘Somewhere’, their first release with Kill Rock Stars, Habibi knows it’s time to cut loose and take you to the dance floor, enlisting producer Mike Stroud from Ratatat and Heba Kadry as mastering engineer. Fans of the Tom Tom Club and ESG will find here plenty to love.
To celebrate the EP release, Habibi will perform in New York at Baby’s All Right on November 5th. They will tour the east coast this fall and west coast in the spring of 2022.
Habibi ‘Somewhere’ Tour Dates
10/22/21 – Portland, ME – Space (Tickets)
10/23/21 – Portsmouth, NH – Press Room (Tickets)
10/24/21 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre (Tickets)
10/25/21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall (Tickets)
10/29/21 – North Adams, MA – HiLo (Tickets)
10/30/21 – Albany, NY – The Hangar on Hudson (Tickets)
11/04/21 – Woodstock, NY – Colony (Tickets)
11/05/21 – New York, NY – Baby’s All Right (Tickets)
11/07/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (Tickets)
11/18/21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern (Tickets)
11/19/21 – Chicago, IL – Hideout (Tickets)
11/20/21 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club (Tickets)
11/21/21 – Detroit, MI – UFO Factory (Tickets)
03/03/22 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar (Tickets)
03/04/22 – Palm Springs, CA – Alibi (Tickets)
03/05/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Lodge Room (Tickets)
03/06/22 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley (Tickets)
03/07/22 – San Francisco, CA – Chapel (Tickets)
03/08/22 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s (Tickets)
03/10/22 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios (Tickets)
03/11/22 – Tacoma, WA – Fawcett Hall (Tickets)
03/12/22 – Seattle, WA – Barboza (Tickets)