Habibi Shares Delta 5 Cover, ‘Nice Try’ Covers EP Out Today via Kill Rock Stars

Today, Habibi share their cover of “Try,” a tribute to Julz Sale. Julz Sale was the founding member of Delta 5. Rahill Jamalifard, the singer in Habibi, shared the following words:

“Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Julz Sale, an unrivaled force in the macrocosm of punk music. The combination of driving baselines and Sale’s cool yet punching delivery really set Delta 5 apart from other bands of that era. When we set out to record our cover of “Try” six months ago, this all powerfully echoed back to me. I remember driving to the studio listening to the original song, hearing her hit the notes with an effortless power, playful but with conviction, she was truly one of one. Her legacy and contribution to punk will live on and continue to inspire, just as she inspired us.”

Kill Rock Stars shared the following statement:

“Julz Sale’s contribution to punk, post-punk and music at large will be felt forever. we are gutted by the news of her passing. she was a delight to know and will be missed immensely.”

The “Try” cover is part of Habibi’s three song covers EP titled ‘Nice Try’, which inaugurated their signing to Kill Rock Stars. Last week’s Kleenex/LiLiPUT “Nice” cover and a new take on Quix*o*tic’s “The Breeze” round out the release.

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 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.


This fall, Habibi will release a two-song EP of original compositions, titled ‘Somewhere’, via Kill Rock Stars. The EP, for which they enlisted producer Mike Stroud from Ratatat, 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. 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.

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.


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)
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)