Today, Habibi releases an EP comprising their first original compositions to come out on Kill Rock Stars. ‘Somewhere’, moves Habibi’s unique sound into the escapism of disco-club era New York City, an expansion upon their Detroit-bred garage roots. The four-piece enlisted producer M
The EP opener, “Somewhere They Can’t Find Us” already gathered praises from Brooklyn Vegan who said the track “has real snap and energy,” Alt Citizen who hailed it for being “both danceable and effortlessly understated” while professing that Habibi “has created a whole new world to exist within in the span of three minutes,” a sentiment that Post Trash shared, adding that their “vocal melodies are inescapable, adding a cosmic charm to their disco-indebted punk with brightly weaving harmonies,” and elsewhere Spinning Platters called it “another piece of solid joy from one of the best-kept secrets in rock.“ The track also got spins on NPR‘s All Songs Considered, KCRW, and BBC6.
During an in-depth interview with American Songwriter, Habibi’s lead vocalist, Rahill Jamalifard, explained the change in direction: “All Lenny [guitarist in Habibi] and I would talk about during lockdown was wanting to dance. I think we both just wanted to get our asses on the dance floor.” After all, this is the band who wrote a song titled “I Got The Moves” which went on to soundtrack commercials for Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Special K, Secret, and many more.
In the same conversation with the publication, Jamalifard talked about her initiation to music, pointing to the cassettes and tapes collected by her parents, who immigrated from Iran during the revolution: “Endless tapes, a tape collection and old programs that were from Iran that they over-dubbed onto VHS.”
Within these new songs, you’ll hear the band’s earliest musical incarnation – a shared love of Middle Eastern sounds – coalesced with this newfound desire to cut loose and dance like it’s 1971. As Jacob Uitti, writing for American Songwriter, beautifully put it “The songs [on ‘Somewhere’] engender movement, the kind meant for dancing after a few shots in a sweaty rock club. It’s like a string that can pull you up from your chair. It’s also like a bridge to new places, both inward and outward.”
‘Somewhere’ is out now. The 7″ is available for purchase on pink vinyl via Kill Rock Stars and on gold vinyl in record stores.
To celebrate the release, Habibi will perform in New York at Baby’s All Right on November 5th and 6th, with support from Michael Imperioli’s band Zopa, JD Samson and Roddy Buttom’s Crickets, Anno from Olivia Neutron-John, an El Michels Affair DJ set, and more. Habibi will tour the east coast this fall and the west coast in the spring of 2022.
Habibi ‘Somewhere’ Tour Dates
11/04/21 – Woodstock, NY – Colony (Tickets)
11/05/21 – New York, NY – Baby’s All Right (Tickets)
11/06/21 – 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)