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Through The Chaos

Hypernova

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Album Review

The most striking thing about the music of Hypernova is that it exists at all. The quartet came together in the underground music scene of Tehran, Iran, where the band literally risked its life and liberty to play Western rock. The band's guitar-playing lead vocalist and lyricist, Raam (the bandmembers only use one name, perhaps to protect the lives of their families who still live in Iran), lived in the Eugene, OR area for several years and has a better command of English and American vernacular than a lot of songwriters who have adopted the language of rock for their music. They now live in Brooklyn and have toured nationwide, gathering much critical attention, but again mostly because they come from Iran. Hypernova have definitely studied their Joy Division, Psychedelic Furs, and Chameleons albums, blending those influences with a bit of bouncy uptempo new wave dance-rock. They haven't yet transcended their influences, but that's also true of many bands based in the U.S. and U.K. What they do have is an awareness of the political potential of rock, and they use it to celebrate the liberation they're found in their adopted country. On "Viva la Resistance," an industrial new rave rave-up, Raam sings "The boys, they're a shouting and the girls, they're a dancing, and it ain't no f*****g crime," although in their homeland it is. "American Dream" rides a simple I-IV-V progression to celebrate the contradictions of life in America, albeit with faintly clichéd lyrics. They fare better when they drop a bit of ironic humor into the mix, as they do on "Fairy Tales," an ode to underage sex and rebellion taken at a blistering pace, and "Monster in Me," a credible Psychedelic Furs meets Sex Pistols pastiche. ~ j. poet, Rovi

Customer Reviews

absofreakinglutely good stuff

saw them on tv and was intrigued. had to get the album. been listneing to it at work, for the past two days. like the band says, the music transcends everything different about our countries US/Iran...culture, religion, politics. glad they are rocking their freedom of expression in the daylight. maybe one day, they'll be rocking stadium concerts in their homeland. wishful thinking but still...change can happen!

THANK GOD

i have probably been listening to this band probably for the past 3 years, since they first came to new york. I have been waiting quite patiently for their album to come out. YOUR BEST 10 DOLLARS SPENT

Great Music, also inspiring!

Heard a profile of this band on NPR and was intrigued. Finally! A band with great music and a great message. Well thought-out lyrics, without anything being shoved down your throat. Very inspiring, universal and uplifting. Nice change of pace.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

The modern political underground crunch dance-rock band Hypernova were hatched in a most unlikely locale — Tehran, Iran. Between their debut in 2000 and their international breakout in 2004, the ensemble had been performing to a growing audience, albeit under strict veils of secrecy in their homeland. In Iran, the vast majority of the population is in their twenties, and listening to Western music is illegal since Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad banned it in December of 2005. Bassist...
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