PopGun Presents



Jun 17

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Brooklyn, NY

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

What is A-WA?

Three letters that you may not know how to pronounce (for now)

Three sisters whose sweeping and uncompromising creation will take you on an exciting journey.

From the first time A-Wa took the stage 1 year ago, they've been dropping jaws, raising eyebrows, making people dance: from hipsters to families, from festivals to clubs, young and old, Polish, French, Israeli, and all over.

To tell the story of A-WA, we have to go a few years back, to a family who lives in the small village'Shaharut' in southern Israel. Not too far from the Egyptian border. In beautiful prairie landscapes with magical desert sunsets, Tair, Liron and Tagel grew up - three sisters (out of six siblings) to the Haim family.

As a gift from God, all members of the Haim family are blessed with musical talent. All three sisters studied music, sang, danced and performed together and separately since a very young age.  In their childhood home they listened to many different kinds of music, such as Greek music, Yemenite music, Jazz, R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Progressive rock and more. The inspirations that sustained them, and the warm musical home that encouraged them, have become the creative part and parcel of their lives.

A few years later, after Tair and Liron completed their studies in music and design, and before Tagel started college, they hooked up again at their parents' house. They worked in the days, and at night they would meet up and record materials in English, Hebrew and Yemenite, which always had a special place in their hearts. They filmed and uploaded their videos to YouTube.

The flood of great comments and suggestions from around the world encouraged them to rise to the challenge and promote their music. One day it led to an inbox message to Tomer Yosef on Facebook. Once pressing Play, it was clear to Tomer that a gift fell upon him, a one-time only three voices (yes, it's possible) fit together in a perfect harmony, even in Hebrew it sounded out of this world... and so the musical love story was instantly born. Tomer's groove, the global characteristics of his artistic vision, Yemenite roots, everything came together and led to the collaboration that continues to this day and in every possible aspects - such as the first music video that was both directed and filmed by Tomer in an intense weekend shoot in the desert.

For the last two years, the girls, who initially were called The Haim Sisters, have been performing non-stop, they became an integral part of the stage composition of Balkan Beat Box's MINIMAL tour and later on they appeared with a band of their own and gave shows around Israel and in music festivals in Poland and France in front of an embracing audience, while at the same time working at the studio with Tomer.

While searching for materials and in the spirit of fate that accompanies this story, one day the girls bumped into the song "Habib Galbi" an old Yemenite song that they knew from childhood, but this time they heard the first original recording by the Yemeni singer Shlomo Moga'a. From there, a door was opened of a hidden treasure of ancient Yemenite women's chanting, that was passed from generation to generation for centuries and has been recorded a few times. Moga'a was one of the only chief curators of these songs and after passing has left a legacy, just waiting to be discovered. A-WA's debut album includes 12 songs, composed entirely of original performance of these folk songs.

In a closely working at the studio with producer Tomer Yosef, the sound and the artistic statement were formed. And in cooperation with musicians like Tamir Muskat, Itamar Ziegler,

Tom Darom and more, they created a composition of a unique identity with a lot of groove, electronics and a brand new global beat fragrance.

You can choose whether to take the story behind the sounds to your A-WA experience. Even without dwelling on genetic loads or cross-generational folklore, A-WA send a refreshing and authentic breeze of world music to the music scene in Israel and abroad. A happy, warm and genuine music, that that starting this year is going to break language barriers and boundaries and bring a new message for those who love the genre and in general.
HDLSS (pronounced headless), formerly known as Headless Horseman, is a Ridgewood, NY

based post-Yeezus, glitch/nocturnal-pop recording project comprised of singer-songwriter/producer “Far”, a South-Asian, first generation American, and producer/instrumentalist Wolfy, of Irish descent. The project began in 2010 creating damaged pop music utilizing a collage recording style on trashed equipment, unintentionally making electronic music out of acoustic instruments. The result was their debut, HDLSS, released on Greedhead Entertainment in 2011.

The band played their first show opening for Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), and from there, things took off quickly. The surf leaning single Wavlngth and debut album garnered significant critical attention from outlets like Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Time Out NY, NPR among others, quickly labeling them a ‘band to watch.’ They landed a highly coveted residency at Piano’s where each night was hosted by a different outlet, including one that MTV Desi taped, sponsored and planned with the band to feature fellow South Asian artists. Following the residency, they toured and played festivals like SXSW and CMJ, performing with a swath of artists such as Blood Orange, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nite Jewel, Kria Brekkan (of Mum), DIIV, Das Racist, Autre Ne Veut, Los Campesinos! among others.

In 2012, the band took a hiatus due to mental health issues and extenuating circumstances that briefly ended Far and Wolfy’s friendship. Luckily, the two ended up reconciling their differences, and started writing again in 2015, resulting in the LP DUMB that was completed in 2017. As a reintroduction to the band, HDLSS are releasing a mini-album in June 2017, Selections from DUMB, featuring songs that may or may not show up on the LP. The release was recorded/produced by HDLSS and mastered by Yale Yng-Wong (Grizzly Bear, Chairlift) and Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts).

What began as a lo-fi experiment has blossomed into a highly ambitious, expansive, post-genre concept album. Songs that began as attempted imitations of popular styles mutated into new forms and became accidental satire out of sheer ignorance. The mini-album features synthetic string and horn sections, manipulated electronics, and a meticulously hand crafted sound—laced with glitches, noise, samples and subversive lyrics. For the duo, the process of recording and writing occur simultaneously, incorporating mistakes and found sounds often witnessing the songs write themselves, something they describe as their “headless” pathos: “cutting off the head to embrace the instinct of the will.” As Abdullah Saeed said in an early profile of the group for MTV, “It’s amazing what two musicians are capable of when they put their collective lack of a head together.”

Selections from DUMB is a document of struggles with mental health, substance abuse, lyme disease induced psychosis, the will to nothingness, and for Far, disconnection felt as a Muslim
in America. More broadly, however, it grapples with complicity and cultural apathy. Dumb and numb have become synonymous, as we are increasingly desensitized to militarized police/brutality, global surveillance, economic disparity, disposable consumerism, rape culture, xenophobia, white superiority and the disenfranchisement of minorities. Participating in and bearing witness to one’s own dumbing down becomes a kind of paralysis: through the bystander effect, inaction becomes complicity. Living in perpetual confusion of over stimulation, losing identity in favor of group-think ideology, watching as thoughts disappear and wondering where they go… Selections from DUMB implores an indictment of the self, ultimately posing the question: just how dumb have I become?
Venue Information:
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11222