THERE'S a curdling wickedness in the smoky rhythms of Iska Dhaaf, a surreal glaze dripped over dark surf guitars and hip-shaker drums. Those vibes translate perfectly to visual imagery in their Apocalypse Now-esque video for “Everybody Knows”—a Vietnam soldier, having just placed an acid tab on his tongue, soaks up the USO show in front of him as dirt-smeared, hooting-and-hollering soldiers around him move in a surreal and subtly sinister manner.
And, what do you know? There’s fellow Seattle resident Macklemore, coolly swinging a golf club between cuts of the sweat-soaked band and sumptuous USO dancers.
Comprised of a dude who played math rock and a highly polarized white rapper, Iska Dhaaf (which roughly roughly translates to “let it go” in Somali) is tight balancing act that perfectly suits Hang Fire’s taste for grimy guitar tone and boundary-pushing inventiveness.
Locals Sunglow and Generation Pill join. Generation Pill’s EP Kill or Be Killed is the first release on new local label Bomb Shelter Records; cassettes will be available at the show.
New zine The Clambake will also makes its debut. Volume One features interviews with Generation Pill, Triathalon, Boy Harsher, mumbledust, art and illustrations by Rachael Perisho, and more.