The highly anticipated tour of the young Iranian stencil/street artists Icy and Sot and post punk band, The Yellow Dogs will be making a much anticipated stop at Culture Club in an unprecedented interactive barrage of inspired street art and music—live on stage and screen.
Icy and Sot
Hailing from the city of Tabriz in northwest Iran, Icy and Sot continue on their creative crusade to dismantle pre-conceived perceptions of a fleeting Iranian tradition through their highly intricate and striking stencil artwork. Since 2006, they have made paramount accomplishments in Iranian urban art culture as both skaters and artists, creating an international buzz by playing it any way but safe. Despite Iran’s cultural flourishing since the 2009 uprisings in Tehran, creative visual expression is still a constant struggle for its artists and society today. It is an oppressive force that provokes the Iranian art scene to fluctuate between an inhibited elegance and raw underground energy. This ambiguity is reflected in the vulnerable yet hopeful deep-set imagery of Icy and Sot’s street art which can be seen on the streets of Paris, Turin, Sao Paolo, New York and many other international cities. Icy and Sot catalyzed a prolific surge in street art upon landing in Brooklyn, within 5 months, they conferred onto the streets over 30 murals with conscious brevity and critical acclaim. Their all DIY exhibition MADE IN IRAN in NYC captured both underground and mainstream acknowledgement, with media attention spanning from to Huffington Post, Art Info, The New York Observer to numerous blogs. Using western street art approaches, the artists’ polarized themes of love and hate, war and peace, and hope and despair are manifested into the spectral faces of the innocent. This dualistic style is now strewn across all the boroughs, interweaving their unique pattern of conflicted innocence into the fabric of New York City.
The Yellow Dogs
It is no surprise that Icy and Sot have joined forces with The Yellow Dogs, a post-punk band integral to the creation of the underground music and skate scene in Tehran. Exposed by the Cannes Festival award winning film No One Knows About Persian Cats, which documented the band’s brazen disregard for authority in creating a veritable riot of sound, The Yellow Dogs sought asylum from government persecution in the throes of Brooklyn. But the move to NYC didn’t soften their resonance; rather, it amplified it to levels that Rolling Stone, MTV, and Spin could hear. Since their arrival they've released 2 EPs, In the Kennel and Upper Class Complexity via Neverheard Inc. They've traveled all over the US (twice) and have had the chance to open for bands such as The Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) and will be delivering new tracks and even a new member, Ali Eskandarian, whose high-energy performances and adept vocals caught the attention of Peter Murphy, whom Eskandarian toured with in 2008.
Be sure to catch:
The Yellow Dogs live supporting !!! / Thursday, February 28th / Great American Music Hall
East Middle West: The Stencil street art of Icy and Sot
Underground in Iran / March 1st–3rd / Public Works