TOM TOM MAGAZINE: I KEEP ON READING ARTICLES THAT REFER TO HABIBI AS AN ALL GIRL PUNK ROCK BAND. IT’S BIZARRE, I’M LIKE HAVE YOU HEARD THEM? YOU’RE ACTUALLY MORE SURFER 60S GIRL BAND, PRETTY MELLOW. MAYBE THEY JUST HOOK ON TO SOME REBELLIOUS AESTHETIC OF THE GROUP?
doctor’ kind of attitude. It’s so cool to have this badass Iranian girl who likes punk. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR SONGWRITING PROCESS . K: Rahill writes the lyrics and comes up with the tunes in her head. Then she calls up us girls and we create our parts.
Rahill Jamalifard: Our attitude is pretty punk. I mean, Karen is punk. She grew up a New York City punk kid, through and through. Don’t let the cardigan fool you. So, I think it’s maybe the attitude. But on record, in terms of the songs…
R: Karen’s like, oh, yeah, I can hear drums.
Karen Isabel: On record we’re not punk.
K: When we started out thinking about drums that was always kind of what we wanted to do, you know, very Moe Tucker, minimal. I’d been playing in hardcore bands my whole life before this so it was kind of a nice change of pace.
R: Yeah, on record it doesn’t make sense. K: The most punk rock song on the album is the Tomboy song… R: And that sounds like a Blondie song. R A H I L L , Y O U R V I SUAL ART REMINDS ME OF M A R J A N E S A T R A P I (AUTHOR OF GRAPHIC NOV E L P E R S O P O L I S ) . THERE’S OBVIOUSLY THE M I D D L E E A S T E R N CONNECTION, BUT YOU ALSO B O T H H A V E T H I S KIND OF EDGE, AND YOUNG, FEMININE VIBE. R: That’s rad, I’m glad that it translates like that. When I found out about her I was just like, that’s so cool. I don’t identify all that much artistically, or even just as an individual, with many people from Iran because they have this whole ‘my brother’s a
I HEAR THEM EVERYWHERE! I LOVE YOUR DRUMS. THEY’RE VERY CAVEMAN THUMPY.
R: And she has a very cool innate style of going for tribal. Very minimal but very interesting. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING DRUMS, KAREN? K: Since I was 17, I’m 27 now. I used to do construction at this place that was being built into a record store and they were building a recording studio downstairs. The woman never really paid us but she had a drumset and said we could use it. Then she decided she wanted to start an all girl misfits cover band, and handed me a CD and said learn how to play that. And that’s how I started playing drums. R: And your mom’s boyfriend played drums? TO M TOM MA GA Z INE
Published on Jul 15, 2014
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