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Second Presence of Tehran's 127 Music Band at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin - It is quite hectic. The rock music band 127 is going to participate in the prestigious SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas for the second time, while unfortunately their drummer player has not yet obtained the required permit to leave the country, because he has just been graduated from university and has not served his military service.




127 is the first Iranian rock music band touring US, holding successful concerts in New York, Boston and Washington in 2005, after they lost to attend the same festival because their US clearance visa did not arrive on time. But they made it in 2006 and were the first Iranian music band ever performing in an important event in the field such as the SXSW festival. They returned home to get prepared to begin another tour in USA in the autumn of the same year, when suddenly, it was announced that not only the monetary deposit required to be paid by students who wish to travel abroad has been tripled, but beside medical reasons, they would issue the temporary permit of absence from the country, only to those students wish to go on pilgrims to holy cities (atebaat). The problem was even if they could convince the authorities to give them that permit, being from middle class families whose fixed income is just sufficient to "keep their cheeks red by self-slapping" as expressed in a Persian proverb, the monetary deposit was a great obstacle difficult to surmount. After all, they were just an underground music band, not a sport or scientific or even a traditional Persian music ensemble to enjoy support and recommendation from corresponding organizations and the government.




So they lost the aforementioned tour and several others in Europe and although a serious blow for any young creative human being, standing on the threshold of adult circle of life, but what the members of the band suffered was in a way nothing compared to what happened and still happens to a considerable number of young people throughout the world, dying and getting injured in wars, suffering imprisonment, execution and...


Two years passed, 127 survived the above blow and several smaller ones, such as the censorship of their track "My Little Terrorist Song" from an album of Iranian musicians produced in England. Fortunately, not only its members did not give up, but continued their "Full-Time Job" as musicians, producing their new album called Khal Punk, now under production by the Swedish company Phisteria, who had previously produced a selection of their works called Magnitizdat (Songs of Hope and Terror) and were invited once more to play in the same festival and hopefully perform more or less the same US tour they missed. Alas, their drummer player is still here and can not join others who while waiting for their US visa clearance to arrive will perform the first concert of their 'tour' in Dubai (Feb.29th), because meanwhile he graduated and is no longer a student to enjoy the above "privilege,"



Photos of the Dubai performance







Here we are waiting for a 'miracle' to happen, so that he would obtain the required permit to join them at least for the above festival and the rest of their tour.


If interested to listen to some of their tracks, you can visit their site at:



Band Members Sohrab Mohebbi, Alireza Pourasad, Salmak Khaledi, Sardar Sarmast, Shervin Shahamipour, Yahya Alkhansa
Influences dylan, davis, parker, radiohead, alizadeh, nazeri, chet, carver, iggy, whatever...
Sounds Like sad o bist o haft, no smoking(not these), cake, tom waits...
Type of Label None



And if you liked their music and just happen to be in US, you can find them at the Time-Places listed below. Their tour, including 24 concerts starts from 4th of March from Houston, TX and continues until April 2nd 2008.



127 U.S. Tour Dates 


Mar 5 2008 10:00A
Notsuoh Houston, Texas
Mar 6 2008 10:00P
Brasil Houston, Texas
Mar 7 2008 11:00P
Dean's Credit Clothing Houston, Texas
Mar 8 2008 10:00P
Super Happy Fun Land Houston, Texas
Mar 9 2008 10:00P
TBD San Antonio, Texas
Mar 11 2008 8:00P
Friend's Bar Austin, Texas
Mar 12 2008 1:00P
Peacock Lounge Austin, Texas
Mar 13 2008 1:00P
United States Art Authority Austin, Texas
Mar 13 2008 9:00P
Habana Annex Austin, Texas
Mar 14 2008 1:00P
TBD Austin, Texas
Mar 15 2008 1:00P
The Rhisome Collective Austin, Texas
Mar 16 2008 1:00P
DMI Headquarters Austin, Texas
Mar 16 2008 1:00P
Friends of Sound Austin, Texas
Mar 18 2008 10:00P
TBD Denton, Texas
Mar 19 2008 10:00P
TBD Denton, Texas
Mar 20 2008 10:00P
TBD Forth Worth, Texas
Mar 21 2008 10:00A
TBD Dallas, Texas
Mar 22 2008 10:00P
Club Dada Dallas, Texas
Mar 23 2008 10:00P
TBD Dallas, Texas
Mar 27 2008 8:00P
vault350 Long Beach, California
Mar 28 2008 8:00P
Fat City San Francisco, California
Mar 30 2008 8:00P
Blake's Berkely, California
Mar 31 2008 8:00P
Elbo Room San Francisco, California
Apr 2 2008 8:00P
The Fun House Seattle, Washington official web site 127@myspace 127 @ you tube  phisteria records


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