Seattle based duo Iska Dhaaf (translates from Somali roughly to "let it go") do not sound like a two-piece, that's for sure. On their debut album, Even the Sun Will Burn, Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes blend elements of post-punk and psych-rock while maintaining a certain amount of poetic beauty to make the music appealing to a much wider audience. Tracks range from fast, hard, and raw, to utterly sweet, smooth, and charming.
They're on tour now in support of the album (dates below) and will be playing New Earth in Athens on July 11. I personally am quite looking forward to seeing Verdoes handling simultaneous duties on the drums, keys, and microphone. That's some serious multi tasking.
For a preview, check out their performance of "Everybody Knows" below.
Summer 2014 Tour Dates
6/30 Schubas - Chicago, IL
7/01 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
7/02 Ortlieb's - Philadelphia, PA
7/03 Fete - Providence, RI
7/05 Cake Shop - New York, NY
7/06 Rough Trade - Brooklyn, NY
7/07 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA
7/08 Metro - Baltimore, MD
7/09 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
7/10 New Mountain Theater - Asheville, NC
7/11 New Earth Music Hall - Athens, GA
7/12 New World Brewery - Tampa, FL
7/14 Back Booth - Orlando, FL
7/15 Pug's Live - Tallahassee, FL
7/16 The Den at Howlin Wolf - New Orleans, LA
7/17 Mohawk Inside - Austin, TX
7/18 City Tavern - Dallas, TX