Live Review: Time Is Fire @ Pie Shop — 1/3/20

TimeIsFire32 Time Is Fire performs at Pie Shop on Jan. 3, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Have you ever seen a performance so unexpected that you were immediately inspired to share what you saw with anyone who will listen? I felt that way about DC psych rockers Time Is Fire when first I saw them at Black Cat several years ago. The arresting quintet was unlike any local band ever I imagined: Fronted by an Iranian singer, the gents burst with lively fire and joyful life.

Time Is Fire appeared at Pie Shop recently, and I had the opportunity to catch them again on an energetic bill, where three bands drew a big crowd to the buzzy upstairs music hall within Dangerously Delicious Pies.

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Don’t Miss: Loi Loi @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 4/28/18

LoiLoiComet05 Kristie Di Lascio fronts Loi Loi at Comet Ping Pong in DC on April 6, 2018.

Synthpop outfit Loi Loi perform at Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday, April 28, and the band is bringing along a lot of friends to celebrate the birthday of frontwoman Kristie Di Lascio on a bill that includes Mundy, Nihiloceros, and Time Is Fire.

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Don’t Miss: Time Is Fire @ DC9, 1/28/16 @ Comet Ping Pong, 3/5/16

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Time Is Fire perform at The Howard Theatre on April 20, 2015. (Photo by Kay Said/Courtesy Time Is Fire)

Back in July, I went to the Black Cat to check out the noir cinema pop of Brooklyn band KATIEE. However, like everyone else there, I was rather stunned by the opening act, DC psych quartet Time Is Fire.

The four men in Time Is Fire cite DC punk as an influence on their band, and occasionally they marry some post-punk guitar structures to their upbeat musical style. However, when they really get rolling, they become a full-blown psychedelic jam ready to enthusiastically throw down as a wandering dance party all by themselves.

Sometimes frontman Kamyar Arsani sings in English and sometimes Farsi, and the instruments in the band tend to move with him from more traditional rock to hazy Middle Eastern rhythms. It’s totally appropriate given that Kamyar is a daf player and Sufi poet who grew up in Tehran, where he absorbed both Western and Persian music. He is joined by drummer Jim Thomson (CSC Funk Band, Bio Ritmo, GWAR, Alter Natives), guitarist Matt Perrone (Alma Tropicalia), and bassist Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation, GoGoGo Airheart).

In November 2015, Time Is Fire released their self-titled debut EP, produced by Fugazi’s Brendan Canty, via Electric Cowbell. You can listen to the EP, and buy it, on Bandcamp:

Time Is Fire really come alive in concert. When they play, they are fully in their own world, weaving a sort of hypnotic field, but they also enjoying themselves so fully that it’s downright infectious.

Watch the official music video for “Fetneh,” which really manages to capture the energy of Time Is Fire in performance:

The band have announced two shows in the coming months. They open for Social Station at DC9 on Thursday Jan. 28, and then they appear with Prince Rama and SISTR MD9IGHT in a lineup at Comet Ping Pong on Saturday, March 5. Tix for the DC9 show are available at the door; tix for the Comet Ping Pong show are available online.

It’s well worth your time to check them out!

Time Is Fire
Opening for Social Station
DC9
Thursday, Jan. 28
Doors @8pm
$8
All ages

Time Is Fire
w/ Prince Rama and SISTR MD9IGHT
Saturday, March 5
Doors @10pm
$12
All ages

Music Park: The Caribbean @ Bossa Bistro & Lounge, 3/25/15

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The Caribbean, DC pop trio (or quintet, depending on when you catch them), perform tonight at Bossa Bistro & Lounge (2463 18th St. NW, DC) in support of their new album, Moon Sickness.

New song “Echopraxia” sounds like a pleasant blend of twee pop and folk music wrapped in a layer of sophistipop:

For more information, visit the Facebook event page for the show.

Local bands Time Is Fire and Insect Factory open for The Caribbean tonight.

The Caribbean
w/ Time Is Fire and Insect Factory
Bossa Bistro & Lounge
Wednesday, March 25
9pm
$5
All ages