Haram has grown to be an important force in modern hardcore punk — and a band at odds with the immediate world around them.
The band translates the oppressive experience of being Muslims in New York into fast, exasperated, and restorative music, emblazoned by lyrics in Arabic.
"Arabic, sonically, as a language, is harsh and intimidating, and I intended to express it as beautiful as it is to me. I wanted to bend the language to my will and work it back into my identity.
To an English listener, my shouting is intended to serve as a culture shock. A culture that has been destroyed and demonized is thrown in your face. I always hid that part of me — that I knew the language — and when Haram formed, I knew that I wanted to [push] that to its farthest reach."
Surface Noise features Haram and a fantastic range of punk, garage rock, emo and power pop acts on the newest episode of Scratch the Surface.