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Scratch The Surface with Surface Noise #02

Scratch The Surface with Surface Noise #02

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.⁠