Yellow Dogs friends, fans remember fallen Brooklyn musicians

The Yellow Dogs bowling in Brooklyn. Credit: Facebook
Post-punk dance musicians The Yellow Dogs bowling in Brooklyn.
Credit: Facebook

Metro’s original story can be read here.

Two of the Yellow Dogs’ music videos can be seen here.

As more details come to light of the tragic shooting spree that killed three musicians in East Williamsburg last night, the Brooklyn music community is remembering “the kindest and warmest band in all of New York.”

The band played a show at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg just a few weeks ago.

Adam Geringer-Dunn, the talent buyer at the venue, said in an email: “As friends and a music venue who had hosted Yellow Dogs many times, we are devastated to hear the news.”

Geringer-Dunn said the Iranian expats “were great guys and an easy band to work with.”

“Their music is fun and accessible and they were always down to play shows even on short notice,” Geringer-Dunn said, noting their “solid following in Brooklyn.”

“We could count on them to consistently put on a great show and bring people out,” he said. He added that their temperament was unique on the New York music scene, saying “that work ethic and consistency” is rare.

Over 100 people attended their Oct. 23 show, Geringer-Dunn said.

On Facebook, a band they played with at Brooklyn Bowl, Papertwin, posted a eulogy of sorts to their friends.

“As performers they were amazingly charismatic, innovative and captivating, and as people they were the kindest and warmest band in all of New York,” the band wrote on their Facebook wall. “We were honored to share the stage with them and have the friendship we had. We’re all so shocked and heartbroken.”

“We send all of our love to their family and friends. It’s way too soon and way too tragic to have to say goodbye like this. You will be missed,” the post continued. “We love you Yellow Dogs.”

Papertwin’s Nick Shopa told Metro they knew the Yellow Dogs for about three years, since they played their first show together.

“They were just one of those bands that we immediately clicked with,” Shopa recalled. “We liked their sound and they liked our sound and we just made it this thing, where a couple times a year we’d get together and play a show.”

Shopa described the young men as “the kindest, most gentle, loving people in any band I’ve ever met in New York.”

“They were incredibly nice guys and it was always great seeing them,” Shopa said. “They will be missed.”

The Yellow Dogs were fairly well-known even outside of the Brooklyn music scene: they were one of the bands in the prize-winning film “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” and one of their songs was included on the film’s soundtrack. They were also featured in a 2009 CNN piece on Iran’s underground rock piece, showcasing the little room where they practiced and the challenges they faced making music that was illegal.

“We don’t want to change the world,” bandmember Siavash Karampour told CNN. “We just want to play music.”

Karampour and another bandmember, Koory Mirzeai, were apparently not involved in last night’s shooting.

The journalist behind that CNN piece, Reza Sayah, took to Twitter on Monday to remember the young men he met four years ago.

“Interviewed #Yellowdogs in 2009 & decided I wanted to have sons just like them,” Sayah wrote. “RIP Sorough & Arash & Ali.”

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sister of accused Boston Marathon bombers arrested for…

The sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was arrested in New York City for threatening a woman over the phone, saying she could "put a bomb on you," police…

Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

Season 11’s top four dancers gave their final performances before America’s Favorite Dancers are announced next week.

Going Out

Labor Day in NYC: Make the last weekend…

Soon, it’ll be time for wool accessories and knee-high boots. Even the Pumpkin Spice Latte has already arrived — but we still have one last…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…