Several members of Iranian born group The Yellow Dogs have been killed in a murder-suicide incident.
A group of Iranian musicians who sought the creative climes of New York, Yellow Dogs earned cult acclaim with their frenetic, frenzied take on dance-punk. Well known in the Williamsburg scene, the New York Times reports that the musicians were granted asylum in the United States last year.
Tragically, two members of the band were shot dead in a murder-suicide incident yesterday (November 11th). Pitchfork reports that the shooting allegedly took place at their Brooklyn base, with Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), dying in the incident.
Alongside this, the band's friend Ali Eskandarian also perished before the shooter turned the gun on himself. A statement from The Yellow Dogs management reads:
"The shooter was not a former member of the band The Yellow Dogs, he was in another band from Iran and the two groups were acquaintances in the past. A personal conflict between the guys resulted in the dissolution of their relationship in 2012. The shooting resulted in the death of two of the members of the Yellow Dogs, Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandarian. The shooter died from a self inflicted bullet wound on site."
Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy was a friend of Ali Eskandarian, and penned an emotional tribute on his Facebook page.
"With Great Sadness and Shock today , I hear of the shooting of Ali Eskandarian , my young musician friend . Ali opened for my 2008 Retrospective Tour. My memory of Ali is one of a young man full of verve and love of lfe , at once committed to advocating for the easing of the subjugation of his people as well as forging ahead with stoic contemorary NYC music cool . That his end has been so sudden and tragic leaves us who knew Ali appalled. Our prayers go out to Ali's family and the families of his fellow band mates of The Yellow Dogs murdered alongside him."
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