Koory, Looloosh and Obaash met and formed the way of young rock bands since time immemorial: Hanging out at a local park as teenagers, among skaters and punk rockers, they bonded over their mutual tastes and began playing together. It's a pretty standard, unremarkable story — except it took place in Iran, where, as Koory puts it, "you can find instruments, but the problem is that you're probably going to get the shittiest ones, at triple the price," and where the legality of pop music is, he says, similar to that of marijuana: You can buy the supplies, but don't get caught fooling with the substance. In Brooklyn, where Yellow Dogs currently reside, forming a post-punk band with your friends is about as remarkable an activity as ordering Thai food. In Tehran, it was like more like a covert operation. And, lo and behold, the music they produced, the four-song EP Upper Class Complexity, crackles with more life, wit, tension and imagination than most of their peers. Maybe there's something to be said for having to work for it.
Honey Wild is a Rocknroll band from Brooklyn. Named after a favorite Beach Boys record, 1967's Wild Honey, they draw influence from melodic 60s rock, as well as the frenetic Afro-Pop of fellow New Yorkers Dirty Projectors and Vampire Weekend. The band formed in late 2011 through mutual friends at Williamsburg's Blackbird Parlour (since closed), where front-man Joe Stevens was working as a line cook and soon met college friends Andy Payne and Steven Laing. They began practicing in a storage unit in Queens, and forged a sound balancing pop sensibility with inventive, sometimes A.D.D. structure. Songs often surround city life and bohemia, merging the bizarre with the everyday. In April of 2013, the band released a three-song EP, Mea Culpa, and toured the Midwestern U.S. for two weeks. Currently, they are working on new material for a debut album and playing shows throughout the city. Joe Sparrow of ANBAD writes, "[the music] immediately elevates itself from good guitar pop to good guitar pop with added curiosities. And all of a sudden, Honey Wild are a band to watch."