When HYPERNOVA left their home country of Iran for the brighter pastures of the U.S., their mission was twofold: for freedom in their own personal universe and for freedom to create Western-style music without the threat of public flogging or other harsh punishments (which is tantamount in their home country).
In the process of assimilating to this newfound liberation, they created Through the Chaos, an album rife with the poetry of their struggle and filled with optimism for their future. Understanding the band's direction, Los Angeles-based indie label NARNACK RECORDS joined in the crusade and will be officially releasing Through the Chaos in March 2010.
"Narnack are an indie label in the truest sense," explains vocalist Raam about the band's new home. "They were the only label that made us feel like family. We are very passionate about the work we do, so it's very important for us to personally connect with the people that we are working with."
"Hypernova is more than just a band," adds Shahin M. Ewalt, Narnack President and CEO. "The band's music has the force of a movement I can’t quite describe, but I know it is something that invokes raw power, the kind that inspires people, bringing some sort of commonality, rather than the individualistic constraints which sometimes can confine the creativity and good will, that all of us have within ourselves."
That raw power has been hinted at and glimpsed by the thousands of audience members who have either seen Hypernova on tour with Sisters of Mercy or IAMX, at SxSW, or on their countless shows on both coasts of the U.S. Early features and reviews have afforded the band attention in ABC News, NPR, Wired, CNN, LA Times, Fox News, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, Reuters, NY Times, Time Magazine, MTV, and Anthem Magazine, among many others.
From the eerily chiming intro of "Universal" to the airy Psychedelic Furs-esque levity of "Lost in Space" to the fierce dance-rock of the first single "Fairy Tales", Hypernova's debut album is an homage to their love of Western music, seen through the eyes of a band who risked life and liberty for their chance at the American Dream.
"There are a number of things that we touch upon in this album, whether it be social and political themes or just songs about love," he explains, "but mostly the songs are about our own lives and all the stuff we've been through to make it here to the States. From the first track to the last, the album tells the story of our lives."
Originally founded in NYC and Brooklyn's underground music scene in 2002, Narnack Records fostered an independent environment that helped develop many new artists, such as Friends of Dead Martinez, Coachwhips, Iran and Langhorne Slim, as well as helped nurture many important and legendary acts, like The Fall and The Slits. In 2008, dub and reggae legend Lee "Scratch" Perry brought Narnack its first Grammy nomination. Over Narnack’s eight year history, it has become much more than anticipated, continuing its originality, dedication and love for all that comes to define it, and for what it has defined.
Hypernova's debut album Through the Chaos was produced by Herwig Maurer and mixed by Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, No Doubt, Marilyn Manson) and will be released on Narnack Records in March 2010. The first single "Fairy Tales" will be released in early 2010.