Posted in music on November 13, 2013

From left to right: Ali Eskandarian, Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand
Yellow Dogs
Photo Credit: Gabriela Fellet

The Yellow Dogs have released an official statement on Sunday night's tragedy. Read it in full below...


Siavash 'Obash' Karampour and Koory Mirzeai of the band Yellow Dogs released the following statement this morning in regards to the triple homicide that occurred on the night of Monday, November 11. Two members of the band, Arash and Soroush Farazmand, were killed along with a fellow musician / friend / roommate Ali Eskandarian by an estranged former associate, Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, who committed suicide following the shooting. This statement was written by the surviving band members, Obash and Koory, with the help of their manager, Ali Salehezadeh, street artists Icy and Sot and friend / musician Pooya Hosseini of the band Free Keys:

We want to extend our deepest and most sincere thanks for the overwhelming support, love and encouragement we've been shown over the past few days, in the wake of such an incredible loss. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families of Soroush and Arash Farazmand and Ali Eskandarian, and will together share our sorrow.

Yellow Dogs and Free Keys met in Iran in 2006 with a shared vision of building a strong artistic and creative community. With all of the limitations that we faced there, we still found a way to express ourselves and create art that we believed in. We built an underground venue together so we could play shows, and forged strong bonds of friendship, love and support.

Yellow Dogs came to America in January 2010, and Free Keys joined in December 2011, with Icy and Sot arriving a year later, bringing our close-knit community together in America. Shortly after the Yellow Dogs arrived in New York, we met Ali Salehezadeh, our manager, and a few months later, fellow musician/author Ali Eskandarian - the group of us connected immediately, forming an instant bond. We rented a house together in Brooklyn, a refuge where we could pursue our dreams and make music together. Since that point almost four years ago, we've lived together, worked together, created together and fulfilled some of our wildest dreams together.

The transition between Tehran and New York was not without difficulties for Free Keys, whose bass player was unable to secure a visa in Iran. With shows already scheduled in New York, the band recruited a new member, Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie 'Rafi', before coming to the States. By the third show in May 2012, Free Keys decided to stop working with Rafi as a result of personal and musical differences. It became clear very quickly that he was not a natural fit within our group of friends, and his personal views conflicted with our approach to our art and to the world.

A few months later, both bands severed ties completely with Rafi and in the 14 months since then, we've had no contact with him at all. Free Keys enlisted new members and started to move in a new direction artistically, a decision that allowed drummer Arash to join his brother Soroush to play drums in the Yellow Dogs. With both bands' lineups complete, we were excited about continuing to work and create music together.

All of that ended Sunday night. Before committing suicide, Rafi shot and killed our guitar player and drummer, brothers Soroush and Arash Farazmand, and our roommate and dear friend, Ali Eskandarian, who was also a frequent guest vocalist for our band. Three days later, we're still here, still breathing but with a gaping hole in our hearts. For now it's impossible to even imagine a future without our friends, and no explanation can make sense or begin to justify what has happened to our lives. To say we are heartbroken does not come close. These are the darkest hours of our lives, we are in shock, awe, blinded with rage and paralyzed with grief. Ali Eskandarian was nearly finished with his memoir, Arash had just received political asylum from Iran and Soroush was hard at work on new Yellow Dogs material. Everything we had hoped and worked for was finally coming true...the future was so incredibly bright.

In the aftermath of these horrific events, we are left with pain, emptiness and so many questions that won't ever be answered. We wanted the world to discover us as we were: a community of musicians defined by our music, our friendships, our culture and our art. This is not the way we ever imagined the world would learn of our story.

As we face the greatest sorrow we've ever experienced, we're left with something that no one could ever take away from us - beautiful memories of our fallen brothers, friends who we love and so desperately miss. We will not forget the dreams we shared and this life that we built together - it's stronger, more permanent, more real and more full of life than any senseless, evil act could ever begin to take away from us. We will not let this disgusting brutality define us or become our story, but instead respond by creating music more passionately and with more intensity than ever before, embracing the freedom that we all dreamed would one day be ours back in Iran and play to honor those who should be playing next to us. That is who we are, and that is what we stand for, and we will strive to honor the lives of Ali, Arash and Soroush for the rest of ours.

We are currently planning a memorial service for Ali, Arash and Soroush, and will announce more details shortly. We are also organizing a benefit to help with the costs incurred by this tragedy. We would greatly appreciate if the privacy of our friends and family is respected during this difficult time. If you'd like to make a donation, you can do so here:

Help if you can.

And, though touched on above, we asked the band's publicist why, despite evidence to the contrary, Ali Eskandarian is never mentioned as a member of the band. The answer we got is:

ali was never an official member, he was their roommate and a very good friend, and a sometimes appeared as a guest vocalist. he contributed vocals on their tour this past march, which is [why you're seeing] those reviews / live photos. he was a solo artist and was focusing on his own stuff. the core members of the band are:

Siavash 'Obash' Karampour (vocals, guitar), 24
Koory Mirzeai (bass), 26
Soroush 'Looloosh' Farazmand (guitarist), 27
Arash Farazmand (drummer), 28

Regardless, it all sucks, and our condolences go out again to the band and friends and fans and family.

PREVIOSULY: The Free Keys & surviving Yellow Dogs members pay tribute to slain brothers; NY Post still the NY Post ++++ Wikileaks docs



Comments (71)

RIP, so sad

Posted by a friend | November 13, 2013 2:17 PM

"...and his personal views conflicted with our approach to our art and to the world."

If I'm reading between the lines correctly, he sounds like this guy had the mindset of a violent extremist already in him.

My condolences to all those involved and affected.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:20 PM

Amazingly heartfelt letter, until the last paragraph when it became a request for money and sullied the whole thing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:21 PM

Yeah, I don't get the money thing either. For their families? For what?

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:26 PM

Amazingly heartfelt letter, until the last paragraph when it became a request for money and sullied the whole thing.

>> typical asshole cynical response....

I'm donating right now not only to help these guys out during this tragic time for them but also to spite people like you...
may you never have to bury your best friends.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:28 PM

This band is really not fading and their music is still cool and kind of entertaining.

Posted by Dennis Wong | November 13, 2013 2:29 PM

really, really terrible. thoughts to them.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:31 PM

This tragedy is literally the stupidest and most annoying moment in the history of rock and roll.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:32 PM

221 typical hipster from ohio. yea because organizing a benefit event costs nothing right? go back to your basement!

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:39 PM

I'd like to help see, my Uncle is a rich prince in Nigeria...

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 2:47 PM

icy and sot are beyond talented. they should do a kickstarter fundraiser w/ stencils and prints; would make thousands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:50 PM

Nice writeup. Life can be shitty sometimes. RIP Yellow bros.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 2:57 PM

@2:40 I couldn't get past the word "there."

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 3:06 PM

can we disable comments already?

Posted by michaelj | November 13, 2013 3:19 PM

I wish the entitled yuppie and most likely mid-western morons who post comments like 2:32 would have tragedy hit them a bit more frequently

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 3:33 PM

Seriously, disable the comments. On everything here, unless if it's cool with you guys to have a place for piece of shit racists with "I couldnt get past there names."

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 3:37 PM

Amen 3:37.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 3:49 PM

Fuck the remaining members of this shitty wannabe hipster band that only got publicity/attention/props because of where they're from / because they're from Iran (big deal) for asking money less than a week after the massacre happened.

Pay for your own funerals. I mean if people who know and/or support you want to give money, cool, but to ask strangers to kick in is arrogant and presumptous. Go ask your friends, families, and fans. It's awful what happened but at the end of the day I could give two shits about your murdered friends when it comes to what you have to do for them. People are murdered all the time - you don't see them reaching out to the public to ask for money. Only bands.

Which leads me into this: WTF is with this recent (2010 on?) culture in the music world where when something costs money, something bad happening or not, the band calls on the public to donate money? I honestly can't find instances like that in any other art form. I mean has a writer been savagely beaten by a pack of thugs and come online to ask for donations? I don't know.

E.g. These JERKOFF hardcore bands (mostly them/them more often than not) who ask for money for stolen equipment. Ever heard of watching your gear or having someone watch it? Carrying your guitar? If I had an irreplaceable guitar and I was on tour, it would be on me at all times including sleep.

Bands/musicians are so self-entitled and lazy.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 3:58 PM

They're asking for financial help to bury their friends, you assholes. Contrary to whatever you may think, dying is not cheap. Even opting for cremation comes with a cost. RIP, boys.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 3:59 PM

What is with the recent trend of grouping "hipster" with "midwesterner"? In my experience most of these people are upstate/LI kids from/who dropped out of lower tier SUNY schools.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 4:05 PM

To "D" who posted that "bands/musicians are so self-entitled and lazy."

Musicians often hold down 2 or more jobs, while still maintaining the mostly unpaid job of being a musician. They are among the most hard-working people I have ever met. I have nothing but respect for them. Take the time to educate yourself on the economics of being an independent musician before inaccurately labeling them as lazy.

Posted by bitterblue | November 13, 2013 4:19 PM

3:59pm Yeah they're asking for financial help to bury their friends from strangers. Ask for help from people you know first, if you're ultimately gonna ask for help from the general public, and if it isn't enough money chances are you won't raise the money because if people you know don't have enough money, chances are total strangers won't. Who are these guys to be asking for money anyway?

4:05pm Hipsters don't come from upstate, LI, or SUNY schools, they come the Midwest and the West Coast, primarily.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 4:21 PM

D-- congrats on the most self-defeating rant of the year. I suffered through that entire pile of steaming dogshit only to come out of it with the knowledge that you're a whiny little bitch that probably doesn't have any real problems of your own other than the fact that you don't have a girlfriend and are most likely talentless and lacking a single morsel of imagination. i read the statement from The Yellow Dogs then read your reaction and there is no question that your words were, by far, more of a waste of my time and everybody else's. thank you for not being a musician, though. i do appreciate that much. Limp Bizkit already came and went, bud. you can un-pause your game now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 4:29 PM

They have the same haircut as my crotch.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 4:31 PM

they weren't as good as the Fearless Iranians from Hell.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 4:33 PM

4:24pm It's generally accepted that the Universites of Albany, Binghamton, Stony Brook, and Buffalo are the top tier SUNYs while the middle tier SUNYs are Fredonia, Genessee, Plattsburgh, and Purchase. Then again, it could be argued that Albany, Binghamton, Stony Brook, and Buffalo are top tier by design and necessity as they have the most students thus need the most money to operate, so when you think about it, there aren't really "top tier SUNYs", just top funded ones.

4:29pm Self-defeating rant? Hardly. I have a girlfriend - you should concentrate on getting one yourself instead of being the only whiny bitch between us crying that I don't like people asking for handouts, especially people who have done little or nothing in the NYC music scene besides get props only because they're from Iran (again big fucking deal) like Yellow Dogs. I think it's wack that they're already asking for money from strangers. It tells me they haven't asked money from family and friends first and try to pay for it themselves as they should.

I'm a waste of your time only if you read my stuff and if I'm a fool you're the fool who follows thus the bigger fool. BTW speak for yourself re: what others think. Now you can post as multiple people like you always do and when you do that please use some brains and not reply to me two or three times within twenty minutes like you usually do as it's so obvious it's you.

Limp Bizkit the band you wacked off to in the early-mid '90s? Not me, "bud". The fact that you mentioned them of all bands tells me/us all YOU listened to them and hate yourself for it.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 4:55 PM

I feel that if comments were disabled on brooklyn vegan it would make CNN

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 4:56 PM

^ BS it would just make BV less readable.

BV should pay me for the viewership I generate haha.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 5:00 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:01 PM

holy crap go fuck yourself you douche. Keep your stupid shit away from this tragic event...

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:13 PM

Sounds exactly like what someone without a girlfriend would say on the internet. Also someone with a very small D.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:29 PM

@3:58 AKA the fucking biggest abortion of a human being on the internet today. not only do they have to pay for their friends' fucking funerals, they likely have to pay for the bodies to be transported home to the families in iran. and their fucking apartment just got destroyed by a psycho with an assault rifle. Ive seen a shitload of people asking for places to donate money to help cover costs, and due to the amount of attention this story is receiving, I think it's safe to say they've had a lot more people asking the same they set up a link for those that are interested, get over it. go change your tampon and spare the world of your ignorant novel length rants abt things that are fucking sad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:31 PM

It seriously makes me sad how this tragedy is probably the best publicity they're every going to get (mostly because of the way how even sites like BV are motivated) but none the less, I do hope they keep making music, and make the best art they can in their bandmates/brothers' honor.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:33 PM

D is clearly not a lawyer. his "counterpoints" are laughably stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:36 PM

D's girlfriend: Fatty Patty , the inflatable plastic blow-up doll.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:41 PM

^ Novel rants you don't have to read motherfucker. First off fuck this band. I and legions of other people could give a fuck about this band. Fuck them for asking for money less than a week after the massacre happened and not specifically saying where the money is going to. If it's to cover funeral costs, say so. What's to stop them from just disposing of the bodies and collecting the money? Wasn't this massacre about a money dispute? I'm supposed to trust this money will go to the right people when a money dispute was the trigger for this massacre. Fuck that. It's their right to ask for money and your right to give it but it's also my right to not give it AND say they're wack for asking for money and asking for money so soon. Too bad if you don't like it bitch.

I am sick and tired of people asking strangers to pay for what they and they only should be paying for. Pay it yourself and stop asking for others to foot the bill.

I don't have to "get over it". You, however, need to get over that there are many people out there who don't give a fuck about these guys because who the fuck are they to receive money? Put in work and then you can ask for shit if something terrible happens. Yeah they're from Iran and a member went crazy and killed two of them, himself, and a friend. And? Ok? Most people don't ask for money for funeral costs. Oh wait, they were a BAND so it's ok to ask for handouts from strangers, ok.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 5:41 PM

5:36/5:41pm (five minutes between posts)

I don't have to be a "lawyer" re: this matter.

No one on here and 99.9999999999% of the music world gave a flying fuck about this band until two members and a friend was killed by a psycho.

Go ask for money from that 0.0000000001% who cared.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 5:46 PM

#smh at this "D" fellow rustling up these poor mourners. First shitting on DIIV (and missing the mark).. and now this? You're off your game bro. Stick to the sausage threads.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:46 PM

D's a little hurt deep down inside because he knows the world will barely muster a fart when he dies.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 5:47 PM

I have reread my thoughtless and heartless posts and want to sincerely apologize for trolling this site. I don't know what I was thinking. I promise to try to be a better person and when I can't, to at least keep it to myself.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 5:56 PM

5:47-5:56pm No one will give a fuck about you and nice try asshole.

Folks if you're gonna post like you're two people attacking me, have your posts be at least an hour apart, not at 5:47pm and 5:56pm LOL.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 6:05 PM

I am the real D and I would have never said the awful, insensitive things above. Please don't believe the imposter.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 6:25 PM

Sad story. Hope the remaining members can come out of this positively somehow.

Posted by vFunct | November 13, 2013 6:40 PM

Just kidding, everyone. Love to all of you.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 6:47 PM

get bent

Posted by blayne | November 13, 2013 7:04 PM

Yeah, I suck...I'm very sorry, I do have an issue with substances and when I am jonesing I turn into a monster. I'm truly very sorry and I hope the wounds of this bullshit tragedy heal soon. Peace all. And sorry again.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 7:17 PM

I couldn't imagine if this shit happened to my friends, absolutely terrible. Hope the other guys keep playing.

As far as everything else, 5:31 pretty much said what everyone else is thinking.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 7:49 PM

Disabling comments is for sensitive pussies.

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 9:00 PM

You're right guys, I'm a worthless piece of shit. I know it.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 9:37 PM

Why would you all do this here, out of all threads?

Posted by Anonymous | November 13, 2013 9:46 PM

Sorry. I feel real bad for them, bt the crowd funding request is bizarre. I saw the doc, they all come from families tht can afford to help them, I think it's a weird hipster oblivious request( and not making fun, I'm a hipster too).

Posted by Macy | November 13, 2013 9:49 PM

7:49pm Eat a dick you little anklebiter and no one speaks for anyone here.

6:25/6:47/9:37pm is the same sad, pathetic person with no life so much he's imitating me.

Posted by D | November 13, 2013 11:37 PM

this is sad,

Posted by jebus fiest | November 14, 2013 2:30 AM

Suicidal 4 Life!!!!

Posted by D | November 14, 2013 5:01 AM


Posted by D | November 14, 2013 5:08 AM

I am D

Posted by D | November 14, 2013 8:26 AM

"What is with the recent trend of grouping "hipster" with "midwesterner"? In my experience most of these people are upstate/LI kids from/who dropped out of lower tier SUNY schools."

Huh? What gave you this idea? Maybe these scarves claim to be from those areas (in order to throw people off), but almost every hipster I've bumped into turned out to be from California, not the Midwest (although there are probably a handful from there also).

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2013 10:06 AM

5:01/5:08/8:26am get a fucking life.

10:06am Hipsters come from Cali and the Midwest mostly. Some come from the Northwest.

Posted by D | November 14, 2013 10:51 AM

Sorry guys, I'm fucked up in the head. I need to get a life. I'm just a stupid bitch ass, Chinese cocksucking nobody.

Posted by D | November 14, 2013 11:40 AM

You will actually be as important you slag, have got his Judge, I'll show the world you're a fake with your Breakdown ABC's. Glory hole cock rockers get real singers. Burn and Supertouch his first show, the same guy. Homophobe cum are lyrics off your face. Revelation. Revelation. Revelation. Nausea. Don't forget to put on your 14-year old ass. Lie about Nausea. A piece of shit is still Garden Religion. Still tight with fuck age fans. I saw and bought records by five of those murders myself. THREE shows and the biggest sack. Punk rock shows on thursday nights corrected your fucking caveman ass, obsessed with dickbag biking and important frothing. Descendent cousins fuck for indian summer behind the Burn ass Scapegrace with Animal Crackers, plus a daughter with fuck Judge 2013. Lazy under the skin with beads and dogshit. Lies about elitist christ. Have got his panties, show the world.

Posted by D | November 14, 2013 12:49 PM

you're attacking each other on a 'Net post announcing a tragedy. shameful.
I dunno about this trend of people asking for money online but some of these comments are plain hateful.

Posted by Jeff | November 14, 2013 1:06 PM

I just found out who this "D" is -- you guys would be shocked.

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2013 1:19 PM

1:19, a sexless 50 year old loser that spends most of his time on the internet?

Posted by Anonymous | November 14, 2013 1:51 PM

guys... I thought about it. My bust. One love, y'all

Posted by D | November 14, 2013 4:52 PM

1:19pm Yeah who am I? Enlighten us all.

'Love this no-life idiot impersonating me. 'Love that I've gotten under your skin that much.

Hey the bad German/French/Spanish to English translation isn't funny, get some new material.

1:51pm Why are you so concerned with my sex life? Is it because you have none? Yep. Worry about yourself and trust me, I have nothing to worry about.

Posted by D | November 14, 2013 7:00 PM

I just found out who this "D" is -- you guys would be shocked.

Posted by making money online | December 22, 2013 5:32 AM

"brilliant." - you mean genius

Posted by best cheap oscilloscope | January 26, 2014 7:54 AM

Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie was not a member of the Yellow Dogs. He was a member of the Free Keys, and they kicked him out of their band. He was just a person who swarm with the crowd, but wasn't one to fit in the fast competitive music scene in Brooklyn and took his failed music career, so to speak, out on the Yellow Dogs. 

Posted by Ariel | February 28, 2014 5:43 AM

I'm with the others that it's so sad to learn of this band from the a tragic news story. What the fuck is wrong with some people thinking that a gun is the answer??? Despite my great sadness right now, this fantastic song/video made me smile. So sorry Yellow Dogs that a coward had to end your lives and career.

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