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Hypernova is a New York based Iranian rock band from Tehran. The band is made up of Raam, Kami, Kodi & Jam. Raam is the lead vocalist, Kodi is the lead guitarist, Kami is the drummer, Jam plays bass. Hypernova also has session musicians playing synths & keys at their live shows. Like many other Iranian rock bands, the group was formed in the wake of president Khatami's relaxed stance on cultural policies in Iran in the late 1990s and the early decade of the 21st century. Arguably, Hypernova is at the forefront of the Iranian "rock" movement, recently garnering the most attention and press coverage. This is not just due to the novelty of them being a rock band from Iran, but because they are being recognized as a solid rock band, with accomplished musicians that produce well-written songs. What is this all about? Four musicians, chiming guitars and driving rhythm, appealing baritone vocals, one great album, a couple of videos, tons of press, packing clubs in the Los Angeles area, and the usual love of playing rock n’ roll. Sick of politics? When thinking of Iran, you probably don’t consider that region of the world as being an alternative-rock hotbed. After all, the simple act of performing rock music there can lead to a public flogging, time in prison or harsh fines. That’s where Hypernova is from. After playing numerous secret gigs in underground parking lots in the late hours of night, the band decided to leave their homeland and let their music take them on its journey to Los Angeles, where they ended up recording their debut album, Though The Chaos, produced by Herwig Maurer and mixed by Sean Beaven (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, No Doubt). Where are they now? Recently relocated to NYC from Los Angeles, Hypernova have been rapidly winning over fervent new converts while also receiving an impressive amount of press from the likes of MTV, the New York Times, NPR, ABC and the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. The band is preparing an East Coast tour, which will launch with their performance at BMI’s CMJ showcase on Oct 22 in NYC Where are they going? Best said in their song “American Dream”: I know that I'll never go back home / To the life I had, the life that I had known / They put me on the cover of their Magazines / Scarlet skies and broken dreams / They promised me that we would change the world / For better or for worse / All I wanted was to rock n roll / All I wanted was to see the world / The happenings on the streets / And mingle with the kooks and beats Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.