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The Kominas, whose name means 'bastards' in Punjabi, are a Desi taqwacore punk band and a South Asian mother's worst nightmare. Having met in mosque their music and lyrical imagery draws from anti-colonial and Moghul art, Moorish Science, Bhangra, Punjabi folklore, Islam, Hinduism and Bollywood. This re-configuration of two seemingly imcompatible cultural forms - punk rock and Islam - have earned The Kominas a cult following and an increasing amount of media attention.
The band's roots are found in The Taqwacores, a novel about Muslim punk rockers who smoke dope, read scripture, slam-dance, pray and have sex. Documented by white Islam convert Michael Muhammad Knight and published through Alternative Tentacles, the publisher and music label run by former Dead Kennedy's vocalist Jello Biafra, the novel acted as a manifesto for the band and influenced the subsequent taqwacores movement, a movement that The Kominas can be seen to pioneer.
In their own words, the Kominas don't want assimilation, they just want to 'blow shit up'.
Flats are here for everyone who lost interest in punk music in the early-90s when it got sanitised and lost any of its meaning. What they do is reminiscent of the uncompromising attitude of heroes such as Crass, and they're the first band to do that in over 20 years. Their debut EP was produced by Jamie Reynolds from Klaxons and has been on the receiving end of record label bids, some of which are actually in excess of a month on minimum wage.
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