Time Is Fire is a music group from Washington DC. The band indirectly originates from the DC punk scene by influence and residence but explodes the signature sound of the nation’s capital with a high-energy mix of Afro-disco, Mid Eastern-psychedelia and spaced-out dub. Produced and recorded by Fugazi/Rites of Spring drummer Brendan Canty, Time is Fire’s debut, self-titled EP transcends mainstream influences and incorporates strong global and experimental-fusion elements into their often psychedelic and funk-inflected music. A static blast of experimental radio from an imaginary country.
The quartet of DIY and DC music veterans, hailing from Alma Tropicalia, Thievery Corporation, Go Go Airheart, GWAR, Bio Ritmo, CSC Funk Band, The Alter Natives and Multiflora Productions, released their 4 song self-titled debut EP on November 20 on Electric Cowbell Records. Their first music video shows the band jamming on a song sung in Farsi, “Fetneh,” while Sufi poet and Iranian daf player Kamyar Arsani sings and dances with a distinctive enormous fez.