Kiosk is an underground Iranian music band founded in 2003 by Arash Sobhani in Tehran. Kiosk first made a name for itself by recording material considered “inappropriate” by the Islamic cultural authorities. Prevented from performing in public or publishing in studios in Tehran, Sobhani moved to the U.S. in 2005 where he led Kiosk to release the album, “Ordinary Man” probably the first Iranian underground album ever”officially”released in the west. The album was well-received by music critics and fans alike, both inside and outside of Iran. The album was made available on iTunes and other major music distribution channels in the West, a first for Iranian underground music.
Kiosk recorded their follow-up album in Toronto, entitled “Amor de la Velocidad.” Upon its release in 2007, the album hit #1 in sales on CD Baby. The title track music video for Eshgh-e Sorat, directed by Ahmad Kiarostami, became one of the most-viewed clip on youtube the week of its release. With the success of their sophomore album, Kiosk embarked on their first world tour, spanning from Bonn, Germany to Sydney, Australia. The band was met with both critical acclaim and welcoming fans over the world. Kiosk participated in several musical festivals along the way, including a tribute concert to Bob Dylan in LA, wherein they stood as the only non-English speaking band in the line-up.
In 2008, Kiosk returned to the studio to record their third album. At the state-of the art FM Studios, with the help of co-producer Sep V, the band developed “Global Zoo”. Guest appearances by Paul (Pazzo) Mehling of the Hot Club of San Francisco and Mohsen Namjoo, the legendary Iranian fusion musician, assisted Kiosk to build a richer sound, mixing traditional gypsy elements with modern rock. The track “Yarom Bia” became an instant hit, inspiring numerous remixes and extensive play at underground parties back in Tehran. The entire album was critically regarded as both mature and well-produced.
Pioneers of the underground movement of Iran rock music, Kiosk has been praised for their sharp, smart and satirical lyrics that highlight the paradoxes of Iranian society and the incompetent political system.