The Kominas are a situationalist punk band, a la Sex Pistols, modeling themselves after punk bands in 1977 who made careers out of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Much like the Pistols' Anarchy in the UK or God Save the Queen, The Kominas wrote songs like "Sharia Law in the USA" or "No one's gonna honor kill my baby but me."
Having released four albums to date, The Kominas have received praise from notable thought leaders like Rolling Stone, VICE, FADER, NPR, and The Guardian. They regularly perform at festivals and colleges throughout the United States and Europe, having shared stages with notable artists across borders and genres, including Jello Biafra, DJ Rekha, Black Lips, Heems, King Khan, Bobby Friction, and Discharge. The band was featured in an award-winning documentary entitled "Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam" bringing the story of their creative missions to audiences worldwide as they attempted to forge a punk music scene in Pakistan.
The band launched their latest album "Stereotype" to much critical acclaim in 2015, and premiered a thought-provoking music video tackling xenophobia for the single "See Something, Say Something" in conjunction with NPR Music. They also reworked a classic Pakistani burlesque tune by Noor Jehan into the theme song for the upcoming documentary Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan.
The Kominas kicked off 2016 by being thrown out of a Donald Trump Rally. They are set to record a new album, launch several videos, and are looking to tour heavily throughout this year.
Giant Kitty continues the tradition of strong female voices in punk while bringing along eclectic influences, diverse backgrounds, and a comedic sensibility. This four-piece combines elements of punk, new wave, hard rock, and riot grrrl to make both relevant and irreverent songs full of energy and sharp lyrics. Their sound is often described as a mix between the Runaways, Bikini Kill, and Blondie.
Known for their intense live shows, Giant Kitty is just as at home opening for national and international acts like Shonen Knife, Dressy Bessy, Girl in a Coma, and Peach Kelli Pop as they are in festivals like Dallas’ Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Houston Whatever Fest, and headlining therepubliqfest 2016 SXSW showcase. They conducted an actual wedding between band founders Cassandra Quirk (guitar, background vocals) and Trinity Quirk (drums) officiated by Miriam Hakim (vocals) in the middle of a show and helped organize an Inauguration Day show called “We Belong: Houstonians of Muslim Descent Dissent” which raised nearly $2000 for the ACLU of Texas and was covered by every major Houston news outlet and the Huffington Post.
Their debut album, “This Stupid Stuff,” dropped January 2016 and addresses topics from the serious to the ridiculous over energetic, aggressive, and danceable music. Produced by Spin Doctors bassist Mark White, the album was recorded by Joe Omelchuk, mixed and mastered by two time Grammy nominee Roman Klun, and distributed by Brooklyn label Innsbruck Records. The first single, “Don’t Stop That Bus,” was named one of the best songs of 2016 by the Houston Press. Its music video garnered over 15,000 views in the first week alone and was made entirely out of paper puppets and sets. The second video, “This Stupid Stuff,” chronicles daily activities of a variety of people while they are plagued by post-it notes with slurs and insensitive remarks. Striking a chord with many people, the video premiered on Colorlines and Spark Mag and within a week spread through the Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine, Bustle, Take Part, the Ladies Finger, and even Kathleen Hanna’s twitter account.
In 2017 Giant Kitty goes back to the studio to record their second album, “Rampage.” The album appears on Roologic Records in June 2017 and will be accompanied by multiple music videos and a national tour with the Kominas. Four songs from “This Stupid Stuff” will be featured in the 2017 short film Acid Test by Jenny Waldo which has been accepted for distribution through platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Video. Additionally, the song “No Home” will be featured in 2017 horror film “Party Time.”