ISKA DHAAF

taken from Somali, translated roughly to “let it go”

The Wanting Creature takes the complications of loss, depression, and instability from Nathan Quiroga’s & Benjamin Verdoes’ personal lives and uses it as fuel for these new songs. The new work revolves around the theme of desire and how it manifests in each area of our lives, even our biology.

True to the form of their first album, the lyrics on TWC are rich, nuanced and layered. Every word is carefully chosen and there is a precise subtlety that allows the lines to continually unfold new meaning and imagery. The band took their early methods of composition and pushed them into a new realm of production. This was due to the band’s desire to move forward but also the spatial constraints of New York City. The arrangements are bathed in digital textures and explore entirely new sonic territory. Much like Phantogram, Liars, and other contemporary innovators, Iska Dhaaf have pushed themselves to a wider spectrum of possibilities and experimentation.

Vocals, Guitar / Nathan Quiroga
Keyboard, Drums / Benjamin Verdoes

 
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Fall Tour

 

09.02

BUMBERSHOOT FESTIVAL

SEATTLE, WA

09.04

LIQUOR STORE

PORTLAND, OR

09.06

TWO BAR

WENATCHEE, WA

09.07

BABY BAR

SPOKANE, WA

09.08

PLUS 1 FESTIVAL

MISSOULA . MT

09.09

NEUROLUX

BOISE, ID

09.10

DIABOLICAL RECORDS

SLC, UT

09.11

PHYSIC SYNTAX OPERA

DENVER, CO

09.12

MILK RUN

OMAHA, NE

09.14

LICORICE BEACH

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

09.15

THE HIDEOUT

CHICAGO, IL

09.16

PYGMALION FESTIVAL

CHAMPAIGN URBANA, IL

09.17

FOAM

ST. LOUIS, MO

09.18

FOOBAR

NASHVILLE, TN

09.20

SHEWOLF HAUS

ATHENS, OH

09.21

HYBRID MOMENTS

DETROIT, MI

09.23

SILVER DOLLAR

TORONTO, ON

09.25

BABY’S ALL RIGHT

BROOKLYN, NY

09.28

TBA

PHILADELPHIA, PA

09.29

HMAC

HARRISBURG, PA

09.30

VELVET LOUNGE

WASHINGTON, D.C.

10.01

CHARLIE'S CAFE

NORFOLK, VA

10.02

THE CAVE

CHAPEL HILL, NC

10.03

NEW MOUNTAIN THEATER

ASHEVILLE, NC

10.04

TBA

KNOXVILLE, TN

10.06

CALENDONIA LOUNGE

ATHENS, GA

10.07

MUSIC ROOM

ATLANTA, GA

10.09

SPACE BAR

ORLANDO, FL

10.10

MIRCOGROOVE

TAMPA, FL

10.11

926 BAR

TALLAHASSEE, FL

10.12

CIRCLE BAR

NEW ORLEANS, LA

10.14

TBA

LITTLE ROCK, AK

10.16

TBA

ALBUQUERQUE, NM

10.17

CARDIFF GAINT TATTOO

PHOENIX, AZ

10.18

TBA

LOS ANGELES, CA

10.19

HEMLOCK TAVERN

SF, CA

10.20

STARLITE THEATRE

SACRAMENTO, CA

News & Updates

 

Important Update

 
“Invisible Cities”...Listening to this song, I can imagine tearing through a cityscape in middle of the night, windows open and music blasting.
— yabyumwest.com
Nathan Quiroga hauntingly sings his narrative over the song’s blurry bassline and freakish melody.
— massappeal.com
The Wanting Creature’ is packed with ‘em, little shards of melodic sunshine that grab hold and won’t let go.
— clashmusic.com
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THE WANTING CREATURE

SHUT UP !

EVEN THE SUN WILL BURN

HAPPINESS

ALL THE KIDS