When I’d heard of the murder of the members of Yellow Dogs this morning, I had no idea that among the victims was Ali Eskandarian, a talented musician I’d met three years ago. Raam, lead singer of Hypernova, a band I’d photographed some time ago in NYC, was looking for someone to do a set of videos to promote his new collaboration with Eskandarian called “Relics and Ruins”. I’d met up with them one evening at a Williamsburg loft and recorded these five tracks and also shot the band’s portrait (above).
The duo, unfortunately, broke up some months later but I’d listened to those songs countless times. The break up made me sad a little because I was certain they would make it big. I’d lost touch with Raam a year or so after that recording. I remember Ali to be quiet but he sang his heart out at every take. That evening was the first and last time I spoke with him.
These songs now take on a whole different meaning, at least for me, especially “This Life of Ours,” my favorite of the set.
Rest in peace, dude.