Koshari

Koshari

 Falls Church, Virginia, USA
BandAlternativeRock

Built around the ethereal voice of Barb Western and the signature guitar playing of Bryan Baxter, Koshari blends the spacey, effects-drenched swirl of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver with the aggression and heaviness of the Deftones. The result is a creative voice at once familiar yet without close analog, that has been described by Kim Kirkpatrick of online magazine C60 Crew as "packed with atmosphere, beauty [and] substance."

Biography

Washington DC's Koshari  - built around the ethereal voice of Barb Western and the signature guitar playing of Bryan Baxter - blends the spacey, effects-drenched swirl of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver with the aggression and heaviness of the Deftones or Tool. The result is a creative voice at once familiar yet without close analog, that has been described by Kim Kirkpatrick of online magazine C60 Crew as "packed with atmosphere, beauty [and] substance."

Of course, if you've been in the DC area for the past fifteen years or so, listening to the right people, hanging in the right places, you've had the chance to find out for yourself. The band's first EP, Disenchanted, came out in 2001, attracting attention for its "haunting" and "unearthly" qualities and overall promise from both the Washington Post and Left of the Dial. Their debut full-length, Unless, followed in 2005, garnering praise from the Washington Post for its "expert use of guitar effects and non-classic song structures" and earning the distinction of being "one of the best local releases of the past year." For 2008's Reappear, Koshari slimmed down to a trio, but Western, Baxter (doing double duty on bass), and founding drummer Danny Ralston soldiered on to deliver a record that PopMatters hailed as establishing them as a true heir to the shoegazer tradition.

Koshari then delivered Light in Dark Places. Recorded live in a crowded basement in Arlington, Virginia, this album presented an exciting new aspect to the band's sound - being among the most direct and accessible the band had created, as on the charging and melodic "Same Today" or "The Last Goodbye." The ambitious scope of earlier records is still present, though, in epics like "Blue" or the slowly unfolding "The Dazzling Lies."

In 2014, Koshari released an all-analog double-single vinyl (Just in Time/Into Shreds) recorded on 2 inch tape at The Brink. These two songs are part of a larger collection of material, Embers, that was released on January 7, 2017. Embers is their first concept record and all of songs are snapshots of turning points in a relationship. Harry Evans, drummer and good friend of the band, has joined the ranks for this chapter.

Look for them in the DC area and up and down the Eastern seaboard. And keep your ears open.

Lyrics

The Last Goodbye

Written By: Barbara Western

Wandering so slow down deep this wicked road,
but I try not to hasten this time and not die.

Memories fly by so many dreams have passed me by,
but I try this time to stay high.

Gazing at ever-changing skies.

Squandering such sights wasting all these precious plights,
a siren's cry so I lengthen my drive and steer by.

Glancing at all the new suns arise.

Brake and brake and brake and stay the path.
Stop the count of miles to the last goodbye.

Winding down so fast breaking sleep to make it last,
but I try this time to take the ride.

Staring at all the dark night's surprise.

Brake and brake and brake and stay the path.
Stop the count of miles to the last goodbye.

I won't blink an eye.

Leave

Written By: Barbara Western

Leave
Here you are again. Did you come as a test for me? Every second ticking by breeds more of my apathy.
I'm not sure how I'm supposed to be right now, but I'll only ask nice once more, leave.
Because I don't know what to do with your smile - its so fake.
Get it all away from me. Thanks for killing every bit of sunshine. I give, and I give and you take from me.
Thanks for killing me baby. You are not my friend. How did you get inside so deep?
Every escape I try caves right in on top of me. I laugh at the help you pretend to show,
And I will only ask nice once more, leave. Because I don't know what to do with your smile - its so fake.
Take this all away from me. Thanks for killing all the sunshine. I give, and I give and you take from me.
Thanks for killing me baby. Take that smile, leave what's not dead. Stay out of my head.
This is not the end? Did you not hear my desperate plea? How many more pieces will you carve to fill your needs?
You're just a nightmare every waking moment. Take this all away from me. Thanks for killing every bit of sunshine.
I give, and I give and you take from me. Thanks for killing me baby.
Take that smile, leave what's not dead. Stay out of my head. Thanks for killing me baby.

Same Today

Written By: Barbara Western

Same Today
You don't know me now, and you never did. Tripping on your words, holding to what is said.
This misunderstanding, your misapprehension. Quick to see everything I'm not.
Same today. 1000 times the same. Things don't change somehow, they've just always been.
Standing on this ledge needing your firm cold ground. Drowning in these thoughts, clinging to one fine thread.
Same today. 1000 times the same. Be this way. Stop all these never-ending plays to mend my brain.
Constantly complicate, you underestimate me. Pretend to know my fate, you underestimate me.
If you could see me now, but you never will. Buried in your lies, faking the path of life.
Your misunderstanding, your misapprehension. Same today. I'll always feel this way.

Ditty

Written By: Barbara Western

Ditty
I see a new monster now, one without sharp teeth for his feast. And so this new monster has no beaming ray of
Light stealing you at night. But he'd have green eyes and a lovely smile so he'd still eat you up. And he'd
Have nice things and a heart of cash to buy you. And he scares me good. More than those things do. And he scares
Me good. Just like evil should. I see a new monster now greeting me at dawn, taking all our souls and living on.

Blue

Written By: Barbara Western

Blue
Coloring these pretty lines, she fills his world in. Suddenly this empty place, the days begin.
So soft, pale and fine. But somewhere inside. This path unwinds what's meant.
Fluttering with eyes so gray, so sweet so divine. Anxiously he questions why "a star is mine."
He steps on this ride. The spin rewinds times spent. Here they go laughing away.
Dark times have lost their binds this day. They laugh and laugh never looking back.
Laugh and laugh with hopeful smiles the same. Happily he pulls her close, just one more quick kiss.
He's thinking, all the things he might miss. Somewhere past times May break this stride again.
But here they go dancing away. Dark minds have brought in light today.
They dance and dance never looking back. Dance and dance, pretending there is no end to this game.
Stumbling round this carousel - around. Here they go laughing away. These times will mark their lives this day.
They laugh and laugh their time away. Dance and dance laughing their lives away.

Set List

All Originals/No Covers
Sets range from 30 - 75 minutes
Written over 50 original song songs, 2 - 8 minutes in length