New York bands played shows together prior to murder of two members of The Yellow Dogs earlier this month

Black Lips guitarist Cole Alexander has paid tribute to New York based band The Yellow Dogs following the murders of two members of the group earlier this month.

Alexander knew the band after asking them to support Black Lips having become aware of their back story through the documentary No One Knows About Persian Cats. The documentary details alternative bands from Iran and the Middle East, preceding the band’s arrival in New York, where Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand and their friend and collaborator Ali Eskandarian were killed.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Alexander says: “What’s so tragic is that they came to America to be safe. For them to be murdered – in Brooklyn of all places – is just beyond comprehension. I commend that band so much – they put themselves on the line for rock n’ roll, they were incredibly brave kids, and their deaths are just totally tragic. I wish more bands were as brave as The Yellow Dogs.”

Nada Surf and Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio were among artists who performed at a tribute concert to The Yellow Dogs in New York last night. They were joined on the bill at Brooklyn Bowl by Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic.

Spin reports that Malone, performing a solo set at the gig, said “I feel very honored and strangely humbled to participate in this. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the deceased. I think the only shadow effect that’s a positive that I can see right now is that it’s a reminder of the importance of community… It means something.”

A statement written by Siavash ‘Obash’ Karampour and Koory Mirzeai of the band, alongside their manager Ali Salehezadeh and Pooya Hosseini of Free Keys, the band the gunman Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie was a member of until 2012, was released last week.