"Do y'all want any pills?" Hassan Ali Malik asks an audience in the opening seconds of the new video from Muslim punk pioneers The Kominas. He's holding a pill bottle. "What are they?" someone shouts. "They're, uh, bananas," he says, and out spills a bunch of tiny, pill-sized somethings—probably Runts. And so begins clip for the Pakistani-American band's sunny, singable garage-punk jam, "Banana," the first of five new videos they plan to film and release before the year's out. Shot on VHS, the lo-fi footage follows the four-piece as they dart around Philadelphia—on rooftops, through grocery stores—their harmless, slightly subversive humor shining bright. There's a lot of actual bananas in it, even though the song is lyrically about hoping someone does't go crazy. "It's a post-punk song for children about struggling with religion and identity issues," the band says over e-mail. Even if you lose your mind and go bananas/ I'll stay by your side. It's pretty sweet, actually.
Watch a VHS Video for “Banana,” The Kominas’ Post-Punk Song for Children
The Muslim punk pioneers dart around Philly in the first of five new videos.
September 11, 2014