“We are the perfect ironic match,” say Baris Kaya, referring to Barakka, who will be celebrating the release of their first recording, Uzaklardan (Barakkamusic), at Underground Arts this Saturday. The irony is that Barakka is your east-meets-west band turned on its head. When Kaya was growing up in Istanbul, the music that spoke to his soul was Megadeth and Metallica. “But, once I started writing alternative songs, metal was done, too limiting.” Kaya decided to spend a year in the States to perfect his English. He met Roger Mgrdichian and the Brothers Tayoun, William and Joseph, all having grown up here, playing straight-up Middle Eastern music. It gave him a new appreciation of the sounds his grandma favored on the radio. “I never played these rhythms at home, but it was in my blood!” They have been fine tuning Kaya’s Turkish folk-rock originals ever since. Kaya is pleased to report that the Turkish community here and back home are fascinated that people who don’t speak Turkish are so accomplished in their music. Radyo D (“Maximum Rock” all across Turkey) is airing their song, “Agit (Lament).” The big plan now is a Kickstarter to fund a video for “Agit” and its questioning of the super powers and wars. “There must be a better way,” says Kaya, and with the video he hopes to show that reaching out can make beautiful, energetic hybrids.
Sat., Dec. 8, 9 p.m., $10, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., undergroundarts.org.