Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Saxophone, Piano, Background Singer, Other, Upright bass.


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Mystical Dance-Punk, Indie Rock

"Dancey love songs and sometimes some opinions on stuff..."

Sarmust, a Washington DC based Indie rock band is the brainchild of songwriter Omar Pitras Waqar, it explores a mixture between Dancey Proto-punk, and traditional music and poetry from different parts of the world (Caribbean, Middle-Eastern, South-Asian, African) borrowing from the mystically inspired yet secular Bollywood musical style of Filmi Qawwali. It attempts to create a new sound that is rooted in separation but ultimately about activism. The lyrics of the songs toy with Sufi notions of love, while still pounding the rebellious beat of dissent.

The guitars use ambient sounds like reverb and delay, and some times overdrive and octafuzz, the low end is filled up by keys with a rhodes bass sound, the top end of the keys tends to drone and sound like the vibraphone on an old Mehdi Hassan record. The drum beats come from every corner of the earth and lay the foundation for groove explorations.

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Member since:
Mar 04 2015
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Years together:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
29 years


Talking heads, Television, Gang of four, Q and not u, Rancid, Bad religion, Nirvana, Ravi shankar, Vilayat khan, Roshan Lal, Manna Dey, tabla beat science, dhol foundation,