Quotes

"Pheroze has outdone himself with his second album Crows Into Swine... Pheroze’s sound resembles Soundgarden in their prime with a hint of early Danzig."

Metal Insider

"Pheroze puts that unusual background to work, playing everything but drums, and howling like an Eastern-transposed Ozzy Osbourne - Chris Cornell - Ian Anderson - Freddie Mercury - Bruce Dickinson - Frank Zappa banshee..."

Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

"...great solo debut, Driftwood, finds him taking a left-hand turn into singer-songwriter territory with a sound reminiscent of System of a Down’s Serj Tankian covering Jeff Buckley’s Grace."

Ron Hart, IRT Magazine

"...his music isn't modern metal, it's the early '70s more heavy-blues-gone- bad antecedent, only with middle eastern tones a plenty, like an LP of bastard sons of Zozo's 1975 opus "Kashmir.""

Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover

"LOVE THIS."

WYRD 101, wyrd101.com

About Pheroze

Pheroze always knew he was going to be a rock star, he just didn't know how he'd make it happen. With the impending release of his sophomore album, Crows Into Swine, the singer/songwriter is one step closer to realizing his vision.

Born in London to Zoroastrian parents, Pheroze's childhood was divided between the strict rigidity of Saudi Arabia where his parents worked and the abundant sights, smells, and sounds of India where his grandparents lived. “I grew up with the whole Bollywood scene at the same time as my mother was blasting Prince, Black Sabbath, and Queen in the house. Freddie Mercury was a fellow Zoroastrian, so she was hell-bent on him being part of my upbringing.” Those varied cultures helped develop
Pheroze's naturally distinctive worldly voice.

As a twelve-year old in fundamentalist Saudi Arabia, Pheroze took some huge risks to get a foothold in the music business. He decided to sell contraband copies of 'Penthouse' magazine to anyone who would buy them for a steep seventy bucks a pop. “I really wanted a guitar, and porn was illegal where I lived,” says Pheroze. “So it just made sense to take advantage of the horny kids there. In retrospect, it was probably not the greatest thing to do in a country that punishes that kind of stuff by cutting off people's various appendages.”

In 1997, Pheroze ventured to New York City to further his dream of becoming a real musician. He did everything he could to immerse himself in the thriving culture including interning at various record labels. Within a month of arriving in NYC, Pheroze fell into a gig fronting and managing the acclaimed hardcore metal band Scar Culture. The band's high energy and tight stage show, bolstered by Pheroze, quickly made them fan favorites on the metal scene. He was instrumental in getting the band a record deal with Century Media Records who released their critically acclaimed album Inscribe. After touring relentlessly behind the album, Pheroze made the hard decision to leave Scar Culture in 2002 to focus on writing music that more closely resonated with his creative urges.

After his departure from Scar Culture he found brief periods of resonance with local New York bands, Earthbound Smoke Ghost and Namanista, which featured Pheroze as their dominant songwriter.

Yearning to wear the complete artist hat full time, in 2007 Pheroze started working on his debut solo project titled Driftwood. With the exception of drums, Pheroze played all instruments and produced the entire record. He also explored his Indo/ Persian roots by incorporating the esraj, sarod, and gopichand on Driftwood. Mixing was done under the masterful ear of Nick Cohen (Redman, Ill Nino, Brian McKnight, 40 Below Summer). The result was an album born of cross-style agility and passionately theatrical ebb and flow. IRT Magazine likened it to “System of a Down's Serj Tankian covering Jeff Buckley's Grace” while The Big Takeover likened Pheroze's voice to an “eastern transposed Ozzy Osbourne– Chris Cornell- Ian Anderson- Freddie Mercury- Bruce Dickinson- Frank Zappa banshee.”

While Driftwood found Pheroze realizing the material he had held onto during his band days, his second release Crows Into Swine finds him conquering new territory. “These are songs written exclusively for this album – there are no left overs here. I challenged myself to write songs that resonate with other people as opposed to just writing for myself,” he says.

In addition to exploring new avenues with his pen, Pheroze also allowed producer Clay Holley (Adele, Aloe Blacc, Blakroc) into the creative process for the album. Released on November 1, 2011, Crows Into Swine is without a doubt Pheroze's most complete work to date. From the hard edged “Kingdoms,” to the subtly melodic “Wreckage of Liars” to the stadium ready “Show Me Tomorrow,” Pheroze sings about the issues affecting our world that most of us think to ourselves but are afraid to say out loud.

Even though the music on Crows is far more Rock n' Roll oriented than his previous solo effort, Pheroze's voice is more controlled than ever because he has learned to use it as an instrument. That development is partially thanks to the musical relationship between he and Holley. “Clay and I bonded over the recording of this album, it became a labor of love for us both. He really pushed me mentally and musically,” he says.

With 13 years under his belt and a brand new album on the way, Pheroze has realized a dream and he's living it everyday. “I write for illumination- mine and others. If people's humanity and spirit are moved by the music I create, then risking my appendage to buy a guitar all those years ago was worth it.”

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