White City were the first western-style rock band to play in post-Taliban Afghanistan. They will release their debut album on February 14th 2014 and will be playing Austin's SXSW music festival between March 11th-16th 2014. Playing illegal underground bars, embassies and military bases in the war-torn country, the motley mix of British journalist, Ruth "Ru" Owen (vox/bass), Australian videographer, Travis "Travka" Beard (guitars/FX) and Swedish humanitarian worker, Andreas "Andronik" Stefansson (drums/percussion) met in Kabul in 2009 and formed the rock three piece. Using sandbags for soundproofing, their practice room, "Tora Bora Studios" doubled as a bunker and safe room and it was here the band wrote the reflections on Afghan life that would form the basis for their 2012 debut EP, Space Cadet. But the band weren't to be confined to a bunker for long. Travka founded Central Asia's only alternative arts and music festival, Sound Central, which saw 1000s of young Afghan men and women learning how to head-bang and enjoy everything from metal to hip-hop in a safe environment for the first time.
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