When Hypernova first started playing shows in Iran's secretive rock scene, lead singer/guitarist Raam would always keep one eye on the door. In a country where playing rock music is forbidden, he and his band would need to sprint away from the authorities if they raided the gig.
"It was scary," Raam says. "We had to sound-proof everything we did when practicing and basically live in an underground room," he recalls. "But art strives off of fear and struggle. We were lifting spirits in an environment where people couldn't express themselves."
Once Hypernova's brand of dark dance-rock quietly exploded in Iran, the foursome dashed to New York in March 2007, then to Los Angeles soon after. Careful not to be pigeonholed as "some exotic band from the Middle East," the band spent last year honing its sound in the studio with producer Hedwig Maurer and mixer Sean Beaven (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson).