About the band

With songs in Arabic & English, Kuwaisiana is a bilingual alternative rock trio based in Seattle-Tacoma 🇰🇼🇺🇸🇵🇸Inspired by +Aziz’s Kuwaiti-American identity, they provide an articulation of Arab angst and the bliss of becoming one through music. 

+Aziz originally formed the band as an 8-piece (New Orleans, 2016) and then re-formed it as a trio (Seattle, 2022) with Yousef Shami (drums) and Brian Riedel (bass).


What’s @yousefshamidrums reading about? 

#bookworms #reading #seattle #readmorebooks #arab
We had an absolute blast on Friday, hands down the most fun night since getting together. It was @layla.riedel’s birthday alongside the venue owner’s 🤯NEXT SHOW: 5.19 at Royal Room. Featuring @omarhagagonemanband on oud #inshallah

Insider factoid: This venue is where Nirvana played their first Seattle show!

#seattle #weekendvibes #friends #nightout #musicians #selfie #arab #kuwaiti
Back at it this Friday ⏰ Seattleites join us 8PM tomorrow @centralsaloon as we open the set for Mike’s b-day bash!

10:20pm - @chrome_lakes
9:30pm - @fleshproduce 
8:45pm - @kingnajmusic 

Cover $10 / Doors 7pm 

#seattle #livemusic #showtime #happybirthday
Come celebrate a most special venue owner with us on Friday April 12th 🎂 Really pumped to open up the set for @chrome_lakes and @fleshproduce. More details coming soon!

#seattle #birthday #seattlelife #legends #pnw
We counted 12 shows in our first year together. Can we bump it up to 24 this year? We have 3 next month alone 😬

BONUS 🎁 🎉 New music video for Lost Empire drops 4.19. Can’t wait!!

#seattle #livemusic #arabs #bands #rock #rockmusic
Thanks for showing love to our latest Reel!! Join our mailing list ‘Tribe of Tribes’ on our website or go to Linktree🧾 Next shows are Friday 4.12 @ Central Saloon and Sunday 5.19 @ Royal Room. More tix info coming soon!

#seattle #capitolhill #newsletter #nevergiveup #neversettle #arab #grunge
Brian communicating with the bass Gods. Really enjoyed playing this little bar in Tacoma ♥️
This show turned into a proper photoshoot! Holy smokes; definitely wore the correct guitar strap for this occasion with @rabbithutchpunk 📸  More soon!

⏰ We’re switching gears to focus on recording after tonight’s gig. It’s the Ramadan Lull until we release our music video in April. 

It was so cool to meet @bearhugtacoma and get these photos from @rabbithutchpunk. Everyone was in such a good mood despite the batshit crazy world we live in. MAJOR SHOUT OUT TO @hopelesshorizons for a great set. The vocals were so dynamic and doing acoustic in the middle was hyyype. 

#tacoma #blackandwhite #arab #washingtonstate #liveshow #saturday
Timeout for the inappropriate stage banter 🤭

Next show is THIS SATURDAY at Tacoma’s @airporttav. Doors 8pm, Show 9pm / $8 Advance and $10 at door. Come get weird with us and @hopelesshorizons @bearhugtacoma ⚡️
House parties never get old 🏠🎈So nice to get back to this. Next show will be in Tacoma on SATURDAY FEB 24TH @airporttav. Follow our friends @bearhugtacoma!! 

#tacoma #houseparty #openmic #bandmates
Next show is tomorrow! Join us at @chopsueyseattle via the link in our bio 🌟 PS: check out our new website design. Freshly updated for the years ahead 🙂 

📸 @ianphares 

#seattle #showtime #arab #musicians #guitar #guitarist #washingtonstate #rockmusic
We had a blast performing at @bushwickbookclub’s evening of songs inspired by Aesop’s Fables. Some really amazing, accomplished songwriters performed @townhall_seattle. 

Our next show this Thursday @chopsueyseattle!

#seattle #bushwickbookclubseattle #bandmates #showtime
The magic is within. Unleash it for the betterment of all 🌈 Our shows for the new year already look interesting!! 🎇

LET’S GO 👏🏼 Bushwick Book Club: Aesop’s Fables, Saturday, Jan 13 · 6–11:30 PM @ Town Hall Seattle (1119 8th Ave). We’re writing a new song for this.

Jan. 18 🚨 Making noise @chopsueyseattle ($15 ADV, Thursday night) with @cherrydragonband and @pent_up_band. Doors 7pm, music starts 8pm.
Swipe for crew + some video ⏭️ New tracks dropping in ‘24 🎧 Patreoners hear em first. Link in bio
Spotted by Brian 🛑 Chub is a song that was originally commissioned by an indie Kuwaiti movie director. It means ‘shut up’ in Kuwaiti. Somehow we found the same word at a venue we were playing at!

The song has added a lot of dimension to the new Kuwaisiana sound. Excited to share soon 🤍 #seattle #bands #kuwaiti #signs #goodtimes
Thank you Portland! The first of many great nights as we grow the fam 🏆 We’ll be supporting Yemen Blues *AGAIN* on Tuesday @nectarlounge. 

Come get it 💋 

#pdx #seattle #liveshow #selfie #portland #arab
Starting to see the light 🙂 next stop is Tacoma! Excited to get back onstage with refreshed energy 💪🏻 Join us @thevalleytacoma Friday night! Music starts at 9pm. Unsure what time we’re starting 😅

For the record, we sing about Palestine at essentially every show through a song called The Journalist. I’m 100% sure it’ll feel different performing the tune moving forward. It’s already felt different during practice.
We play our first weekend night this Friday 👏🏼 🎉 Playing @thevalleytacoma, $10, music starts 9pm. 

All the previous shows we’ve done have been weekday nights 🤔 Honestly I wasn’t super confident we’d reach this milestone so soon but it shows you how important it is to keep the faith!
Finally made it out to Tokyo where @officialtowerrecords is alive & well! Spending some quality time digging into Japanese music via @towerrecords_japan and other stores. Swipe and see or check out my Stories @plusaziz!

Everyone in the band LOVES Japanese culture so I’m hoping to bring @yousefshamidrums and @islapadabassalldayy out here one of these days🤞🏼 #tokyo #keepdreaming #kuwaiti #instatravel #motivated
Check out the birthday celebration donuts! 🍩 @mightyodonuts is the most delicious. Nice shirt btw @layla.riedel!

#donuts #seattle #enjoy #weekendvibes
Here’s to letting the strings guide your soul 🎸 In pursuing “guitar mastery” there's a feeling to savor every step of the voyage. 

Every ritual, every show booked, every moment of confusion vs clarity, each chord learned or rhythm tightened… is a brushstroke on the canvas of your musical odyssey.

#guitarplayer #guitar #seattle #practice #arab #kuwaitinstagram
Thank you to the 12 awesome humans who came out to support us on a LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING. You’re the real #MVP!

Next show? Inshallah October 5th. Right before my 40th birthday 🥳
To those looking for a midweek energy boost: let us be your uppers ⬆️ Join us at @realarttacoma or @conorbyrnepub (Ballard) to celebrate what's left of Summer.

Sharing the stage with @northbynorthmusic @race.to.the.light @honey_bee_breakfast on 8.9

@jamn.band @snafflehound

#seattle #livemusic #ballardseattle #tacoma #washingtonstate #rockmusic #bandmates #midweek #humpday
Hello from the ladies room✌🏼Had a great night @ The Funhouse. Nice to finally play for an audience out here. 

Next up: Aug 9 at @realarttacoma >> Aug 16 at @conorbyrnepub 💫 

It’s been a wild ride diving headfirst into the thriving Seattle scene! My bandmates have been absolute gems & the energy here is electric. I'm soo ready to unleash my talent and shake things up like never  before. With an abundance of incredible bands around, it's crucial for me to find the crew & support system to propel us to the top.

We're not just dreaming big — we're taking action! We're on a mission to dominate the stage by playing two mind-blowing  shows every month. By working with different engineers (and maybe even  producers) we'll get the chance to push the boundaries of our sound.

I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to each and  every one of you who's vibing with us and tuning in to our wavelength.  Super happy to have you hear on the Kuwaisiana journey.

#seattle #ladiesroom #bathroom #bathroomdecor #livemusic #arab #kuwaitinstagram #kuwaiti #arabamerican
What's in a logo? After eagerly working with a number of designers, we’ve finalized a new logo design to plaster all over the world!

Excited to be on the cusp of revealing a fly new logo. New ID coming soon so kiss this one goodbye 👋🏻 

#seattle #newlook #bands #musicmonday #logo #logodesigner #identity #musicislife
Dumbek on a swing 🛝 With the recent launch of Threads, we’re reminded that a community has the capacity to migrate together. 

It’s one of the many ways we express our collective solidarity with each other, establishing connection whatever timeline or platform we happen to be on.

We are are not simply cells in rows for you to exploit. We are cultural nodes. We know our value and we know no boundaries.

#dumbek #swing #playground #seattle #mtrainier #practice #bandmates #arab #musician
Analog vibes 🎚️🎛️ You can look but you can’t touch.

#recording #studiotime #musician #seattle #recordingstudio #analog #creativity
A view from the office. Note the clobbered drum stick 🪦 إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

#practice #practicemakesperfect #drums #drumsticks #drummer #myview #pov
If you’re not on that ride or die wavelength with your bandmates, what are you really doing?

Next show: @CentralSaloon is having us back on 6.26. Swing by for electrifying Monday night rock! Still looking for July gigs.

#seattle #livemusic #normandypark #studio #bandphotography #musicians #bandmates
Sunday was so awesome 👏🏼 Thanks for the photos @_smandrew and everyone who came out. More soon! 

#tacoma #seattle #washington #livemusic #showtime
The Seattle Goodbye (aka The Irish Goodbye) in 3 acts.

#stereotypes #seattle #tacoma #backyard #bandpractice #showmeyourstyle #cars #sundayfunday #goodbye
Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our livestream with @mipsterzofficial on Sunday. It’ll be a monthly livestream so make sure to give ‘em a follow ♥️ We got to play VIMTO and Flower with a Hangover. It was one for the books!
Brian is a great man 🤍 He’s the youngest of us & perhaps the most responsible.

He frequently shows up early & is holding down a full-time job while also completing a degree in game art. Oh! He’s also married and has a deep passion for food (don’t we all tho?). 

Lucky to be working with him. 

PS: There’s a photo of a cat at the end of the carousel 😉
Probably nothing 🤫

📸 by @marinaboichuk 

#seattle #musiciansofinstagram #livemusic #musicians #arabamerican #kuwaiti #arab #rockmusic
We’re shifting practices from Tues to Sunday 📝 At least the main one. 

Also pumped to start trying out acoustic goodness & handy work on the percussion side. Keep your eyes peeled! #drummer #practice #practicemakesprogress #letsride
This weekend was a blur. Where should our next show be? 🪬 Photos by the very talented @marinaboichuk
Grateful for all this ♥️ It’s so heart warming when friends come out to see you play.

Key learning: take pix with the folks you play music for. Next time!
It’s going down tonight 🌟 Gonna see some friends & make some new ones too! Thanks for having us @CentralSaloon ♥️
Been practicing quite a bit since coming back from Kuwait 🏆 Can’t wait to rock Seattle tomorrow night!
Next week we’ll be doing our debut show in Seattle!! 🚨 $8 if you buy in advance or $10 at the door. Show kicks off 8:30pm 🎉 

So excited to get this ball rolling! We’ll be playing to honorary night owls next Wednesday at 10pm as we deliver our first show as a 3-piece @centralsaloon 💪🏻

Poster 🖼️ by @erniefuglevand

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