Thursday, 31 March 2016

New single and video from Israeli drum and sax duo, Malox

When It comes to Israeli bands, there tends to be the odd gem here and there that incorporates more traditional music in a creative way that comes off sounding incredible. Amongst acts like Boom Pam and the internationally known Balkan Beat Box, Malox, made up of Eyal Talmudi (saxophone/bagpipes) and Roy Chen (drums), bring us fun blasts of experimental jazz, Gypsy music and ska with punk aggression, a la acts such as Acoustic Ladyland, Gogol Bordello or even Madness. I witnessed them for the first time randomly at a show at the Rogatka and was simply taken in by how simple yet fun it was. 

The track, Natanya, is the second single after their Walk Like An Egyptian cover to come from the new album Gaza Trip. For those, like me, who love both drums and saxophone and the idea of both together is almost sexual, this should not disappoint. It's not too crazy or long like some experimental music but is still fun and frenzied.  

The video, directed by Ben Tversky of Zaga Zaga/The Driers etc.. and shot by local show-filming legend Liran Rehana, is simple but suits the vibe of the track. It also features some familiar faces from the Israeli punk and alternative scene. 

If this interests you, Malox are having a release show tonight, 31st March, at Buscula, in Tel Aviv. Tickets are ₪43 in advance here

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