Saturday, January 29th
Mohawk Bar (outside stage)
You will not forget this band once you see them live. You’ll probably walk through the doors at Mohawk tomorrow and think your in for a normal mosh-happy, sweaty show, but heck no. You may end up inside, on stage, in the bathroom, in the streets, etc. The band may end up surfing above you, drum kit and all, hanging from the rafters, in the crowd, behind you, under you, who knows really. Sometimes the cops show up, sometimes the venue kills the power (Mohawks can handle, no worries), sometimes the band and/or audience sets things on fire, most of the time there’s nudity and yet the party continues. It’s all part of the charm when going to see bat-shit crazy Tel Aviv band Monotonix live. They’re insane. No really, INSANE. In the best organic rock and roll kind of way, of course.
For such an explosion of a live band, the sounds they make are really quite beautifully simple. Just 3 guys and soooo much noise. Grungy garage vocals reminiscent of bands like The Kinks or even The Gruesomes coming from front man Ami Shalev, he’s pretty punk rock, wrapped up his broken leg in duct tape and still played through some shows, most impressive. Almost classic black metal guitar meets surfy meets 90’s grunge (think Sonic Youth’ish 90’s distortion) guitar work from Yonatan Gat, a key element to their sound, the guitar in this band is everything. There’s no bass guitar, so the guitar creates all moods and textures. And the power of 10 drummers in a one man powerhouse, Haggai Fershtman. He’s usually the first to end up nowhere near the stage. Along with his entire kit, which he pounds away at like a madman nonstop.
Seriously, it’s 10 bucks! Go! You and your show buddies will be talking about this one for daaaaaays.