Top 10 Bands in Israel: Unholy Music from the Holy Land


Have you ever heard shoegaze in Hebrew? What about circus-core: a mix of Arabic music, cabaret and metal? Socialist Jewish polka punk anyone? Probably not. For such a small country, Israel may be all over the world news, yet it fails to make it to the culture section. The Israeli music market is small and dominated by cheesy Mediterranean pop, mediocre singer/songwriters and an everlasting obsession with The Beatles, but something quite different is stirring up on the fringes of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: music inspired by the UK and US indie scenes with added local flavours. To give you a taste, here are 10 unholy bands from the Holy Land of Israel.


1. Vaadat Charigim


“When missiles fall on the streets of Tel Aviv / What will we wear and what will we listen to / And how will we burn time ‘til then” sings Juval Haring on “Odisea” by Vaadat Charigim (literally: Exceptions Committee). This critically acclaimed Hebrew shoegaze trio got signed to Burger Records, was featured on Vice, Pitchfork and Spin magazine and performed throughout the US and Europe. They’re currently working on their second album which they promised will sound like a mix of good Israeli rock, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Isn’t Anything”—Hebrew may become the new Icelandic.


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