If everything goes according to plan, I'll be going to three concerts by Israeli bands this week, something which I haven't done for quite some time. I've seen Side live on Monday at the Barby, and I have to say it was amazing. Proper disclosure: the lead singer of this band is one of my friends from the army, so I can't claim to be too objective. But you can judge for yourselves. Side play a very mellow and solid alternative rock, mostly influenced by Radiohead and Pink Floyd. They're going on a European tour next week, so any Europeans reading this, take notice. The sound was amazing, the best I've ever heard in the Barby. I'd say it sounds like the album is playing, but after I bought and listened to the album, I came to realize that the show's sound was better than the album's. And the album sounds very, very good.
Tomorrow, finally, is the album release show of Eatliz. I know many people who've been waiting for this longer than people waited in line for toilet paper in the Soviet Union, myself included. Eatliz is a kick-ass in your face fusion of a thousand styles, mostly focusing on different styles of alternative rock, as well as progressive rock, metal, surf music, bossa nova… in short, a lot. And they manage to wrap it all together with carefully constructed melodies which are just beautiful. There aren't many bands that manage to create something that's completely sophisticated, original and intelligent on the one one, and contagiously catchy and communicative on the other hand. If all things go well, this band will explode in the world. Tomorrow at the Barby, if you happen to be an Israeli citizen.
On Friday, if I have any money left since I still haven't gotten my paycheck and my credit card cleaned my bank account dry, I shall go see a band called the Sixth Sense. This is a pretty young band. They'll be celebrating their one year anniversary after performing a whole lot across the country. I've had the pleasure to play one show with them when I was playing bass for The Grip. If you enjoy standardized yet powerful rock (some might call it grunge) you will not be disappointed.