You’ve probably not heard anything quite like Yonatan Gat. He makes musical experiments that resonate among nature, written as high-energy improvisations. The New York musician will be taking his show on the road to share with audiences in major cities across the country. Thrillcall is giving away a pair of tickets to see him in LA at Resident on 5/16 and in SF at Chapel on 5/18. Download the app and follow links below to find tickets or enter for a chance to win!
Since his days as co-founder of legendary Israeli garage-rockers Monotonix, Gat’s music has always had a strong sense of chaos. Getting his start in a band that was wild enough to get banned from their home country has certainly sipped into Gat’s manner as a bandleader. And the far-and-wide world travels that come with playing over 1500 shows in 50 countries and 5 continents made another mark on his sound.
Nevertheless, there is peace to be found at the center of that chaos, as articulated in Gat’s previous single “Medicine“ and the video that accompanied it, featuring the Algonquin Native American group Eastern Medicine Singers. The track, along with previous face-melting single “Cockfight” (which took its cue from Balinese gamelan), as well as seven other tracks, will be featured on his forthcoming album ‘Universalists’ out May 4th on Joyful Noise Recordings (US) and Glitterbeat (EU).
Universalists lists numerous collaborators, the most important of which being Silver Jews frontman David Berman credited as album co-producer, in a rare collaboration during a quiet 10 year period. “We were talking about how to contain the live energy in a studio recording,” recounts Gat, “Berman was there all along, encouraging me to edit like a writer, filmmaker or painter does. To break the cycle, to capture live energy into wax we talked about subjecting fiery performance to post production, which is another way of saying being hard on yourself.” (source)
May 11 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog West
May 13 – Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
May 14 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
May 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
May 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
May 18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
May 19 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
May 22 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Astoria