By Kieran Webber
Vaadat Charigim consist of Yuval Haring (guitar, vocals), Yuval Guttman (drums) and Dan Fabian Bloch (bass) they have been hugely influential on the Israeli rock scene, with their brooding, post rock breakdowns and have a rapidly growing international following despite singing entirely in Hebrew – an unprecedented achievement for an Israeli rock band.
They paint a story with their music that takes you through a whirlwind of emotions and their latest LP “Sinking as a Stone” is a record that swirls with anger, apathy, grief and happiness. The album cuts deep into the listener taking you on a journey through the minds and lives of the creators. This is also the second LP in the bands “Tel Aviv Trilogy” with the final LP released 2016.
They will also be playing their first string of UK shows (Dates Below).
We spoke to Yuval Haring of Vaadat Charigim about life in Israel during an unbalanced time as well as the influence around their music and much more.
1. Much of what I know about Jerusalem is information that I have absorbed from the media what can you actually tell me about it? How unstable is the relationship between Israel and Palestine? What is your opinion on it?
Ironically I get my information from newspapers and TV too, being from Tel Aviv. I probably know less than you, since most media here is very politically driven,and you always get a very distorted version of what really is happening. Being a Meretz voter, I believe in and strive for peace, for a two state solution,for dialogue, and I promote these ideas as an artist as well. But currently,following the last elections, and the current state of mind in government, things are very bad, and they are getting worse and worse daily, which is extremely depressing, and at times it feels like democracy is totally bust.
2. I have seen a lot of people comment on the language barrier between you and audiences who don’t speak or know Hebrew, I personally think this is bullshit as Rammstein have become one of the world’s most notorious bands but why did you chose to sing in Hebrew?
I think I didn’t really choose it. I think it was more a matter of “not” choosing to sing in English. Refraining from choice brought me “back” to Hebrew, and there I stayed. I think It was more in a state of mind of “less is more”.
3. Did you ever expect success or a following like you have?
I’m not sure what success you’re talking about, haha. We’re a fairly small act in a sea of great psychedelic bands. It’s going good and we’re having fun, but it’s slow,since we’re not from the UK/US, and traveling/touring/releasing music is always a bigger, slower project for us. Israel is a hard place for a band to survive in, so i’m just thankful we keep putting out records, and playing together.
4. How did you end up getting your record released via Burger Records?
Was as simple as emailing them really. very open minded dudes. We first released a cassette there, then a vinyl. They are very old school underground, still listening to new music, working with new weird bands. It’s great.
5. As someone who doesn’t speak Hebrew I still felt I understood a lot of your music’s emotions but is there anything that could be missed due to language barrier if so what?
Well a lot I guess. A lot of the songs are about very specific scenes of life from Israel, of war, of growing up, of suburbia in Israel, where I grew up, about hope and hopelessness, meaning, and the lack of meaning.
6. What is the influence behind your music, what made you become musicians ?
We’ve all been in bands since we were teens. I used to sit in Dizingoff square in junior high, waiting for a guy to come and “assign” a date for a show for my band in a local punk club that no longer exists. I’ve been in the scene for over 15 years, and have toured a lot in Europe, UK, USA. It’s my life, beyond my current day job as a publicist.
7. What was it that drew you to music as an artistic expression?
8. Do you guys partake in any other artistic ventures ?
Sure, Yuval Guttman the drummer plays in a band called “Tkufa Chashucha” (“The Dark Period”), and Dan Bloch had a band called Antibiotica.
9. Do you have a particular track you like to play live the most if so what one and why?
I really enjoy playing Neshel nowadays. Its very expressive and the vocal is fun to do.
10. Now that the album is out what is the plan for the rest of year/ next year?
UK in October obviously. then USA in March. working on a new LP. last part of the Tel Aviv trilogy to be released in 2016!
UK Tour Dates:
21 Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
22 Manchester The Old Pint Pot
23 Leeds Brudenell Social
24 London Shacklewell Arms
25 Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar