Midnight Peacocks to rock SXSW

March 16, 2009 - 11:07 PM by

The Midnight Peacocks, from their Myspace page

The Midnight Peacocks, from their Myspace page

If you’re planning on being at this week’s SXSW (South by Southwest) music industry showcase in Austin, Texas, be sure to check out the Israeli hard core/Arabic/experimental/cabaret rockers The Midnight Peacocks.

It’s quite an honor to be selected as one of the featured acts for the prestigious annual event which brings some of the music industry’s heavyweights down to Texas, and the Peacocks are certainly deserving of the honor, for originality alone.

If you go to a show by the Tel Aviv-based collective, you never know what you’re going to get, as band leader/bassist/vocalist Eitan Radoshinsky often brings everything from violinists to belly dancers to performance artists onstage with the basic trio. No wonder they call their music ‘circus core’ – it seems like a three-ring circus.

While it’s surely not everyone’s cup of tea, and you won’t be hearing them on American Top 40 anytime soon, the band has developed a solid following in Israel among fans of artists like Mike Patton and The Melvins, who enjoy swift tempo changes, intricate arrangements, and general lunacy.

“SXSW is an amazing opportunity for us. I’ve heard about SXSW for so long, and it’s definitely the best place for us to be at the moment. I think our style will fit the festival perfectly,” the 39-year-old Radoshinksi told me before the group flew to the US.

They’ll also be playing a number of shows in the southwest to support their 10pm showcase on Wednesday at Austin’s Spiro’s Amphitheater.

“We feel that we represent Israeli culture, and we love Tel Aviv and Israel. It’s our base. When we play in front of people who never saw Israelis before, in places like the South, we feel like we need to make a good impression,” said Radoshinski.

First-timers may definitely receive a skewed impression of Israelis from seeing The Midnight Peacocks, but it’s still better than seeing a tank on CNN.

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