Midnight Peacocks

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Midnight Peacocks
Also known as The Peacocks
Origin Tel Aviv, Israel
Genres Alternative metal
Oriental metal
Years active 2004–present
Labels EarSay
Website myspace
Members Eitan Radoshinsky
Guy Shemi
Yoni Silver
Hagai Shlezinger
Past members Ron Bunker
Matan Ergas
Hagai Fershtman

Midnight Peacocks (Hebrew: מידנייט פיקוקס‎) is an Israeli alternative power trio band formed from the ashes of the "Plastic Peacocks" in 2004.

Their musical style is a combination of Arabic elements, cabaret elements and hardcore elements and, occasionally, what is called "Circus-Core". To date, the band has released two studio albums on the indie record label "Earsay".

Midnight Peacocks has provided opening acts in Israel for Firewater, Mike Patton and Dub Trio.

History[edit]

Formation and It's a Brutal Machine (2004–2006)[edit]

Soon after the Plastic Peacocks broke up, two of the former bandmates, Eitan (bass & vocals) and Hagai (drums) decided to stick together, collaborate with Matan Ergas (guitar & vocals) and form the Midnight Peacocks. The new band immediately flew to Germany to record the group's first album It's a Brutal Machine. The album was released in 2006, with such songs from the album as: "Brutal Machine", "Indian Sun", "Island of the Sun" and "Ganja to the Chairman".

Shalosh (2006–2008)[edit]

In the end of 2006, Matan decided to leave the group to focus on his work with punk rock band Got No Shame, and the guitarist position was taken over by Ron Bunker (ex-member of Squid).

In 2007, the group released its second studio album Shalosh (from the Hebrew word for "Three"). The album is kind of a concept album, as it is divided into 3 parts - the "Circus core" part, the oriental part and the experimental part. Notable songs from the album were: "Die", "Pussycat" and "Inside Outside".

With its release, the band officially conquered the Israeli indie scene, providing in 2007 a support to Mike Patton in his solo show in Israel, and in 2008 to Dub Trio and Firewater.

Future (2009–present)[edit]

Since then, the band has been in almost continuous performance nearly everywhere in Israel; and also abroad, mostly around Europe. They made their first North American appearance at the SXSW Festival 2009 in Austin, Texas in 2009.

Further Information[edit]

Despite the fact that the band is considered a power trio, it is actually an ensemble of up to 12 musicians and performers: including, darbuka players, violin players, a sax player and even a belly dancer.

The best known member of the extended-group is Hezzi Shohat, a friend of Eitan, who sings their song "Hasish".

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Eitan Radoshinsky - lead vocals, bass (2004–present)
  • Guy Shemi - guitars (2010–present)
  • Yoav Zohar - Drums (2011–present)
  • Yoni Silver - violin
Former members
  • Ron Bunker - guitar, vocals (2006–2010)
  • Hagai Fershtman - drums, percussion (2004–2007)
  • Matan Ergas - guitar, vocals (2004–2006)
  • Hagai Shlezinger - drums, percussion (2007–2010)


Discography[edit]

  • It's a Brutal Machine (2006)
  • Shalosh (2007)

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