The Raw Men Empire

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The Raw Men Empire
Also known as TRME
Origin Tel Aviv, Israel
Genres Indie folk, Freak Folk, Anti-folk
Years active 2009–present
Members Tsvika Frosh
Yonatan Miller
Nadav Lazar
Itai Kaufman

The Raw Men Empire is an Israeli Indie folk band, operating from Tel Aviv since 2009. The Raw Men Empire is made up of Tsvika Frosh (lyrics, music, vocals, guitar, flute), Yonatan Miller (lyrics, music, guitar, vocals), Nadav Lazar (bass, glockenspiel, percussion, guitar, melodica, programming, vocals) and Itai Kaufman (beatbox, percussion, bass, melodica, programming, keyboards, charango, vocals).


The Raw Men Empire was formed in 2009 by accidental meetings of its members in various Tel Aviv Bars. Coming from different musical backgrounds (low-fi minimalism, alternative rock, blues and avant garde progressive rock), their style and use of a wide variety of unusual instruments had been compared to Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom,[1] as well as anti folk artist Jeffrey Lewis by several music blogs and commentators worldwide.

During 2009 The Raw Men Empire released their first EP – 'The Rise and Fall Of'. During 2010 they released their second EP – 'Elodie' which was received with warm reviews over Israeli media.[2][3]

The Raw Men Empire have performed and recorded in cooperation with a variety of Israeli and international musicians, among them Uri Wertheim of the funk band The Apples. On May 2010 they opened Jeffrey Lewis's show in Israel and on October 2010 They performed in Israel's most important Indie Music Festival – In-D-Negev featuring singer-songwriter Amit Erez and a brass quintet. On the same month the band received the Best Music Award in SmallBama 9 Festival for the original music they wrote and performed for the dance-theatre piece "Loop". Later that year, following an accidental meeting in the streets of Tel Aviv, The Raw Men Empire wrote and recorded a song with British singer-songwriter Daniel Bedingfield.[4]

As of 2011, the band is gaining success around Europe as well. Their recent tour has granted them good reviews in the local press Prague Post,[5] Gazeta Wyborcza,[6] Indie Rock Cafe.[7] Recently they've been selected to play the prestigious Popkomm and Reeperbahn Festivals. They were also selected for CMJ showcase festival in New York.



  • The Rise and Fall of (2009)
  • Elodie (2010)


  • Town Full of Sinners (2010)
  • Between You and Me (2010)


  1. ^ [1] The Hipster Jew
  2. ^ [2] Ben Shalev, Haaretz
  3. ^ [3] Gal Uchovsky, Time Out Tel Aviv (Hebrew)
  4. ^ [4] Daniel Bedingfield and The Raw Men Empire on YouTube
  5. ^ [5] Prague Post
  6. ^ Gazeta Wyborcza Poznań, 23/1/2011
  7. ^ [6] Indie Rock Cafe

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