Yood

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Yood
Origin Jerusalem, Israel
Genres Jewish rock, blues rock, hard rock
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Associated acts Reva L'Sheva
Members Lazer Lloyd
Yaakov Lefcoe
Moshe Yankovsky
Past members Akiva Girsh

Yood is an Israeli Jewish rock band from Jerusalem. They formed in 2005 with singer/guitarist Lazer Lloyd (formerly of Reva L'Sheva), bassist Yaakov Lefcoe, and drummer Akiva Girsh (later replaced by Moshe Yankovsky). They released two albums, Passin'over (2007) and Real People (2008). Self-described as a "power rock trio", Yood performs blues rock in the vein of ZZ Top, Cream, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix, albeit with religious lyrics.

Band history[edit]

The original members of Yood - singer/guitarist Lazer Lloyd, bassist Yaakov Lefcoe, and drummer Akiva Girsh - met and began playing together in Beit Shemesh in 2000, but ultimately separated due to Lloyd's commitment to Reva L'Sheva, the outbreak of the Second Intifada, and their collective uncertainty about the group's profitability. However, they later regrouped in the fall of 2005, motivated by the controversial dismantling of Gaza settlements by the Israeli government, with Lloyd later saying, "We just knew that we needed to do something to counteract what was going on in the country. Music has a way of bringing people together."[1][2]

Girsh left in 2006 to pursue other projects and was replaced by Russian-American drummer Moshe Yankovsky.[2] That same year, the band made their debut at an open mic night at Mike's Place in Tel Aviv.[1]

Yood's debut album, Passin'over, was released on May 15, 2007. Later that year, they performed at the Israeli Shemspeed launch party at The Lab in Jerusalem, alongside Aharit Hayamim, Hamakor, and Sagol 59.[3] They also played at the 2007 Beit Shemesh Festival alongside Heedoosh, Hamakor, Soulfarm, and Adi Ran.[4]

The band made their American debut with a Lag BaOmer concert at the University of Washington's Chabad house in 2007, followed by a Fall 2008 tour of campus-based Chabad houses that culminated in a performance at the Chabad on Campus International Shabbaton and Conference.[2] Their second album, Real People, was released on November 18, 2008.

Musical style[edit]

Yood play a '70s-influenced hard rock style with elements of blues, country, and grunge, and have been compared to ZZ Top, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and Metallica.[5][6]

Members[edit]

Current
Former
  • Akiva Girsh – drums (2005-2006)

Discography[edit]

  • Passin'over (May 15, 2007)
  • Real People (November 18, 2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b David Brinn (Nov 13, 2008). "Soul music". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Chana Kroll (Nov 11, 2008). "Rock Band Inspired by Jewish Teachings Develops a Campus Following". Chabad.org.
  3. ^ Ben Jacobson (Oct 18, 2007). "Young and Jewish on the Web". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  4. ^ Ben Jacobson (Sep 26, 2007). "Laying the musical groundwork". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  5. ^ Yoav Friedman (March 28, 2007). "Yood: The right side of the seventies". Ynetnews. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  6. ^ Roth, Matthue (December 4, 2008). "Space Time Continuum". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 25 October 2015.