The Raw Men Empire is an acclaimed freak-folk band based in Israel, whose music was recommended as one of the current Israeli projects you have to listen to. They celebrated their 3rd anniversary over the weekend with a very special show in Tel Aviv. But this autumn they will face a bigger challenge, as the band is about to tour the USA for the first time.
Jokingly referring to their style as "Pop Dylan", The Raw Men Empire's subtitle to their show is "Happy music for sad people and vice versa." Their live shows are always happy and kicking events, so it's no wonder that they have already been selected for leading US showcase festivals CMJ 2011 in New York and SXSW 2012 in Texas.
The Raw Men are Tsvika Frosh, Yonatan Miller (vocals, guitars), Nadav Lazar (Bass) and Itai Kaufman (drums). So far they have released two EPs, The Rise and Fall of (2009) and Elodie (2010), which got rave reviews both in Israel and abroad ("A promising Israeli freak-folk band... cute and inventive... well worth your attention," Time Out magazine wrote). Although they are mainly acoustic, they always manage to create a rocking experience thanks to their highly original arrangements and unique interaction with the audience.
16-19/10/2012 NY New York CMJ Festival - TBA
20/10/2012 MD Washington D.C Big Bear Cafe (acoustic show)
21/10/2012 NC Greensboro Green Bean
24/10/2012 TX Houston Super Happy Fun Land
25/10/2012 TX Austin Spider House
26/10/2012 TX Austin Sahara Lounge
29/10/2012 MO Springfield Lindbergs Bar
31/10/2012 PA Pittsburgh TBA
01/11/2012 NY New York Gizzi's
02/11/2012 VT Middlebury 51 Main at the Bridge