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White Screen, The – “White Screen, The” – [Garzen Records]

Rat King   4/26/2017   12-inch, A Library

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The White Screen is an Israeli rock trio consisting of Gilbert Broid (vocalist), Gabriel Broid (guitar) and Stav Ben Shahar (drums). They are known for their weird, Dadaist live performances and are depicted on the back of the sleeve. The Broids are cousins.

The White Screen sounds like no-wave, glam rock, and surf rock. A bit cabaret, too- sultry, or maybe stupefied. In their own words: “Their lyrics are very political and criticize the whole system and leadership in Israel. Very not political correct”. Politics, religion, society, and the military all get a jab. Some are humorous, while others are more dour (“black is she, the white bird”).

The A side is the stronger of the two, but a special mention is owed to track 10 (“Pin ve Pot”), which has absurd lyrics and an intriguing drum riff.

Long live the White Screen.

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