"When the sun is shining, life can be really dark,” says Dori Sadovnik, one half of Israeli gothic dance duo Red Axes. He’s talking about the origin of the group’s shadowy sound. “Actually, when the sun is shining, and you feel not so good, it’s better to have rain.”
But there was a further connection. “It was very weird, the situation with the name,” he continues, “because after we released the record, I saw that there was another band that is quite big, The Growlers, and they called their first album ‘Beach Goth’, and they also have a festival of that name. What is funnier is that I was influenced by all this kind of garage rock. I didn’t notice The Growlers so much at the time. Without even trying to take something, we took something from another band.”
Wrapped around Sadovnik’s spoken vocals, delivered in a mixture of English and Hebrew, ‘Sipoor’ passes comment on DJs who are asked to ascribe meaning to their DJing in interviews with the music press. For Red Axes, DJs play out to make people dance and express their individual creativity, not to create pretentious odysseys. “‘Sipoor’ means story,” Arzi says. “All the time, DJs are asked in interviews or whatever, ‘How was the set?’ It becomes all about how the DJ tells a story. It’s funny to me.
''The dance thing we discovered in Amsterdam,” adds Arzi. “We already knew a little bit about it, and we started to get excited. We knew that in Amsterdam we were going to discover it more and more. It had a very strong impact.”
First we have our ‘Africa’ EP,” says Sadovnik. “We went to do two gigs in Africa, and we did three tracks with recordings of people from Ethiopia and a band from Ivory Coast. Then we went to a school in Ivory Coast for music and art, and we did music with the children there who were 15, 16 years old. This EP is going out on !K7 Records. It’s going up with a 20-minute movie about the trip. Next we went to India with a camera, and recorded another movie, and recorded artists and music. This is really exciting for us. Every EP is a different place.
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