Tel Aviv is hardly where you’ll find posies in a hood, rock junkies or even street soul. At least, that’s the perception from a city that has given India its world musician or hippie music fodder.
But Israel’s nine-member funky soul rock group Nasty Peach, is as their namesake description suggests — irreverent, underground and alternative. “The nightlife there is very active. On a bar crawl, you’ll find all genres of music in the same lane,” Jonathan Loewenthal, bassist of the band, which played at Blue Frog, describes.
The three-year-old band has Jonathan, vocalist Odelia Shmulewitz, guitarist Ben Krispin, keyboard player Tal Bruchstein, trumpet player Arad Yeini, saxophone player Gal Dahan, drummer Yony Kory and background vocalists Darya Aloufy and Omer Tessel.
A melting pot of sound experiments has made Nasty Peach such a tribe on stage. “We originally started out as a basic four by four rock band. We would play classic rock. Slowly, we developed an interest for soul and electronic music and we just extended our band,” Jonathan says.
Makes sense when you have a sound that is reminiscent of the ’80s rock with synth and as ’90s as Erykah Badu’s soul and electronic dub of the 21st century. Their playlist of songs like Yani,
American Boy and Innocent sound soulful, funky and groovy. But really, more pop than rock.
“We are a live band who plays for the vibe. We could be like rock DJs, since we sing and play to please,” defends Jonathan who ranges the band’s influences from James Brown to John Mayer, and Erykah Badu to The Cardigans. “All the members hail from different musical generations. Naturally, our music will mix that all,” adds Jonathan.
Nasty Peach is on their first India tour. “A lot of artistes from Israel play in India. So we are very excited about our tour,” he adds.