Monotonix, Turbo Fruits, Ga'an | Logan Square Auditorium | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Monotonix, Turbo Fruits, Ga'an Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Oct. 3, 9 p.m. 2009

Put on the blistering new Monotonix album, Where Were You When It Happened? (Drag City), and you can almost smell the body odor and feel the condensation coating the walls. The Tel Aviv three-piece know which side their bread is bloodied on, and in this eight-song salvo of throat-grabbing rock they aim to capture the sweaty fervor of their live shows—or at least come as close as they can without the insane antics of charismatic front man Ami Shalev, who’s fond of fire, filth, climbing the walls, and stuffing himself bodily into trash cans. Last February, when I fought the flu to trudge to the Hideout for Monotonix, I was greeted immediately by flying chunks of blues-tinged punk guitar that sliced through the sticky layers of humidity in the room. Shalev wormed through the boozy crowd—the band prefers to play on the floor, not onstage—and guitarist Yonatan Gat and drummer Haggai Fershtman followed close behind, Gat with the help of a long guitar cable and Fershtman with the help of the fans, who carried him and his kit crowd-surfer style while he struggled valiantly to keep drumming. If Shalev could use something as a prop, he would, and he got especially attached to the Hideout’s cow skull, repurposing it as, um, let’s say a codpiece. The floor had become a beer slip ’n’ slide, and in my feverish state I remember needing to try especially hard not to fall on any broken bottles. I can’t even imagine what sort of mayhem Shalev and company will wreak at a space like the Logan Square Auditorium. Turbo Fruits and Ga’an open. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $15

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