Yonatan Gat preps new LP (listen to “Cockfight”), touring, playing SXSW shows w/ Thor Harris
Former Monotonix guitarist Yonantan Gat will release his new album, Universalists, on May 4 via Joyful Noise. Three years in the making, every song on the album was recorded in a different studio and inspired by different styles. He also worked with a variety of producers, including David Berman (Silver Jews), Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening) and Daniel Schlett (Ghostface Killah). Thor Harris guests on “Medicine.” We’re got the premiere of “Cockfight,” which Yonatan told us a little about:
The guitar riff is inspired by the sounds and wild energy of Balinese gamelan music. I think we only played this song once in the studio, never before or since. David Berman helped shaping the chaos into something closer to our idea of a song, but if you listen, you can still hear the metallic instruments from Bali lurking behind the track’s intro and ending.
You can listen to “Cockfight” below.
Yonatan, who also released a split 7″ with Os Mutantes earlier this year, will be in Austin for SXSW this month, and all his performances there he’ll be backed by The Eastern Medicine Singers & Thor Harris. Yonatan is also touring in May, though there are currently no NYC shows on his schedule.
All dates, including his SXSW schedule, are listed below.
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Yonatan Gat – Universalists tracklist:
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Yonatan Gat – 2018 Tour Dates
March 13 SXSW – Hotel Vegas Hotel Vegas Daytime Party 8:45 PM
March 13 SXSW – Spider House Spider House Ballroom 11:00 PM
March 14 SXSW – Hotel Vegas Desert Daze Daytime Party 5:45 PM
March 15 SXSW – Hotel Vegas Levitation Official Showcase 11:55 PM
March 16 SXSW – Hotel Vegas Austin Chronicle Daytime Party 4:20 PM
March 16 SXSW – Cheer Up Charlie’s Ad Hoc Official Showcase 8:00 PM
March 16 SXSW – Sahara Lounge Ritual for Sun God 11:55 PM
May 6 Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Festival
May 9 Montreal, QC @ Distorsion Psych Fest at La Sala Rossa
May 10 Toronto, ON @ CMW Festival
May 11 Cleveland @ Happy Dog West
May 13 Indianapolis @ State Street Pub
May 14 Chicago @ The Hideout
May 15 Milwaukee @ Cactus Club
May 16 Los Angeles @ Resident
May 18 – San Francisco @ The Chapel
May 19 – Portland @ Bunk Bar
May 22 – Vancouver @ Astoria