Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat

Master guitarist and improviser, Yonatan Gat (Monotonix) is back with 11 new punk-inspired, psychedelic mind-melters.

'Director' is a a genre-bending opus that finds the Gat and his band seamlessly exploring different styles of music from Brazilian psych and Afrobeat to free jazz, Middle Eastern surf and 20th century classical avant-garde, sometimes in the span of just one song - "weaving styles together like the great jazz musicians of the 60's," (The Bay Bridged).

Gat was recently profiled in the NY Times, and his music was featured on Pitchfork, Vice, SPIN, and Village Voice, who called him "Best Guitarist in New York, 2013". His unparalleled guitar remains mysterious, wildly inventive and dynamic, taking unexpected psychedelic turns throughout the recordings, backed by Gal Lazer's virtuosic hard-hitting African-inspired grooves, and Sergio Sayeg's (of Brazilian garage rockers Garotas Suecas) pumping bass.

Yonatan Gat uses Guild Guitars and Ernie Ball Strings.

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Hellnaw is a two-man rhythm section (bass and drums) that sounds like Les Claypool and John Bonham throwing a temper tantrum in unison. Stationed in Athens, Ohio, Josh Wicker and Wren Fenton combine technical chemistry, improvisation, gritty licks, and filthy grooves to create a powerhouse of sound.

"My first thought when I heard about this duo, "Bass and drums? I wonder how they pull that off.." The answer, amazingly. This band I often think of as a jam band, but this isn't your typical jam band, they take it a bit harder. I also think of this band as a funk band at times, but they aren't the typical funk sound. Their eclectric grit-funk and funk metal genres they describe themselves is probably the most accurate description you can get. This is one of my favorite acts and is definitely what I consider the most unique band in Athens."

-Aaron "Fish" Trout (AthensMusicScene.net)


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