OUZO BAZOOKA / SIMOOM
Release Date: April 1st 2016
Ouzo Bazooka represents everything that is beautiful in Tel Aviv; Cultural coexistence, vigorous creation and an always happening urban scene. Drawing influences from this local melting pot and exotic Middle Eastern feel, along with classic hard rock, psychedelic art, garage rock and surf – Ouzo Bazooka’s sound is a dizzying concoction of east meets west that will send Hell's Angels dancing on table-tops, breaking plates, grinning stupidly and ending up on the floor in a group-hug-pile-up.
SIMOOM will be released in April 1st 2016 via Setalight Records (Berlin). The 10 songs featured on this album were recorded during the Summer of 2015 at Uri's studio, which is located in one of Tel Aviv's most colourful neighbourhood, populated by people from Eastern Europe, India, Africa and Eastern Asia. Exotic food and fresh coffee, two defining flavors of the Middle Eastern shuk, are significant ingredients of the album. The attitude, sound and vibrance of the music comes out through in the form of spicy licks and saucy lyrics.
Leader of the pack Uri Brauner Kinrot, a prolific singer-songwriter has established himself as a major name in the local and global music scene. He had trekked his unique sound to far corners of the universe, rocking out the biggest and most important international music festivals and clubs. He has played, recorded, toured and helped shape the influential sounds of big names such as Balkan Beat Box, Shantel, New York City’s punk heroes Firewater and the Macedonian-Romani brass band Kocani Orkestar. Uri is also the leader of the chart-successful Mediterranean surf band Boom Pam, who's currently collaborating with Turkish psychedelic-folk legend Selda Bagcan.
After roaming the globe, Uri felt the urge to pursue earlier influences that had always echoed in the back of his mind. He returned to the sounds and artists that shaped him since his teens; Cream’s fuzzed British Invasion, Link Wray’s Surfed-up style and The Sonics’ soulful garage feel. The fresh new formula worked, and a true and original sound was revealed. Uri’s kaleidoscopic vision exemplifies good ol’ Rock n’ Roll with an oriental tinge, which is undoubtedly heard in his latest endeavour, Ouzo Bazooka.
The group has been touring extensively for the past 2 years, gaining local recognition, plenty of radio airplay, and supporting act shows in Tel Aviv for both The Pixies and The Hives. Ouzo’s debut album was released in Japan by Tokyo based label, Tuff Beats, and in Germany by Broken Silence Distribution. The German release was followed by a sold-out concert in Berlin and was received with approval on the German airwaves. On RadioEins, the single ’Going Down’ was the most played song for 2015.
Ouzo Bazooka is currently available for booking. They prefer to play wherever there is a demand for ass kicking spiritual psychedelic rock.