Alt-rock band alt-J heading back to Israel in May
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Alt-rock band alt-J heading back to Israel in May

Leeds band released its third album, ‘Relaxer,’ earlier this year

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

The three band members of alt-J, returning to Israel in May 2018 (Courtesy alt-J)
The three band members of alt-J, returning to Israel in May 2018 (Courtesy alt-J)

Alt rock band alt-J is returning to Israel in 2018, playing Tel Aviv’s Convention Center on Tuesday, May 29, a happy turn of events for anyone familiar with the UK band’s blend of folk music and trip hop.

The band was last here in 2015, when it played in Rishon Lezion’s LivePark.

With tunes that last longer than five minutes, and lyrics that take listeners to all kinds of abstract places, the three-man band is known for never doing what’s expected.

“We’re constantly trying out new stuff,” vocalist and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton told The News & Observer a few weeks ago. “We’re not lazy when it comes to creativity. We’re compelled to explore options. We want to keep evolving like the Beatles did. The Beatles are a massive inspiration.”

Unger-Hamilton called alt-J’s vocal sound “Americana-folk meets Laurel Canyon,” and said it is “a band that trusts its instincts.”

The indie rock band was formed in 2007 in Leeds, and debuted its first album, “An Awesome Wave” in 2012, followed by “This is All Yours” in 2014, and a third album, “Relaxer,” earlier this year.

The short film below was made for “Pleader,” on the latest album.

Tickets are on sale at Eventim, for NIS 294 apiece.

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