Men of North Country (MONC) emerged from Tel Aviv’s soul scene, bringing with them a fresh approach to creating the perfect three-minute soul nugget. The band started by chance, when soul DJ Yashiv Cohen was overheard singing along to the tunes he was playing at one of his Tel Aviv Soul Club parties. With the encouragement and eventual collaboration of his musician friends they formed Israel’s finest soul outfit. And whilst managing to stay true to their beloved 60’s Soul they also introduce a contemporary, fresh and personal twist.
In 2010 MONC signed with Acid Jazz Records, who put out their debut 7″ – the double A-side single “Man of North Country/Debut”, which garnered glowing reviews (including a warm recommendation from London’s Metro).
The second single, a cover version of The Human League’s “Mirror Man”, which was released in May 2012, was a cheeky taster of what was to expect from the long awaited and exciting debut album.
“The North” is an album rippling with memorable melodies, infectious hooks and refreshingly honest lyrics, which portray the band’s love of a genre in which they truly excel. Influences worn with pride: The Teardrop Explodes, Style Council and Dexy’s, but with an approving nod towards their 60’s favourites: Al Wilson, Robert Parker and Gloria Jones.
The album was met with excitement all over Europe’s mod and soul scene and was followed by two successful tours in Germany.
So make sure you don’t get left behind and that all arrows on your compass point to The North!
From the media:
“Our compass is pointing north, and it’s far from grim”, London’s Metro.
“Not a duff track on it… one of the top three long players of 2012”, Sussed magazine.
“5 Stars”, Dynamite magazine.
“If you stand on the sidelines when this comes on, don’t be surprised if someone shimmies over and – though grinning – calls you a joyless berk”, Drowned in Sound.
“Told you these guys got soul”, Diffuser.
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