Scandalmonger

Scandalmonger

BandJazzRock

A band that rocks, swings, grooves, croons and rides the blue notes. Powerful, dark and hard hitting vocals. Accessible and intelligent; playful and dark; arranged and improvised; groove oriented and contemplative. “Introspective, moody & wryly funny.”

Biography

Khazak is the Hebrew word for strength.

We are four musicians and friends from different backgrounds bringing influences including blues, soul, salsa, Brazilian, klezmer, country, and good old rock and roll.

We play both original music and covers. When the songs are covers, we make them our own. When the songs are original pieces, they are for everyone.

The music is accessible and intelligent; playful and dark; arranged and improvised; groove oriented and contemplative.

We play for work, we play for fun, we play because it's what we do. This quartet is the core group, but each of us plays with a variety of Seattle based groups and musicians (Including but not limited to : Picoso, Threat of Beauty, Bethurum, Cytosoul.) Each of us has an individual musical identity, and we come together to create a sound that is (pardon the cliché) greater than the sum of its parts.

Lyrics

Have I Been Waiting Or

Written By: Michele Khazak

I've grown accustomed to the terrible curve of the night
If I could split it in two would that be any better?
Have I been waiting here, or have I been on my way?
I know it’s already too soon to say.

Have I been waiting here, or I have I been on my way?
Have I been tempted but shy, or have I had nothing to say?
I've grown accustomed to the glorious arc of the night
I could break it, but it's already broken.

I know that it's still too late to say.
If everyone else is alone, that's how everyone else has to stay.

Consider it Done

Written By: Michele Khazak

You can talk all you want until dawn
Dress your morning in ribbons, and be on your way
Could you fold yourself up into one little day?

Everyone's ready, and no one's afraid
Skin turn to rust, and eyes turn to flame
It could all go to waste just as fast as it came,
Could it all go to waste just as fast as it came?

Nobody told you to stay,
Nobody said you should go,
But if you'd like to ask me,
Consider it done.

You think it's a start, but it's only begun
Consider yourself, then consider it done
If you'd like a question, I've only got one
If you'd like to ask me, consider it done.

This, the most delicate, fortunate thing
You could sit on your hands until your eyes find a way
But somebody's coming,
They're singing your song.

Just So

Written By: Michele Khazak

I'm sorry baby
Didn't know what else to do
Just something didn't feel right
I was looking to you

And my mind went out wandering
We wouldn't be warned this time
Pressed between pages
Splintered and dry

And I don't know how not to know what to know not to know how.

There's about two or three ways
could mean
a million different things,
But when it comes to you and me
I promise not to mean a thing.
I have been out wandering
And you have been warned
But every fool that has their fill will still come back for a little more.

And it feels so much more just so much out of reach.

I know you don't like to hear me say it, but it's not for you to like.

And if you don't like to hear me say it then it's not for you to like.

Discography

Live recordings available at www.myspace.com/khazak

Set List

We have played up to three 45 minute sets, and could maybe even play for longer. We just get tired.

Typically, we play 2 x 45 minutes.

A sampling of songs (both originals and covers) we often do includes, but is not limited to:

Already Too Late (Rosenblatt/Khazak)
Grey and Green (Rosenblatt/Khazak)
Song for Jenny (Rosenblatt/Khazak)
Them Belly Full (Bob Marley)
Wait A Little Bit (Khazak)
Consider it Done (Khazak)
Someones Watching (Khazak)
Just So (Khazak)
Tell Me Something Good (Stevie Wonder)
Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin)
Preaching Blues (Lyrics: Robert Johnson, Arrangement: Rosenblatt/Khazak)
Twisted (Annie Ross)
Have I Been Waiting Or (Khazak/Thompson)
Scary (Bjork)
Don't Go (Rosenblatt/Khazak)
Pass You By (Gillian Welch)
Long Way Home (Rosenblatt/Khazak)
What the People Want (C. Thompson)
Tell Me Something (Rosenblatt/Khazak)
Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder)