Rockfour

Rockfour

 Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, ISR
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Complex song-craft, pristine pop harmonics; balanced on raw energetic immediacy. Prog-pop, chiming 12-string jangle, classic rock riffing, atonal squalls of lead driving into the arena of 70’s rock. Fripp and Page duel with Sonic Youth, retaining a psychedelic dose of Pink Floyd and The Byrds.

Biography

Rockfour is one of the most important and influential bands in Israel for the past 15 years. Their signature sound is a tightly knit mesh of a guitar driven harmony that hints at Love, Grandaddy, The Byrds and Wilco. The band debut album was released in 1991 while its follower, the 1994 The Man Who Saw It All is wildly regarded as the triumph album of the Israeli rock scene in the last 20 years.

The bands first international recognition was achieved thanks to the outstanding reviews of the 2000 release Supermarket, an album that also appeared in the year’s “best of” list of rolling stone magazine.

Supermarket was followed by three international releases that helped build an indie cult status for Rockfour by getting fabulous responses in media outlets such as NPR, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and The Los Angeles Times (which dubbed it a “world-class band flexing its musical muscles”). The band spent 5 years of constant touring; they played several times in CMJ, SXSW and other festivals while also performing as opening acts for Dave Matthews Band, the B-52s and Blondie.

In 2004 they released Nationwide in psych rock label Rainbow Quartz, the album was produced by Jim Diamond (The White Stripes)

Memories of the Never Happened marks Rockfour’s first release with Anova Music and Cooking Vinyl (US). The album included 11 energy-packed tracks mixed with vaulting jams and melodic harmonies, and was received high rotation in stations like KCRW (on 'Morning Becomes Eclectic') and other college radio stations.

In 2009, the band joined one of the most successful Israeli singers, Ninet Tayeb, to produce her second album. The album was critically acclaimed and the band was praised for its production and playing skills throughout the album.

May 2010 saw the release of their new album The Wonderful World that consists of Hebrew songs, for the first time in 15 years.

Lyrics

Astronauts

Written By: Rockfour

Long before the astronauts, the Soviets and the science
Never thought to end up on a soft-pack full of lies
All across the land of ours the future is exciting
Hard to find the words to fit inside this silly line

We can't decide who is on our side

Signals from the past that all the papers keep denying
Pre-historic bones still have a story to be told
Long before the astronauts, the Soviets and the science
Never thought to end up on a soft-pack full of lies

We can't decide who is on our side

Young Believer

Written By: Rockfour

Come on young believer where the magic is alive
Word is out and finally the monster's done
Unlock the pressured drivers to unfold a softer ride
Whistle some songs that use the words of love

In June I'll be tired so I'll take longer coffee breaks
Sweets keep 'em smiling when their love is sugarless

The scent of reminiscence has been sprayed into the open air
Hold your breath, close your eyes and don't look back
Bells striking madly they can lead things to a better spot
Whistle some songs that abuse the words of love

In June I'll be tired so I'll take longer coffee breaks
Sweets keep 'em smiling when their love is sugarless

Goes Around

Written By: Rockfour

Alright for your eyes only
No risk damn good for real
What goes may never come again
The wheel of fortune spins

Oh soon he smiled it's gold
I sometimes see him waiting for the train
What goes around may never come around ya
The wheel of fortune took me for a ride

So here am I left to save those dimes now
In fact the pennies have new meaning too
What goes around may never come around ya
the wheel of fortune spins into this dream

Alright for your eyes only
No risk damn good for real
What goes may never come again
The wheel of fortune spins

Don't run away

What goes may never come again
The wheel of fortune spins

Half and Half

Written By: Rockfour

Way back someone came into my life
Approaching me
Hey stranger do you have a light
Found some matches he tapped my helping hand
Someday you'll be thankful for this thing you've done

Obviously, so intrigued
was an important deal to learn more about this

Seconds later standing all alone
Where Broadway meets with Bond St. felt like chewing gum
Fingered out as some unlucky guy
Suddenly it hit me he was a mirrored I

Obviously, so intrigued
was an important deal to learn more about this
Half was he and a reflection of me
Too bad for him his part was crying

Anomalies said got released
Get us through different aisles

Come and see evil free
Meet the perfect person
as we talk sensibly
With passion now unleashed
all the same have your doubts
Call me one track minded
Take control of your acts
I guess you can’t believe
I know you’re hurting

Government

Written By: Rockfour

Unhappy chords you better count the seconds
It’s gonna crack, collect the dirty matters
Surrender to the old addictions
Look at yourself, a copycat with no religion
That’s what you are

The choice you’ve made within the circumstances
Citizen Kane, you are like stormy weather
Electric heads and fashion t-shirts
No acts of innocence
Your face is on the television
Look what you’ve done

The blame’s on everyone…

Here it goes again
Isn’t it time to change the government?
Here it goes again
Isn’t it time to find our innocence?

The money’s gone, the money’s gone
You better switch off the lights
Look out, you’ll never make it
Using only escalators, private airplanes
A twisted life of contradictions
It’s suicide

the blame’s on everyone…

Here it goes again
Isn’t it time to change the government?
Here it goes again
Isn’t it time to find our innocence?

Automatic information
Fast communications turning right
Pornographic windows
Hell, you are approaching fast to second twenty-one

Here it goes again
Isn’t it time to change the government?
Here it goes again
Isn’t it time to find our innocence?

Dear Truth

Written By: Baruch Ben Izhak and Marc Lazare

Dear truth you are responsible
you're to blame in every way
'cause after all I wasn't made for this
after all no one was made for this

Had enough of all this underground
heads up for the new religion
cause after all I wasn't made for this
after all no one was made for this

Never pointed dirty fingers
never called you awful names
cause after all I wasn't made for this
after all no one was made for this

Pushing you need answers
Got a heaven of our own
And there's nothing left to breath for
Still we dig into the bone

Watching you forever
Got some questions, so involved
And there's nothing left to breath for
Still we dig into the bone

Discography

The Wonderful World - LP - 2010
Anova Music
Memories of the Never-Happened - LP - 2007
Anova Music
Nationwide - LP - 2004 Rainbow Quartz
For Fans Only - LP - 2003 Earsay
Another Beginning - LP - 2002 Rainbow Quartz
One Fantastic Day - LP - 2001 EarSay
Supermarket - LP - 2000 - Orchard

Set List

HONEY
YOUNG
RAIN (Beatles cover)
ORANGE JAZZ
NATIONWIDE
S.O.S (ABBA cover)
GOES AROUND
CRUSH ON SUBTITLES
IT AIN'T EASY
WALK ON BY (Stranglers cover)
ROUTE 66
BLINK
ASTRONOMY Domine (Pink Floyd cover)
ASTRONAUT
WILD ANIMALS
HALF & HALF