The Raw Men Empire
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The Raw Men Empire

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Band Alternative Folk


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"My Indie Negev"

The cutest band in Israel. - Music Spot, by Zohar Ben Yesha

"Empires slowly rise"

Very surprising, very intimate on one hand, but very communicative on the other... at the end the crowd rose on its feet, thirsty for more - Play List, by Dikla Dayan

"The Empire Strikes Back"

Highly recommended... fun and fresh music. - NRG, by Nimrod Bousso

"The Raw Men Empire"

Fun folkish music... really makes you wanna sink your teeth into their raw meat. - Achbar Ha'Ir, by Kalia Mor

"MM – The Raw Men Empire"

They sound a bit like Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. And I’m certainly diggin’ it. Finally, after all my years of self-loathing I have a reason to like Israel. -, by Chicky

"In Dee Mail 2010 Vol VIII"

Anti-folk/freak-folk band from Tel Aviv, Israel were just drinking buddies until they began to experiment with making music. While their sound is a ways away from refined – therein ‘raw’ – it is almost like listening to demos of something that could someday be significant with just the right producer and engineer. - Indie Rock Cafe

"The Raw Men Empire – Elodie"

Eclettica formazione da Tel Aviv che si definisce anti-folk, in soli quindici minuti smontano qualsiasi criterio logico da indie-music per dar vita a quattro tracce insolite e irriverenti, complici le influenze musicali locali che cercano di insinuarsi nella struttura dei vari brani. Senza paura di infarcire le composizioni di strumenti e suoni poco ortodossi, ne di dilungarsi con le parti strumentali, TRME danno vita ad un prodotto sicuramente immaturo, ma proprio per questo particolarmente interessante. Tremo al pensiero di cosa potrebbe farne un produttore senza esperienza. - SonicBands Magazine, by Manuel Sechi (Italy)

"The Exception To The Rule #3 - The Raw Men Empire"

If Elodie is a sneaky peak into what these four guys from Israel have to offer, then I can't wait to hear more! - Kowalskiy Scottish Music Blog, by David Kowalskiy (Scotland)

"Happy Birthday, Elodie!"

Their new EP lasts for only 15 minutes, but it has more content and freshness than most full-length albums in the Israeli indie music scene... a wonderful work of art. - Ha'aretz, by Ben Shalev

"Super Freak"

A promising Israeli freak-folk band… cute and inventive… well worth your attention. - TimeOut, by Gal Uchovsky


Still working on that hot first release.



Small World Tour dates (EU/US)

The Raw Men Empire is an acclaimed freak-folk band based in Israel, currently touring Europe and the US, including shows at CMJ 2012 & Waves Vienna festivals. In its past European tours, the band showcased for the prestigious Reeperbahn and Popkomm festivals (Germany). It was also selected for SXSW 2012 (but couldn't make it...).

Jokingly referring to their style as "Pop Dylan", The Raw Men have been compared to the likes of Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, as well as anti-folk artist Jerey Lewis, for whom they opened during the Israeli leg of his tour.

Their live shows are always a happy and kicking event. Although they are mainly acoustic, they always manage to create a rocking experience thanks to their highly original arrangements and unique interaction with the audience.

The Raw Men have released two EPs, The Rise and Fall of (2009) and Elodie (2010), which got rave reviews both in Israel and abroad ("Charmingly lo-fi and unbashedly earnest" - The Prague Post, Czech Republic; "Delightful songs... smart arrangements with fantastic melodic ideas" - Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland). They collaborated with British pop mega star Daniel Bedingfield and won Best Music award in 2010 SmallBama theater festival. Currently they are recording their next release, due in late 2012.

It's happy music for sad people, and vice versa.

"A promising Israeli freak-folk band... cute and inventive... well worth your attention"
-- TimeOut

"Their new EP lasts for only 15 minutes, but it has more content and freshness than most full length albums in the Israeli indie music scene... a wonderful work of art"
-- Ha'aretz