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Art rockers from Israel in town

A "visual art rock" band from Israel, Eatliz, crosses quite a few genres and borders, presenting pop with a Middle Eastern edge, guitar stomps and haunting vocals.

The six-piece band, including mesmerizing lead singer Lee Triffon, will perform tonight at Yuyingtang live house, in a show that includes spectacular visuals.

Triffon is known as one of the vocal acrobats in the contemporary alternative music scene.

The innovative band from Tel Aviv will perform songs from its three albums and upcoming fourth album to be released this year.

Eatliz makes dreamy, atmospheric songs and imbues them with complex and ornate arrangements and haunting vocals. Many songs are complicated pop and the combination of various styles in a single song has made the band popular across genres, ages and continents.

The band is performing at JUE, the urban alternative arts festival in China, taking place both in Shanghai and Beijing. Now is its fourth year, JUE offers international and local live acts and arts of various kinds.

Besides artful music, Eatliz places great emphasis on staging and video art, making the shows an audio-visual experience. Their animation music videos such as "Lost This Child, Hey" have been seen by millions world wide and shown on MTV.

Their debut tour in China has included Hong Kong, Changsha (Hunan Province), Wuhan (Hubei Province), Nanjing (Jiangsu Province) and neighboring Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province. Beijing will be the final stop after Shanghai.

The band describes its China stops as "wild."

In an e-mail to Shanghai Daily, the band says, "The people are really into it and thankful we made it all the way from Israel to China. We feel very welcomed and get great energy from the crowd.

"We love it when people come with their mind and heart open for music and come to have fun with us, so even when we play new songs that are yet to be released the reactions are strong and we get the feeling of people wanting more," the statement says.

Eatliz has been recognized in China with awards at the 11th Sichuan TV Festival, the China Xiamen International Animation Festival and the China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival.

After the China tour, the band will continue working on its fourth album and add more visuals to its shows. They will tour summer festivals in Europe.

Date: March 23, 9pm

Venue: Yuyintang live house, 851 Kaixuan Rd.

Tickets: 50 yuan


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