Good vibrations. Their album has recieved rave reviews 390.
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The gods of irony are probably cracking up.
Tel Aviv trio Reines Girls
are debuting their new album Nishmor Al Haverim (Take Care of Your Friends) next
week with special guests who are definitely not “Reines girls” – Tamar Eisenman,
Rona Kenon, Emily Karpel and cellist Hadas Kleinman.
According to the
band’s guitarist and singer Roi Friedlich, whose deep-throated vocals and spunky
guitar pop have created a local buzz, the group’s name is derived from a slang
term coined by Dann Ben-Amotz in his Dictionary of Spoken Hebrew
term ‘Reines girls’ was used in the 1970s to describe unattractive women whose
dates would walk with them on Reines Street, a side street of Dizengoff, so
fewer people would see them together,” explained the 37-year-old Friedlich last
week ahead of the debut show on February 29 at the Barby Club.
evidenced by the quartet of the above desirable females willing to share a stage
with them, these Reines Girls – rounded out by Gai Goldstein on bass and Nir
Wetstein on drums – do not need to walk in the shadows.Take Care of Your
, the band’s second album after their 2009 debut, has received rave
reviews in the local media, thanks to its first single, the effervescent “Slow
Motion,” which Yediot Aharonot
called “a juicy slice of 1960s energetic pop
Reviewing the entire album, Israeli entertainment magazine
came to the conclusion that “Reines Girls are still the rock group
that does it best in Hebrew in 2012.”
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“We worked on the album for about a
year, and I think the results speak for themselves,” said Friedlich.
band members all grew up in the Haifa area but only coalesced into a unit when
they moved to Tel Aviv in 2004.
“We got together around the time of our
army service and then got back together seven years later,” said Friedlich,
adding that in the interim, he had studied film and Goldstein had become a
graphic artist. But since then, Reines Girls has become their
Based on the musical results of their first two albums, it was
the right choice.
Produced bv Avihai Tuchman, who will join the band on
guitar at the gala premiere, Take Care of Your Friends
will likely sound as good
live as it does on record. And don’t forget to bring a date, whether you go via
Reines Street or Dizengoff.
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