Lev (my friend from Eilat
) hopped back north for a visit, which was perfect timing to go to the Hot Fur
CD release concert in the Koltura club
in Tel-Aviv. And let me tell you, it was the absolute bomb!
We arrived a little early (the show was supposed to start at 22:00 with the doors open at 21:00), the place was still nearly deserted and a Frank Zappa concert played in the background. We went out to grab a bite to eat, and when we came back people were starting to pile up. I don't really have much of an idea how many people were present when the show actually started (half an hour late...) but it was probably 150-200 as the place is supposed to be able to hold 400 people and it wasn't horribly packed.
Audience at large (you can thank Ilya Konstantinov for the pictures)
Hot Fur started by playing their new music video for "Adventure In Space", which was hilarious and got everyone riled up and ready for the concert; they immediately proceeded with "The Letter Vav" and over the next 1.75 hours proceeded to play most of their bread-and-butter repertoiré, including (but not limited) to "Sabres 15003", "I Won't Give Up" and (I think) "Tomatoes". Now what's really great about Hot Fur concerts is that they do not only make and play great music, but they also know how to put on a great show:
Between (and often during) musical segments guys related to the band would put on bizarre costumes and indulge in what must be the greatest fun the world: acting really stupid in front of hundreds of people who appreciate stupidity. I particularly liked this character (the main character in the "Adventures In Space" video), who for lack of a better name I like to call The Dude:
The Dude makes many appearances during the show...
... like this one
Among diverse distractions the band kept throwing roses at the audience, and I finally found myself looking thus:
Roses are red, violets are blue...
And eventually broke down altogether:
... I love Hot Fur, and so should you
At the end of the show, we finally managed to get our hands on our preordered Hot Fur CDs (which we've been eagerly awaiting for for the past year). Besides the great music us preorderers were delighted to find our names in the "thank you" section of the CD...
Hot Fur'll be appearing in Koltura again on July 27th (I think). Don't miss it.