Men Of North Country
Men of North Country emerged from Tel Aviv’s soul scene, bringing with them a fresh approach to creating the perfect three-minute soul nugget. The band started by chance, when soul DJ Yashiv Cohen was overheard singing along to the tunes he was playing at one of his Tel Aviv Soul Club parties. With the encouragement and eventual collaboration of his musician friends (from Israeli bands Electra, The Ramirez Brothers, Funk’n’stein and Coolooloosh) they formed Israel's finest soul outfit. And whilst managing to stay true to their beloved 60's Soul they also introduce a contemporary, fresh and personal twist.
In 2010 MONC signed with Acid Jazz Records, who put out their debut 7" - the double A-side single “Man of North Country/Debut”.
The single garnered glowing reviews (including a warm recommendation from London’s Metro) and was met with excitement all over Europe’s mod and soul scene.
The second single, a cover version of The Human League's "Mirror Man", which was released in May 2012, was a cheeky taster of what was to expect from the long awaited and exciting debut album.
“The North” is an album rippling with memorable melodies, infectious hooks and refreshingly honest lyrics, which betray the band’s love of a genre in which they truly excel. Influences worn with pride: The Teardrop Explodes, Style Council and Dexy’s, but with an approving nod towards their 60's favourites: Al Wilson, Robert Parker and Gloria Jones.
So make sure you don’t get left behind and that all arrows on your compass point to The North!