Monday, October 18, 2010

TV Buddhas make it to the end of 50-date US tour despite every inclination to bail.

Band plays CMJ this week, posts more installments of “Band In The Modern World” series.


TV Buddhas (L-R Uri Triest, Juval Haring, Mickey Triest)


TV Buddhas – Band In The Modern World

Episode 7 – No More Neighborhood”:

Episode 6 – Band In The Modern World”:

Episode 5 – You’ll Never Reach The Ocean”:

Episode 4 – Optimism Will Be The End of Us”:

Episode 3 – The Neverending Story”:

Episode 2 – No Adventure Today”:


“Band In The Modern World” is a documentary by TV Buddhas about a band (TV Buddhas) starting from the bottom in the contemporary underground music scene in the USA. Unlike the usual band-on-tour movies showing the band in a positive, cool sort of way, here we see a band struggling, loosing money, and arriving to shows where the promoter forgot about the show, where there was no audience because there was no promotion or no one cared.

The band goes around the United States, sharing the highs and lows of a DIY booked tour in 2010. During the winter of 2011, this vlog will be expanded into a feature film that will travel across Europe and the US in small theaters and festivals.  The movie will show how the underground scene in the US has become an oversaturated and impersonal place, through the experiences of a contemporary DIY touring band, sharing its ups and downs, its hopes and dreams, its road mis-adventures all across America.  The documentary is full of songs written throughout the tour, punk rock songs of alienation, desperation, and the death of small things in rock and roll.


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TV Buddhas at CMJ

New York, NY @ R-Bar (CMJ)

10/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Party Expo (CMJ)


TV Buddhas
TV Buddhas
(We Are Busy Bodies, OUT NOW)

Track Listing:

1. Let Me Sleep (MP3)
2. Going Out On Saturday
3. Hip Street
4. Defies Definition
5. Fast Generation
6. Fun Girls (MP3 | STREAM | VIDEO)


More about TV Buddhas

TV Buddhas’ self-titled debut EP was recorded in Berlin in one hour using one mic and a basic tape machine in an attempt to make a spontaneous recording with almost no prior preparations. The band was seeking a way to achieve something raw, not by work on the mix, but rather by just going in and rushing the job. The result is a short record that is oozing with late seventies punk sensitivities and a lo-fi sound that is both gritty and powerful.

The EP was written out of the angst and pressure of being on tour year round. Consisting of brother and sister Uri and Mickey Triest, and Mickey’s husband Juval Haring, TV Buddhas has been playing 200 shows a year since they relocated from their home of Tel Aviv, Israel to Berlin, Germany in 2007. On constant tour, the band’s everyday life got lost and their privacy was invaded by the “cool” people they had avoided contact with through their teen years.

Not having any kind of domestic existence or place to call sanctuary, TV Buddhas turned to their music and put their frustration into words. They wrote about being too tired to face a show, too tired to go out during the very few times they were home, feeling awkward walking down the street in hip neighborhoods, not feeling at home or fitting anywhere besides their own heads, and feeling completely out of their element around other rock n’ roll bands.

The result of this is a unique punk rock record reflecting the image of a band of outsiders making a dirty sound that is honest, primal and full of feelings of impatience and alienation. The EP echoes the kind of discontentment typical of bands like The Wipers and a straightforward quality reminiscent of The Modern Lovers.

The song “Fun Girls” sung by the band’s drummer, Mickey Triest, is almost like a monologue, a testimonial of a private world, threatened by a vulgar mass of Polaroid glory girls. The EP’s cover is also worth mentioning, quoting the style of Raymond Pettibon, and the attitude of Black Flag, whose touring style and ethics have influenced bands worldwide, even reaching three disgruntled record shop workers in Israel who were just looking for a reason to quit their jobs and do something real.

See below for a complete list of US dates.  Members of TV Buddhas are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom for more info.


TV Buddhas Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion, Inc.


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