Second Album on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records – February 2011
“This [is] a fiery and soulful CD that you will listen to again and again. Intense new Jewish music from this exciting quartet of young rebels. – John Zorn
Coming off a critically acclaimed and highly successful debut on Tzadik records, Pitom continues to evolve the unique brand of music they call “punkassjewjazz” with Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes, their second release for Tzadik. Composed by bandleader and guitarist Yoshie Fruchter as a sonic homage to the Jewish day of repentance, Yom Kippur, the music is an intense exploration of the mental and spiritual intensity associated with this holiday.
“On ‘Pitom’ (Tzadik), guitarist Yoshie Fruchter mixes grunge, jazz, Zappa, noise-rock and a dollop of surf music with Jewish modes and scales to create a loud, raucous album full of noise and virtuosityŠ A dazzling debut.” – Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal
Produced by Pitom bassist and virtuoso noisemaker Shanir Blumenkranz, Blasphemy takes the band into a deeper, darker and heavier territory – showcasing their penchant for gut-wrenching grooves, while never letting go of their catchy melodic phrasing. Like the Melvins, Nirvana and other bands of the late eighties/early ninteties punk/grunge era, this record is somber and full of angst, but with an underlying stream of wistfulness and humor. Continue reading