Literary influences explored...
Vaadat Charigim

Tel Aviv is a unique city in so many ways.

The Israeli city is enormously cosmopolitan, but remains extremely dangerous. A flashpoint for differing ideologies, a generation of young artists have come of age in this towering backdrop.

Vaadat Charigim are stalwarts of the city's music scene, with their drifting, emphatic shoegaze sounds incorporating lyrics sung entirely in Hebrew.

Remarkably, despite (or, indeed, because of) this the group have become cult heroes in the West. New album 'Sinking As A Stone' is a wonderfully personal, deeply intelligent document, analysing the complexities of the world in which they live.

Out now on Burger Records, the release is set to be followed by a rare British tour. Vaadat Charigim's Juval Haring agreed to take part in Their Library - check out his thoughts below.

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What is your favourite book and why?
Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy. Mostly because of its depiction of an era, and Italy.

What other authors do you like?
Joseph Conrad, Raymond Carver, James Joyce.

What draws you to certain books?
Most likely escapism. I also enjoy reading about characters that struggle with a lack of meaning, in a sort of sadistic way of me being in a vantage point, already knowing life has none.

Do your literary influences have a direct impact on your songwriting?
Sure. I often think of Kafka when I write characters into songs. Most of our songs are about people in maze-like, or loop-like situations, repeating actions, feelings, in a pointless way.

What are you reading at the moment?
I'm currently getting back into role playing, so I'm reading the Dungeons And Dragons core rule book for the player to freshen up before I start playing again.

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, as well as Lord Of The Flies by William Golding. I had a thing for books about Islands.

Did you make good use of your library card as a child / teenager?
Oh yeah. My school has this "reading level" system, in which you would advance levels if you read enough books of the same level. So I levelled up a lot.

Have you ever found a book that you simply couldn't finish?
I tried finishing Ulysses maybe five times.

Do you read book reviews?
Nope.

Would you ever re-read the same book?
Sure. I read adventure novels and sci-fi novels a few times. For example, when I was forced to join the army in Israel, an experience which I hated more than anything in my life, I would read Orwell's 1984 and imagine everyone around me was big brother. I went back to that book a few times in life when I felt the same hatred towards my surroundings.

Have you ever identified with a character in a book? Which one and why?
As a teen I identified deeply with Pirsig's character in the book Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Do you read one book at a time or more than one?
I guess one at a time.

Is there an author / poet you would like to collaborate with?
Sure. Nir Baram is a great Israeli writer. I'd love to one day score a movie based on one of his novels.

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Catch Vaadat Charigim at the following shows:

October
21 Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
22 Manchester The Old Pint Pot
23 Leeds Brudenell Social
24 London Shacklewell Arms
25 Brighton Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

Photo Credit: Goni Riskin

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