Born to South American parents on an Israeli army base, Itai Faierman came up through the Mashtis and the Bulletins to front his own fairly new (and increasingly large) ensemble, Speaker in Reverse. “When I was in the Bulletins, around late 2012, we were auditioning drummers and I met Shae [Moseley], who blew me away with his musical sensibilities. As fate would have it, he didn’t quite fit that project, but I maintained playing with him twice a week on my solo music, which leaned toward my hardcore roots, in addition to playing with Bulletins. Needless to say, I couldn’t do it for very long. Add a full-time job to the mix, and I told him we’d definitely play together in the future in some capacity.”
Fast forward 16 months. “I quit Bulletins and called Shae up to write a new batch of tunes, which were very different than what we’d been working on previously. The timing finally felt right and the pieces slowly fit into place. Shae and I worked consistently for four months until we were ready to bring in more members. Jeff [Grasmick, keys and percussion] was my next door neighbor in South Park.”
In October, Speaker in Reverse returned to where they recorded their first EP, Chaos Recorders, to work with Christopher Hoffee (Truckee Brothers, Steve Poltz, Atom Orr) on tunes for a vinyl seven-inch, “Natural” b/w “Vocal Daggers,” with three new members (for a total of six). They’ll play a download-release show at the Tin Can on Friday, November 28, with a vinyl-release event planned for January 30 at the Whistle Stop.
- Friday, November 28, 2014, 8 p.m.
1863 Fifth Avenue,
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?
1) Miike Snow, Happy To You. “Brilliant production, tones, and singing. I also like the fact that lead singer Andrew Wyatt was in a project with members of Jeff Buckley’s old band.”
2) Bombay Bicycle Club, So Long See You Tomorrow. “Beautiful three- and four-part harmonies, amazing guitar lines, and catchy tunes and sampling.”
3) Grimes, Visions. “The way she strips down songs to their absolute foundation, strikingly simple beats and lush vocals, while maintaining the feeling she’s trying to convey, blows me away.”
“Back in New York City, I worked for an illegal video production company selling door-to-door videos of all types, including cartoons, new movies, hard-to-find Traci Lord bootlegs from when she was still in her teens, and very strange fetish videos. I quit after two weeks.”
“The ability to read women’s minds. I would give them exactly what they wanted.”
UGLIEST THING IN YOUR CLOSET?
“I used to own a ’70s thrift-store shirt made out of pure polyester, with a putrid green and black paisley design. I didn’t think it was ugly, but I was told.”
“The Counselor was an awful movie: no plot, no story, terrible writing, and Cameron Diaz just sucking at being Cameron Diaz.”
“I don’t play video games anymore, but back in the day I was a whiz at Defender.”
BRUSH WITH FAME?
“I met [Pink Flamingos and Hairspray filmmaker] John Waters at a book-signing in New York a few years ago. He was very polite, very shy, and maybe a little drunk. He asked for my number so we could talk about our mutual love of pre–World War II documentaries. He never called.”
USELESS — BUT FASCINATING — TRIVIA?
“Pigs’ orgasms last 30 minutes. We should all be so lucky.”
SOMETHING YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT?
“Music, especially Hendrix.”
“George Carlin said, ‘The reason they call it “the American Dream” is because you have to be asleep to believe it.’ Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?”
WHAT’S YOUR RECURRING DREAM?
“I’ve been dreaming about Greenwich Village a lot lately, specifically where I grew up on Bleecker Street. In my dreams, the apartment building I lived in is still there, and the old Mexican janitor is still alive, handing out salt taffy on a hot summer night. Once I put the taffy in my mouth and start chewing, the janitor turns into my fifth-grade teacher, who used to wear enormous homemade bedsheets as dresses. She starts yelling at me that I’ll never amount to anything if I don’t stop listening to that awful rock music on my Walkman.”
WHO SHOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE?
“Jason Statham would do a pretty good job. I’ve been told I look like him. Probably the haircut.”
THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
1) “I studied classical and contemporary theater and film-acting at a conservatory in New York City and got kicked out for sleeping with one of my professors, who was ten years my senior.”
2) “I’m addicted to crunchy peanut butter.”
3) “I snuck out of my own You’re a Citizen Now! party in kindergarten because I couldn’t speak English.”