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"Just wanted to let you know the Mashtis are no longer together," Itai Faierman tells the Reader. "I have a new psych-rock project in the vein of late-era Syd Barrett. We start recording our first EP at the end of March."

Born on an army base in Israel, Faierman was raised in New York City. He relocated to San Diego in 2000, originally living at a Zen monastery in South Bay. After a few solo projects fizzled, he founded the Mashtis in 2009 with Erica Putis on bass and vocals and Neal Bociek on drums.

Image The Mashtis released their eponymous debut in 2010, followed in late 2011 by a seven inch vinyl record A Canopy of Sundays, recorded with Mike Kamoo at Earthling Studios in San Diego. It came with four additional songs on downloadable cards, in a limited edition run of 250 copies with collectible art packaging.

Image “The concept idea for the cover art,” says Faierman, “comes from some of the artwork on hardcore singles I collected growing up on the east coast, from bands like Quicksand, Dinosaur Jr, and Fugazi: gritty, black and white.”

Through the 2011 holidays, Faierman was in Berlin, playing a series of solo dates.

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