The comment didn't sting so much as stick, ensuring he'd spend the next couple decades trying to prove everyone wrong. And wrong they were, starting with Lavie's studio and stage work alongside such acclaimed as Berry Sakharof, Marcy Playground, Arik Einstein, Yonatan Gat, Ryan Gosling, Dan Aykroyd, Habilium.
Now he is going solo under the moniker, Van Goose. Van Goose full-length debut is slated for release early 2019.
Habitual Eater is worth the wait, too, yet another left turn in a career built on complete 180s creatively. Echoing the early days of DFA, the propulsive no-wave and post-punk of 99 Records, and the iconic 12-inches of West End, songs like "Mike Myers," "Right Wave" and "On My Hand" sound like they were beamed from an old-school disco in outer space.
As for the album's surreal lyrics, let's just say it's no surprise that Lavie is a big fan of brash directors like Jim Jarmusch and Jean-Luc Godard. Cross that with a childhood spent putting Ziggy Stardust and the Chariots of Fire soundtrack on the same pedestal as Pet Shop Boys and "Pump Up the Jam," and, Van Goose has got something truly genre- less on its hands here.