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Guitarist and experimental composer Yonatan Gat was a founder of Monotonix, described as "the most exciting live band in rock'n'roll" by SPIN.
They played 1000 infamous concerts during a legendary 5-year run, touring with Pavement and Faith No More. They also attracted controversy in their home country of Israel, where they became banned from performing.

In his new home, the Village Voice named Gat "Best Guitarist in New York, 2013”. The following year his EP, Iberian Passage, recorded in Portugal, came out on Joyful Noise. 

Director, Gat's debut full-length, was a series of improvisations tracked live by Thee Oh Sees producer Chris Woodhouse. He then released Physical Copy, an EP recorded by Steve Albini, and began expanding his ensembles to include Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Thor Harris (Swans) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof)

2018's Universalists coincided with a split 7" with Brazil's Os Mutantes and a guest solo on Entente by Nigerien legends Tal National.

Co-produced by Silver Jews frontman David Berman, the album consisted of live improvisations, "rearranged electronically in ways that suggest Teo Macero, DJ Screw, Yeezus-era Kanye West, but not much else in rock music." (PopMatters)

Vocals were cut from Alan Lomax field recordings, Gat's own voice and a collaboration with the Native American group Eastern Medicine Singers. NPR described it as "incredible, unforgettable chaos," referring to Gat's concert as "one of the most incredible performances you'll ever see."

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