Dedicated To Foes Celebrating Friends

by Scrambled Eggs

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Hot on the heels of the haunted soundtrack they’ve created for the Joreige/Hadjithomas film ‘Je Veux Voir’, Lebanese punk icons Scrambled Eggs end a busy 2008 with this “modest” 2-song release, which does however hold a host of surprises.

The year 2008 saw the Eggs part ways with their guitarist, Marc Codsi, an active contributor to the band’s sound since 2001. Codsi’s tumultuous departure, in addition to the wealth of experience gathered from working with various musicians throughout the year, infiltrate the tracks featured here, and lend them a primal, DIY quality. The sophistication of the ‘Je Veux Voir’ soundtrack is eschewed in favor of a raw, abrasive sound, harking back to the punk aesthetic of the ‘Happy Together Filthy Forever’ EP, released in 2006.

The single was recorded with little budget, in lo-fi conditions that seep through the music and lyrics. The band, reduced to the core trio of Haber on guitar and vocals, Elieh on bass, and Rizkallah on drums, displays a frantic desire to land back on its feet after a period of artistic self-doubt, and succeeds in doing so admirably. Of the six or seven songs that the Eggs wrote and tested on the road in September 2008, 2 were selected for this single release, and a third, a furious cover of Abba’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, is hidden at the far end of the CD.

Self-produced by the group, this basic, back-to-the-roots package is a masterful way to end a difficult year, and an able return to form from one of the most revered bands on Beirut’s alternative music scene.

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released January 5, 2009

Charbel Haber - vocals & guitar
Tony Elieh - bass
Malek Rizkallah - drums

Lyrics by Charbel Haber
Music by Scrambled Eggs

Recorded & mixed at Tunefork Studios
Sleeve by Lana Daher & Alfred Tarazi

Originally produced and released by Scrambled Eggs
Distributed by Ruptured

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Lebanese indie label Ruptured was founded in 2008 by music and radio producer Ziad Nawfal and sound engineer and producer Fadi Tabbal from Tunefork Studios, as an outlet for their activities as music producers and promoters in Beirut.
Ruptured aims to release material by Lebanese and international artists, with a strong focus on alternative rock, electronic and experimental music.
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