Big Thief have released a statement defending their decision to book two shows in Tel Aviv, Israel—bassist Max Oleartchik’s hometown—on July 6-7. In an Instagram post, the band said “It is important for us to share our homes, families and friends with each other in order to gain a deeper understanding of one another and the people and places that have made us who we are. It is important for us to go where we have family to share space and play for them. It is foundational. It is in that spirit that we made our decision to play in Israel.” Check out the full statement below.
This will not be the first time the band has booked shows in Israel. Big Thief first played Barby in Tel Aviv in November 2017; they planned to return in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down touring globally. With the announcement of the 2020 show, the band shared a statement on Facebook nearly identical to the one posted to Instagram this week.
The full contents of Big Thief’s Instagram post read:
Big Thief released their latest album Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You in Februrary. They wrapped the U.S. leg of their world tour last month; they kick off a run of European dates in Paris this weekend.
Check out Pitchfork’s “Interview” feature “Big Thief on Learning to Loosen Up and Their Epic New 20-Track Album.”