| 2005 (2005)–Present|
Indie rock, Pop music
The Eighth Note, missFlag
| Gil Assayas
To Infinity, Turn It Off Plug It Out
missFlag is an indie pop-rock band from Jerusalem, Israel. Formed in 2005, the band's music is mostly influenced by the new wave of British music and alternative rock. The band consists of Gil Assayas, keyboards and lead vocals, Assa Bukelman, electric guitar, Shai Saadia, bass, and Assaf Kraus, drums and backing vocals (and up until lately also Ohad Eilam (former lead singer, guitarist and songwriter)).
missFlag's members have known each other years before forming the band. The group first started working together as a one time Tribute act for the British Rock band Coldplay. Up until lately the band consisted of five members, including the musician and songwriter Ohad Eilam (Guitar and Vocals). Later on the band continued working as a four piece band.
Shortly after the Coldplay tribute, the group started to perform, write and record their own music, which led to the creation of their first release - a self produced EP of 5 songs which was printed in only 1,000 copies. The EP caught the ear of music producer and songwriter from Los Angeles, California Guy Erez (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gipsy Kings, Adam Cohen, Sarah Bettens) who later produced missFlag's first studio album.
In early 2007, the group finished writing a lot of new material, from which 10 songs were chosen for the purpose of recording their debut studio album. "To Infinity" was produced by L.A. based producer Guy Erez and came to light later that year. The Album was a mile stone for the band in the crowded US market. Later that year, the group released a single from the album, called "Hidden Thieves" a rock ballad that caught the ear of the renowned radio D.J. and "taste-maker" Nic Harcourt from KCRW, the California-based public radio station. (Credited for discovering Travis, Dido, Coldplay, Norah Jones, Pete Yorn, and David Gray). The Jerusalem Post reviewed the album.
Hidden Thieves is probably the group's flag song. The single hit KCRW's top 20 charts, was praised in two different reviews by The Los Angeles Times, was downloaded digitally over 10,000 times and was nominated by the indie music website GarageBand as song of the week several times. Furthermore, The Spanish/American based radio station Fame Games Radio chose Hidden Thieves to be song of the week four times in a row, leading to a "Track of the Month" title.
In 2009, the group covered the Israeli classic "Uf Gozal" (Hebrew: עוף גוזל) by Arik Einstein and Miki Gavrielov, featuring Gavrielov himself in both the song and the video clip. Whilst the song was originally written in Hebrew, the band rewrote the lyrics in English and renamed the it Dreams of Flying but maintained the general concept of the song. The melody was kept but the arrangement was changed to fit missFlag's style.
Along the years, missFlag has cooperated with many artists and musicians, both in the studio and live on stage including; Jamie Muhoberac, (from the Hebrew Wiki→) Yirmi Kaplan, Miki Gavrielov, Sharon Moldavi, Lee Biran (Libi), Ohad Eilam, Michael Greilsammer, Mai Lev, Miki Geva, Rebbe-Che and many others.
"Still Alive" is a song by Jonathan Coulton, originally written as the ending credits theme for the PC game "Portal" by Valve Corporation. On November 10, 2007 missFlag uploaded to YouTube a cover version of the song, played at a rehearsal. The cover caught the ears of thousands of Portal fans, who urged the band to do a high-quality studio recording of their version. missFlag listened and recorded the song, released on March 16, 2008 as a free download from their website. The song was downloaded over 25,000 times and featured in numerous leading gaming sites.On September 17, 2007 missFlag played a live session in Harcourt's morning edition Morning Becomes Eclectic, and drew the attention of several major labels, including Universal Records who invited the band to LA for a showcase later that year.
That same month, missFlag was also invited to play in Hollywood's American Film Institute film festival.
In December 2007, missFlag's song "Fortune" was selected as KCRW's Top Tune.
On March 10, 2007 the group performed with the British-Israeli band Blackfield (Steven Wilson, Aviv Geffen) at the Knitting Factory, in Hollywood, California.
Since 2006, the band has toured the USA four times, from East Coast to West Coast, covering over 20 states.
The Austin American-Statesman newspaper has picked missFlag's show at "Antone's" in Austin, Texas as the Best Bet for March, 2007.
ABC Radio Networks "Fame Games" featured missFlag in "Red Carpet" - The Global Breakthru Chart No. 15 (May 16, 2009).
The band has been selected as one of the top 5 nominees for 8 awards, including: Best Overall Artist, Best Group (Rock), Most Popular band, Best Overall vocal, in ABC Radio Networks Fame Games Effigy Awards.
In 2008, their single "Hidden Thieves" was nominated in the Alternative category at the Hollywood Music Awards.
In June 2005, their song "Run" made it to the top 5 in the 'rock' category at the VH1 "Song of the Year songwriting contest".
JLTV (Jewish Life Television) nationwide US TV channel did a feature on the band.
#First EP - Released in 1.1.2006.
#To Infinity - Released 2007.
#Turn It Off Plug It Out - Released 2012
Hidden Thieves - Released in 20.4.2007
You're Not Easy To Love - Released in 18.6.2008
Dreams of Flying - Released in 2009.
To InfinityTo Infinity · 2007MissFlag Wikipedia
Arabian SongTurn It Off Plug It Out · 2012
Drag Me OnTurn It Off Plug It Out · 2012