Monotonix Returns (Sort Of) to the Site of Its Busted Leg December 4

Have you ever seen acrobatic Israeli punks Montonix in action? It's almost like these three dudes (Ami Shalev, Yonatan Gat, and Haggai Fershtman) are the bastard triplet sons of Iggy Pop, Nadia Comăneci, and Tel Aviv's drunkest team of Krav Maga experts. And really, one just assumes that superhuman flexibility, flawless reflexes, and superior training should naturally prevent injury.

Umm ... Wrong. The last time Monotonix made the South Florida scene, it all ended with a busted leg.

At approximately the 15-minute point of the band's Respectable Street show on January 27, singer Shalev hopped down off bandmate Haggai's shoulders and his knee exploded. END OF SHOW.

It was Montonix's first cancelled gig in more than 700. And a couple of days later, guitarist Gat described the accident in a MySpace missive: "Ami had a bad landing on his feet during the first song. he was on Haggai, then he jumped down, and got a bad pain in his right knee, it's something he's been carrying since a blow he suffered at a show in tel aviv in the summer of 2008."

But now, Monotonix is out of traction and revving up for the 2011 release of its second full-length, Not Yet, as well as a December 4 return (sort of) to the site of Shalev's busted leg.

Rather than revisit Respectables and all those gory memories, though, Monotonix is planning to take I-95 another 68.5 miles into South Florida's deep, creepy heart where it'll all go down at the Electic Pickle. Expect rock 'n' roll wrestling and wreckless acts of auto-destruction.

Let's just pray our joints are limber enough to survive the onslaught.

Montonix. Saturday, December 4. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Call 305-456-5613 or visit

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