Tel Aviv

Biography by

The indie rock group Tel Aviv was formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1994 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Comer and guitarist/synth player Jay Kraus, longtime best friends whose teen years were…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

The indie rock group Tel Aviv was formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1994 by singer/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Comer and guitarist/synth player Jay Kraus, longtime best friends whose teen years were spent listening to Duran Duran and Wham! records. Under the name Korova, they recorded a demo tape the summer after graduating from high school, and mailed a copy to TeenBeat Records; the company initially passed on signing the group, but later, label chief Mark Robinson stumbled across the tape, listening to it obsessively during a trip to Europe. With no other information other than the group's name, Robinson futilely searched for Korova on the internet; he then went on tour with his band Air Miami, with their schedule including a date at Oberlin College, where Comer was attending school. He introduced himself to Robinson at the concert, and quickly the duo was signed to TeenBeat; changing their name to Tel Aviv, they issued their debut single "Cigarette" in mid-1995, followed that fall by their self-titled debut LP. Adding fellow Oberlin student and keyboardist Raymond Sweeten, they returned in early 1997 with The Shape of Fiction.