INFECTED MUSHROOM FACTS:
Members: Amit Duvdevani, Erez Eisen, Tom Cunningham, Erez Netz, Rogério Jardim
Hometown: Kiryat Yam, Israel
Albums: The Gathering (1999); Classical Mushroom (2000); B.P. Empire (2001); Converting Vegetarians (2003); IM the Supervisor (2004); Vicious Delicious (2007); Legend of the Black Shawarma (2009)
Hits: "Slow Hands," "Evil," "The Heinrich Maneuver"
From humble beginnings in Northern Israel, Infected Mushroom has grown over the years to become internationally popular. With a psychedelic mix of trance and electronic music spanning more than a decade, the duo has managed to carve out a wide fan base that continues to grow.
The group was originally formed by friends Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdaveni, who began playing together in 1998. Though they started off under a different name, they soon landed on Infected Mushroom and released their debut album, The Gathering, in 1999. The record featured an innovative sound that had yet to be heard in popular music. Most notably, in the sprawling eight minute track "Psycho," the pair drew samples from unusual sources, including the films Batman & Robin and Star Trek: First Contact.
The band got even more experimental the following year when they released Classical Mushroom, an album which drew largely from classical music. The result was something special, and the record features what is widely considered to be their most iconic track "Bust a Move," which also included samples from the movie Species II.
After teasing fans with an EP in the early 2000s, the group got back to work soon thereafter and the result is considered to be their most controversial piece of work. Their 2003 album Converting Vegetarians was comprised of two disks, the second of which was replete with experimental, mind-bending tunes that pushed the boundaries of music. However, the next year, the band took things in a very different direction with IM the Supervisor. The record had a much more commercial sound and thanks to the track "Cities of the Future," is their most financially successful album.
Once they tested the waters with somewhat new sounds, Infected Mushroom continued to make waves with the 2007 album Vicious Delicious. The record incorporated some new elements into their music, including hip-hop styling and nu-metal elements. The album garnered mixed reviews from critics, but some fans applauded its new approach.
While Infected Mushroom's most recent album was 2009's Legend of the Black Shawarma, the band continued to unveil singles after its release, including the 2010 EP Deck and Shecker. There are certainly few bands like Infected Mushroom. With their difficult-to-pin down genre and ever-changing sound, they will continue to keep fans on their toes for years.