When most people think of Jewish music and Klezmer, they imagine the sort of music that their grandparents from Odessa might have listened too.
They may even think of it, as something out of the film version of Fiddler on the Roof, all schmaltzy and full of fat, but the reality of course is that Jews who play Jewish music and indeed Klezmer don't have to put up with the Fiddler on the Roof comparison.
If Jews want to perform Klezmer using swear words, why not? After all, some of the best Klezmer that came out of Eastern Europe was performed by bands who were drunk and whose members would sometimes quite literally show their members. Punk didn't start with the New York Dolls, Punk probably started sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century by the Jewish wandering musicians who would perform their klezmer.
And carrying on the fine tradition of "up yours" Klezmer, is New York-based Golem.
Named after the mystical creature created by Rabbi Lowew that saved the Jews from danger in Prague, this 21st century Golem are saving Jewish music by reinventing it.
Fronted by Annette Ezekiel who speaks five languages including Yiddish, Golem bring energy and vibrancy to a market, that traditionally has played safe.
Ezekiel who also plays accordion shares vocals with band member Aaron Diskin. Others in the band include: Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Alicia Jo Rabins (violin), Taylor Bergren-Chrisman ( Contrabass) and David Griffin (Trumpet).
Golem rock and go beyond most other Jewish bands with not just great music, but also a sense of humor.
Take for example Golem Gets Married. Ezekiel read up about an old Jewish tradition that used to take place in the tourist destination of New York's Catskills, where at the end of the summer season, the hotel owners would throw a mock wedding to celebrate the end of the season. Men in drag, women in costume, it was a fun event that allowed everyone to let their hair down. Having thought it was a good idea, Golem have now put on their own modern version of this old-school event.
Their most recent release, Homesick Songs celebrates eastern Europe and the lands form where the bands forefathers and indeed mothers came from - Odessa, Romania, Bukovina, Nikolayev, Belz and Bialystok. Listening to them, provides a warm, fuzzy feeling - but expect the unexpected as one minute the songs may sound nice but then you get the expletives.
Golem are a band that tease and seduce you, like a madam at a brothel, they make you feel welcome and will do their utmost to make sure what you get is pleasing, so that you will come again.
And if you want Golem for your wedding or even barmitzvah, they'll be up for it.
Want to get a teaser of Golem? Then catch them on September 25 at the New York Jewish Music & Heritage Festival where they perform as part of the grand finale.
Visit Golem on the web at: www.GolemRocks.com