YOTAM Premiers Video For “TONY SLY”


YOTAM’s video is live for “Tony Sly” off “California Sounds”.

“My friend Kevin who is doing a book in tribute for Tony Sly mentioned that a friend of his Steven Guerrero would be interested in possibly doing a video for my song “Tony Sly” off of California Sounds (Hardline Entertainment). I put him in touch with label owner Ken Seaton and they both set up a 7 am shooting at 3rd Street Tattoo in Hermosa Beach which Fletcher from Pennywise is a part owner of. Luckily I was just done with a 2 month tour and in the area. I didn’t sleep much the night before. We ended up shooting a few takes and that was it. The setting, the hour and Steve’s camera action made everything seem right.

I learned alot from Tony Sly over the years when my band Useless ID toured with No Use For A Name and when I worked with Tony on songs so this song is my thank you to Tony who shaped me musically from the first time I heard No Use so many years ago.”



YOTAM is presently on tour in Europe with Joey Cape of Lagwagon.



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Yotam (Useless ID) “California Sounds” European Tour Dates!


YOTAM of Useless ID announce European tour dates in support of his upcoming release “CALIFORNIA SOUNDS” out Oct 30th 2015 via Hardline EntertainmentJoining him will be Mike Neograf (Lyons).




29/10 Brussels @ La Porte Noire

30/10 Noord-Bradant @ Knoflook

1/11 Berlin @ Ramones Museum (Willwood)

2/11 Wroclaw @ Mei’s house

3/11 Valasske Mezirici @ Bar Lira

4/11 BRNO @ Pub U Dvou p?átel

5/11 Vienna @ Down Under

6/11 Slazburg @ Sub

7/11 Freiburg @ K.I.S.S

8/11 Antwerp @ Kavka

10/11 Nottingham @ The Dog House

11/11 Leeds @ Santiago Bar

12/11 Edinburgh TBA

13/11 Dundee @ Drouthy Neebors

14/11 Leceister @ The Exchange Bar

16/11 London TBA

18/11 Milan @ TBA with ROB MOIR

19/11 Livorno @ TBA with ROB MOIR

20/11 Lyon @ Yann’s House

Yotam-California Sounds


1) Days of Living
2) Where is The Time
3) California Sounds
4) Heaven Sent
5) Silver and Gold
6) Platonic
7) Catastrophe
8) Tony Sly
9) Grandfather
10) Young Man Bones
11) Crawling (Bonus Track)

Dropping everything you’re doing and starting from scratch is not an easy task especially when you’re in your mid 30’s.

After celebrating a successful 20 years of existence show with punk band Useless ID (Fat Wreck Chords) to a hometown crowd in Israel it was time to take a break.

Yotam set out to the States for some soul searching, the result: “California Sounds”.

After living in his car and random houses all over the States for the past 6 months in 2015, around 70 shows in with the likes of Frank Turner, Chad Price, The Ataris, Laura Jane Grace, etc…

Yotam stopped by Bob Hoag’s Flying Blanket Studios (Built to Spill, Ataris) which consists of mostly analog gear and guitars from the 1950’s, armed with 10 brand new songs and going for a vibe where you enter a studio and leave a day later with an album done like in in the early years of Bob Dylan.

“Nobody does this anymore, everyone is so caught up in sounding perfect and auto tune and it just kills character” he says, then adds “Bob was amazing, we did 1-2 takes of each song, making very quick decisions”

All live with some overdubs here and there, the album was mixed the next day and mastered a month later by Jason Livermore at The Blasting Room while Yotam passed by through Colorado for a show.

The album is more stripped down in sound and more punk in spirit than it’s predecessor “Distant Lover” which was released on Hardline Entertainment 3 years ago to be exact, as the name is stripped down as well. “Dropping my last name just felt natural after playing a show at Hermosa Beach opening for label mates The Bunny Gang featuring Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly, I looked at the stage times and it said Yotam 8:00-8:30 which just seemed more fitted for this album” says Yotam and adds “People just can’t remember my last name”, even Fat Mike whom I’ve known for years asked me one day “Dude, how do you say your last name again?”

Trying to catch the madness of tour life while it was happening “California Sounds” was recorded on May 4th between two US tours. It tells the story of questions that appear as we get older but aren’t ready yet to cross the line into adulthood like opener “Days of Living” , other themes dealing with new people entering our lives as others leave “Tony Sly”, “Grandfather” yet, an album is never complete without the ultimate break up song “Silver and Gold” or a lost love that didn’t come to fruition “Catastrophe” and pushing his limits to write songs on the road and completing them during drives “California Sounds”, “Young Man Bones”

“The comfort zone is the enemy” adds Yotam.



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