Oran Halberthal


Why have one neck when you can have two?

At school I was always that weird geek listening to that odd music that people can’t dance to. After hearing the likes of Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin filtering out of my elder sister’s bedroom, I started listening to some serious prog rock bands like Yes, Van Der Graaf Generator, King Crimson and a few others.

When my brother brought home two borrowed LPs by this band called Genesis, (The Lamb and Wind and Wuthering), I found them difficult to listen to and couldn’t actually tell that they’re from different eras. However, after listening to them for a while I started enjoying the music and was intrigued to find out more about Genesis, but living in Israel pre-Internet made it challenging.

Undaunted, I used to go to music shops after school and talk to people to try and get as much information as I could. There was one particular tiny shop I came across that would import LPs on order. I seized the moment! I ordered Nursery Cryme and had to wait about 5-6 weeks for it to arrive. The memories of the bus ride back home with the album in my hands sipping every word on the LP cover are amongst the best I’ve had as a teenager. When I got home I put the headphones on, took the LP out of the cover, placed the needle gently on it and 35 years later I still think it’s the perfect music.

I didn't pick up a bass guitar for the first time until I was nearly 30, playing with a group of friends and then later on joining my first performing band which played mostly originals and a few covers. I learnt that playing live is what I enjoy most. In 2006 I became the second member of a forming Pink Floyd tribute, later known as Echoes, with whom I played around 100 gigs over the last 9 years. Echoes broke up earlier this year which meant I was available to audition for Nursery Cryme, and better still they seemed to like what I do!

Genesis have always been my favourite band so I really look forward to each live gig I play with Nursery Cryme.