There hasn't been much happening in the Balkan indie music scene since we last heard from Beirut. In 2006, their stunning debut, Gulag Orkestar, impressed listeners with its unconventional Eastern European sound, erupting from a massive horn section.
Street: Sum up your band in an offensive quote.
Zach: We're explosive like Iran.
Street: Why should anyone in his right mind come see Leviathan perform?
Zach: I prefer they come not in their right minds.
Ben: When was the last time someone heard a Leviathan?
As an angst-addled adolescent, my favorite Nirvana song was "Oh, Me" from the MTV Unplugged record. When I eventually replaced cassette with CD, I discovered in the liner notes that "Oh, Me" and two other tracks were in fact Meat Puppets covers.