-Name: Scrambled Eggs
-Members: Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Malek Rizkallah
-Former Members: Marc Codsi, Said Elieh
-Years Active: 2000 or 2001-Present
-Genre: Post-Punk, Experimental, Noise, Improvisation
-History: I really don’t know the intricate details, but here’s all I can come up with:
In 2000 or 2001, Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Marc Codsi , and Said Elieh formed a group and named themselves Scrambled Eggs .
They released their first album, “Human Friendly Noises”, in 2002. It had a wide influence on the scene and was well received. In 2004, they released their second effort “No Special Date Nor a Deity to Venerate”, which was also highly praised. Near the end of that same year, they started their own record label, “Those Kids Must Choke” and released a third album, “Nevermind Where, Just Drive”, which was described as being highly experimental and unconventional.
In 2004 (I think), Scrambled Eggs worked on the soundtrack of the film “A Perfect Day” by Lebanese filmmakers Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, later receiving the Best Soundtrack Award at the Festival des Trois Continents in Nantes, France for it.
It was around this time when Said left in order to live abroad in the US. He would later be replaced by their current drummer, Malek Rizkallah.
One year later, the Lebanese-Israeli conflict took place and so they released their fourth album “Happy Together, Filthy Forever” as a reaction to it.
In 2008, they would once again provide their services for a soundtrack to another movie by the two Lebanese directors Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, this time the film “Je Veux Voir”. Later that year, Marc would part ways with the band, pursuing his own project, Lumi, with vocalist Mayaline Hage. Scrambled Eggs would go on to record and release an EP (or single) of two tracks called “Dedicated to Foes Celebrating Friends”.
Throughout these years, they have played in several locations in Lebanon and even outside of Lebanon, playing in France, USA, UK, and Germany, among many others.
Recently, they were selected as one of three finalists in John Varvatos’ music contest, “Free the Noise”. Winners of the contest would get a big record deal and be featured in John Varvatos’ international ad campaigns. They were scheduled to go to New York and participate in the finals, but unfortunately couldn’t make it due to Visa problems.
Last year, they collaborated with improvisers, Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin, and others on a record of experimental, improvised music. The project will be called “Scrambled Eggs and Friends” and will be released sometime in the future under a new label called “Johhny Kafta’s Kids Menu”.
-Sound: I have not heard Scrambled Eggs’ full discography, but I have concluded that they are truly “post-punk” in every sense. They wear a double-faced mask. Look at them from one side and you will see punk, look at them from the other, and you will see experimentation, improvisation, and noise. Look them straight, directly from the front, and you will simply see post-punk, a coalescence of both elements.
They are no strangers to improvisation in particular, as they have participated in Lebanon’s annual improvisational music festival, “Irtijal”, in several combinations such as XEFM (Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Fadi Tabbal (The Incompetents), and Abdallah Ko), BAO (Charbel Haber, Mazen Kerbaj, Jad Balaben), and others.
Charbel’s voice fits the genre he sings to. He utilizes it to aptly set the mood of the song, which could be energetic and “dancey”, or moody and “tired”.