The bastard love child of Elvis and Lux Interior, Israeli guitarist Charlie Megira brewed a heady amalgam of ’50s trash rock, surf-y tremolo, and reverb-drenched goth during his all-to-brief 44 trips around the sun. Born in Beit She’an near the banks of the Jordan in 1972, Megira didn’t cut his first record until he was nearly 28, after only a few short months playing the guitar. Over the course of the next decade and half, Megira fronted the Modern Dance Club and Beth She’an Valley Hillbillies on three occasions, and left four other albums/CDRs worth of solo detritus behind for the world to make sense of. Armed with only an Eko guitar, a black tuxedo, and his signature wrap-around shades, Charlie Megira was a mold-breaking artist who disintegrated while we were all staring at our phones.
Megira recorded and released several versions of The End of Teenage, all with his backing duo the Beth She’an Valley Hillbillies. Tracked between 2013-2015, Teenage finds bassist The Dead Girl and percussionist Corso locked into the same wave, with Megira tube riding between them with his sinewy guitar style. The surf eventually crumbles into madness. Teenage ends.