Moshiach Oi! is a New York Hardcore band with a full-throated passion for both Torah and Punk Rock. Educated in Jewish day schools, band founder Yishai Romanoff as a teenager gravitated to the Punk Rock scene, where he found an outlet for his manic energy and passionate beliefs. In 2008, after rediscovering his Jewish roots, Yishai began writing hardcore-punk songs with subject matter like learning Torah, bringing Moshiach and praising Hashem. Originally, Yishai was the only member of Moshiach Oi! “Oi!” = the Punk Rock sound of the British working class. “Oy!” = the eternal sound of the Jewish working class. Moshiach Oi! = the new sound of Jewish Hardcore Torah Punk Rock. Within a couple of months Yishai had recruited members from his friends’ bands Blanket Statemenstein and the Mr. Shabbos Show. With Mitchell Mordechai Harrison on bass, Pesach Simcha on drums, and Don Bonus on guitar, Moshiach Oi! was now prepared to take over the world and bring Moshiach by screaming “Oi!” Moshiach Oi! played its first shows in late 2008-early 2009 at different venues around NYC. Around this time, Moshiach Oi! entered the recording studio to start work on its debut album, with Don Bonus as producer and engineer. In February 2009, after finishing recording his parts for the album, Yishai decided to ascend to the Holy Land of Israel to learn in yeshiva. Before his departure, Moshiach Oi! played a farewell show at the Millinery Centre Synagogue in mid-town Manhattan (home of Chulent Thursdays). While in Israel, Yishai learned in yeshiva, dropped out of yeshiva, went Na Nach, and continued making Torah-Hardcore-Punk. In August 2009, Yishai returned to America upon the release of the Moshiach Oi! debut album, “Better Get Ready”.
Now its 2011/5772, and after another year of nonstop writing/playing/recording, Moshiach Oi! recently release their follow up album entitled “This World Is Nothing” (Shabasa Records, June 2011), which promises another round of sing along anthems and moving messages important for the entire world to hear. -Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman!