When Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen got out of the Israeli military in the mid-’90s and formed a musical duo, they didn’t anguish over a name; instead, they just appropriated one from some old friends – Infected Mushroom.
“I know Infected Mushroom is an unusual name and everybody wants to know how we came up with it,” Duvdevani said. “But it was simple. We didn’t create it. It was the name of a different band in high school and we just thought it was a good name.”
The band started in the northern city of Nahariya, not far from Lebanon, where Duvdevani saw some action when in the army.
“There were troubled times, but it comes with the territory over there,” he said. “There are sad affairs today, but unfortunately we will probably be able to say the same thing after a year.”
Best known for innovating “psychedelic trance” music, a subset of electronic dance music or EDM, Infected Mushroom has been hailed as “sonic innovators,” earning distinction as one of the best-selling acts in Israeli music history. Its 1999 debut “The Gathering” first got the band notice on dance floors around the world, but 2007’s “Vicious Delicious” made it a major force.
“We first played rock and punk, but then techno came to Israel in 1990,” Duvdevani explained. “I was a keyboard player and I was hooked, blown away, immediately diving into it. I’d always wanted to produce music, not just play it.”
The duo has continued to innovate and earn fans, what with the 2012 release of “Army of Mushroom,” their most uninhibited and trippy album yet; and last year’s FungusAmongus Tour, which was a major production full of psychedelic visuals.
The group is set to play July 19 at the second annual Bass Camp Festival, an all-day EDM event at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista.
“We’ve never played Tahoe before and I’m really looking forward to it,” Duvdevani said. “Every time I go somewhere new, I want to leave an impression. We’ve been in Northern Nevada several times, once at the Knitting Factory in Reno … and three times at one of our favorite places to play – Burning Man.”
The band tends to stay away from Las Vegas, though, because simply it’s “too commercial and wants to attract a wider range of audience,” Duvdevani said. “Infected Mushroom has an extremely loyal fan base who know exactly what they are about.”
Infected Mushroom recently released the EP “Friends on Mushrooms III,” and has an upcoming 12-song, not-yet-named CD set to come out in September.
Also on the Bass Camp’s bill are Datsik, Candyland, Kill Paris, MartyParty from PANTyRAID, and Flinch. ($56.48 online, $60 at the gate; no children under 10; basscampfest.com)• Reno’s new LEX Nightclub is holding its grand opening Friday. Part of the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, the $15 million, 25,000-square-foot club, with its multiple bars, VIP tables and adult, indoor pool, is looking to come across as more Los Angeles or Las Vegas than biggest little city (LEX’s tagline: “Where elegance become unruly.”) DJ Eric D-Lux spins at the club’s premiere, which kicks off at 8 p.m. General admission for this event $50 and dress is upscale. For tickets, go to lexnightclub.com.