We have a bit to get through. First things first, we'll do the gig announcements, then some cross promo, then most importantly we'll discuss the case of the missing Fez.
Our last Melbourne show until April is next Friday 7th at Flying Saucer Club. All details HERE, or Facebook event HERE. We're trying to write a new album so gigs will be a little thinner on the ground than last year, although we do have Port Fairy and Blue Mountains Festivals coming up in March.
We're attempting to expand our Western frontier beyond Adelaide in Feb; we're heading to Perth and Fremantle for some shows. Details on our website. All West Australians are invited. Please bring your mining money.
I'm sure many of you are familiar with Jane's other band The Nymphs. They're not just a band, they're a state of mind and a way of life. I just made that up but Nymphs you can use it if you like. They're extremely good and they're launching their extremely good debut album in Feb and March with a tour. I happen to be in a position to get my hands on an early-release copy, largely because I took one from Jane's desk when she wasn't here, and I can tell you it's amazing. Henry Wagons recorded and mixed twelve of the tracks (and does a cheeky guest vocal on the final track), and Steven Schram (producer of our last record The Drifter's Dawn) produced and mixed two of the tracks. Highly recommended for all ages and states of mind/ways of life.
In other cross-promotion, I have just launched my composer website. There's lots of tiger stuff on there but there's also my concert music, some screen music and various other bits and pieces, including a preview of a solo album I'll release this year. The album is the inevitable culmination of my obsession with Poe's Raven: an album that sets the entire poem, word for word, to music.
Many of you will have noticed that our electric guitar player Fez is no longer gracing The Tiger & Me stage. It is time to announce that Fez and The Tiger & Me have parted ways. If you would like gossip about a band-member leaving involving backstage violence, heated arguments, on-stage animosity and creative differences then BUCKLE UP AND- no just kidding; you have come to the wrong place. Fez runs a business that could no longer bend to the odd schedule of a touring musician. He's a fantastic guitar player and highly creative musician, and we publicly wish him the very best for the next chapter and thank him for his playing, stage presence, amazing falsetto backing vocals, songwriting, and of course, beard. He is irreplaceable, so rather than get a new guitar player we have restructured slightly and scaled things back to a five-piece, sometimes expanding to six with our regular guest trumpeter Audrey. Okay. I think I will do a Fez montage. Yep, I'm going to. Here it is.