5:30pm Elliott Smith Tribute - 2 songs (more details here)
9pm Communion Melbourne - full set (more details here)
Well I don't know about you lovely people but I am champing at the wind, three sheets to the bit and flat out like a pope in the woods among the pigeons. Or something. We just had a few weeks off, you see. Make no mistake, The Tiger & Me's desire to be the hardest working band in Melbourne remains stronger than Tristan's robust and thoughtful moustache, however if the troops aren't allowed some shore leave every once in a while then we spend too much time around each other and all start talking like Sarah, thinking like Tobes, shopping like Jane and eating like Tristan and no one comes out of this a winner, not them, not me, not you, not the children, not anyone.
Nothing scares me more than the look in Tobes's eyes when he stares down the barrel of an open bar tab, such as the one we were presented with on the final night at end of the last tour, as he contemplates the dilemmas Tristan's dance moves pose to our accepted understanding of physics, his lighting mind canvases the night's possibilities faster than you can say "same again, barman", and his voice...changes. Meanwhile the moosehead on the wall is following me with its freaky moose-eyes everywhere I go, Sarah is stuck in a jazz-trance again, Jane joins Tristan in mocking gravity and an old friend who lives thousands of ks away randomly appears at the front of the stage without explanation. Great tour, but it was time for a break.
SO...we had some time off. Tobes is finishing a degree in engineering or zoology or mechanical thought process or something, Tristan went to London, his spiritual trip-hop home, Jane kickstarted her radio career, Sarah played 7-hour jazz gigs on most days and nights and I went to the beach and spoke to no other humans for about ten days. We are now raring to go.
We're playing two of our favourite Elliott Smith songs at The Evelyn at 5:30pm this Sunday. There's a huge list of bands, playing one or two tunes each. Music from 3pm, proceeds to Australian Childhood Foundation. Should be a ripper. If you care about children. If you hate children and charity then this isn't for you. Details.
Later that evening we're very excited to be back on the bill for Communion Melbourne. I mean the gig is later that evening, not that we're excited later that evening. We're excited about it now too. And at the gig. Sigh. The line-up is fantastic, it's going to be a good one. Bear's Den are out here from the UK to support Matt Corby, and they'll be headlining. We're up second last, around 9pm. Before us are locals Grizzly Jim Lawrie and Kate Martin, following Danish singer/songwriter Skipper. More info on the bands and the show ishere.
We have a lot of dates between now and the end of the year, and if you live on the east coast then chances are we're coming to a place near you. Highlights include a reprisal of our recent joint show with The Nymphs, this time at The Caravan Club in Oakleigh (tix available), and a series of shows called 'Music for Lovers, Villains and Fools', which is an east coast tour with the Bearded Gypsy Band, and includes two nights at Bennetts Lane as part of the venue's 20th anniversary. Details and tickets are either already on or will soon be at the gigs section of our website.
Be well and we hope to see you at a show,
Ade and The Tiger & Me