Melbourne sextet The Tiger & Me weave a rare mixture of styles and sounds as three lead vocalists exchange and merge tunes from whispered ballad to fevered maelstrom, from charming pop to explosive, dirty rock.
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‘The Drifter’s Dawn’ is the conclusion of a trilogy of recordings. ‘The Howling Fire’ charts a descent into madness, ‘The Silent City’ is the ensuing struggle, and ‘The Drifter’s Dawn’ tells of the ultimate embrace of insanity.
Produced by ARIA-nominated Steven Schram (Little Birdy, The Cat Empire, Little Red), The album was recorded sequentially from start to finish, each song being fully completed before moving to the next. Some took days, others only hours.
The first single 'Pantomime' is an infectious pop tune that swirls and dives on the edge of losing its mind.
The song that perhaps best encapsulates The Tiger & Me's sound is 'Waltz #3'. Breaking the conventions of standard song-form, the tune begins and ends with a full-band riotous singalong chorus, separated by lead singers Ade, Jane and Tobias trading back-to-back verses as they beckon the listener to "dance with me, liar".
Capturing the raw energy of The Tiger & Me's live shows was one of producer Steven Schram's briefs for this album. This is no more evident than in ‘The Prophet Told Me’ – this song was recorded completely live, in one take, and the rough mix off the desk is what you hear on the record.
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The Silent City is the second in a series of three recordings, following on from the critically acclaimed The Howling Fire in July 2011. Produced by Myles Mumford and suitably committed to the warmth of analogue tape, the new recordings represent an organic evolution for the band, infusing more indie and classic pop influences into their signature sound.
The release also sees the band augmenting their number with guest musicians adding flourishes on oboe, trombone, trumpet, violin and cello. In addition, Melbourne swing sisters The Nymphs have also contributed their luscious vocal harmonies to the set.
“…a band that refused to be pigeonholed or put into one box as far as their very ambitious soundscape and musical vision is concerned. This truly is an EP that shows the band in a wonderfully fearless light as far as their musical journey and direction are concerned.” TONEDEAF.COM.AU
The Howling Fire is the first of a series of three EPs. The separate releases explore a descent into madness, the ensuing struggle, and ultimate embrace of insanity.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Myles Mumford at Atlantis Sound. Mastered by Paul Fox (Indie Masters). Design and photography by Tim Allan (Made Visual).
“Combining elements of every genre from pop to cabaret, Euro-folk to big-band, the Tiger and Me uses every atom of their talent – and let me tell you, there is a lot of it. With six equally brilliant musicians, including three singers, the band moves seamlessly from one track to another, switching styles and tempos as they go, without ever allowing the sound to become overbearing.” THEDWARF.COM.AU
From a Liar to a Thief is the band's debut LP. It was released in April 2010 and has been critically acclaimed.
“The Tiger and Me's debut album is beautifully constructed and arranged, with marvellous momentum and a wonderful sense of adventure. A remarkable debut.” MUSIC AUSTRALIA GUIDE (JB HI-FI)
“As fun as it all is, the Tiger & Me is a band of emotional breadth and it shifts effortlessly through the gears from brass-bright exuberance, ambivalent, Gypsyish energy and a delicate-to-the-point-of delicious sombreness. 4 Stars." THE AUSTRALIAN
1. Alleyway 2. The Forsaken Few 3. Murderer In Uniform 4. The Elephant 5. Back For Good 6. Waltz #1
The Tiger & Me began life as a duo when Ade Vincent and Jane Hendry recorded six songs in late 2007 which, originally intended as demos, were released as an EP. The self-titled EP received strong support from radio in Australia, including leading station Triple J, which interviewed the duo and broadcast several of their songs. They were also featured as one of ‘six of the best’ unearthed roots bands in Australia in Triple J's 'Jmag'.
While they've since moved on to become a sextet, the EP remains a strong seller and a worthy release in its own right. Featuring hints of cabaret, folk, country, electronica and looping, The Tiger & Me EP provides a glimpse into the origins of the beast it has since become.
“Elements of country rub up against a cabaret feel and some Gypsyish tendencies. Accessible but esoteric enough to still stand out.” NOW MAGAZINE (Toronto)