martedì 28 luglio 2009

Tiger "We Are Puppets"

Ed eccolo qui l'esordio dei Tiger. Il loro post punk era così diverso dallo scintillio pop che si ascoltava in quel periodo. Chitarre rumorose, questa voce così dissonante, il massiccio uso delle tastiere, i ritmi pulsanti, una non certo grande attenzione a un look curato. I Tiger erano così, prendere o lasciare. (1996 Trade 2)

Based in London, England, Tiger became the subject of major press scrutiny in 1996 with only a handful of gigs and no releases behind them. So meteoric was the quintet's rise that they had played only three times before they were signed by Island Records subsidiary Trade 2 and EMI Music Publishing. Representatives of both companies had seen the band at London's Dublin Castle venue by chance and a contract with both was completed by May. However, the band's first single was actually released on music journalist Simon Price's Fierce Panda Records. This drew early comparisons with left-field mavericks such as Jonathan Richman and the Fall, with singer and songwriter Dan Laidler's reserved persona and Julie Sims' guitar work (usually played through the amplification medium of a ghetto blaster) attracting special plaudits. The band were included on the New Musical Express' C-96 compilation cassette, as further critical praise followed their every move. The debut album confirmed their position as champions of the anti-Britrock backlash. (

Tiger sounded and looked out of place in the post-Brit-pop indie-rock world of the late '90s. Older than their peers and possessing utterly no fashion sense, Tiger relied on traditional indie-rock values, cribbing their sound from late-'80s alternative rock groups like the Pixies and the Wedding Present, while lacing it with droning chords borrowed from Stereolab and strong British melodies. We Are Puppets, the group's debut album, runs out of steam toward the end of the record, but its first two-thirds are invigorating indie-pop, filled with jagged, fuzzy guitars, call-and-response vocals, angular hooks and oddly ingratiating flat vocals. The best songs -- including the roaring singles "Race" and "My Puppet Pal" -- bristle with unconventional hooks and pounding rhythms. Tiger likes to make noise and their glee is infectious, even when the noise outweighs the melody. (Stephen Thomas Erlewine -

- My Puppet Pal
- Shamed All Over
- Race
- Bollinger Farm
- Storm Injector
- Depot
- On The Rose
- Sorry Monkeys
- Cateader Reddle
- She's Ok
- Ray Travey
- Keep In Touch


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