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It's Tiger time. "It's time we achieved something," Jane
Hendry declares on The Tiger & Me's second album, The Drifter's
Dawn (out now on ABC Music). Jane also ponders, "Do you
think that we could be on the brink of something glorious?"
But ambition, as Shakespeare noted, should be made of sterner
stuff. "Does it frighten you," Jane asks, "knowing that
we could do all the things we've ever wanted to?"
The Tiger & Me singer Ade Vincent denies those lines are
about the band. "It [Common Thief] is not explicitly about
the band," he claims. "Really, it's a statement about throwing
caution to the wind and going for it - whatever that may
be." The Drifter's Dawn follows the band's 2010 debut, From
A Liar To A Thief, but Ade says, "This very much felt like
our first proper attempt at an album. We had lots of things
that we didn't have for our first album - a producer (Steven
Schram, who was fantastic), an extended block of consecutive
studio time, a record deal, a budget and a settled line-up.
We felt privileged to be in a position where we could focus
entirely on making music."
What were the biggest lessons Ade learned
from the first album? "Personally, it was to stop worrying
about my vocals being perfectly, immaculately and unfalteringly
in tune and just sing it like you mean it. Our singer/accordion
player Tobes [Selkirk] has been at me for years about character
over obsessive technical accuracy. That was something that
really helped bring that live energy we were trying to capture
into the recordings. And that's where having a producer
really helped, too. Having someone with the big picture
view, sitting in the control room experiencing the songs,
is a valuable thing."
A simple description of The Tiger & Me's
sound is indie pop. But with three distinct singers, their
sound is something deeper and diverse. Having been inspired
by European folk songs, there's also a gypsy, circus-like
element. One punter told the band they should play more
Metallica, even though they were not as good as Metallica.
"I'm not saying he's wrong," Ade smiles, "but the remark
definitely surprised me." Another review compared The Tiger
& Me to Fleetwood Mac. "I didn't see that coming, but, on
reflection, it makes sense, from a 'three distinct singer-songwriters'
Ade wrote the band's new single, the 2.23-minute dark gem
Made It To The Harbour (which comes with a striking video,
directed by Tobias Cummings). "I listened to either Beck
or hip hop pretty much exclusively for about a month and
then this song happened," Ade reveals. "It's my inner hip
hop guy trying to get out. I would be a terrible hip hop
guy though, so it came out like this." The Tiger & Me launch
the single at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday, with
The Twoks and Texture Like Sun.
THEY CALL HER BRUCE
Needing a Bruce fix after the E Street Band's triumphant
tour? I'm not sure if Lauren Bruce will include any Springsteen
songs in her set when she plays at Wesley Anne on Saturday,
but her smart songwriting and sublime singing will satisfy
all music fans. Tracks from Lauren's debut album, Before
The Dust Settles, can be downloaded for free at her website,
YOU'RE THE VOICE
Much debate and discussion last week after the Herald Sun
poll showing John Farnham as the greatest voice in Australian
music. No Doc or Delta in the Top 100?!
For the record, this is Howzat!'s Top
10, in order: Stephen Cummings, Joe Camilleri, Ross Wilson,
James Reyne, Abby Dobson, Tina Arena, Henry Wagons, Suzannah
Espie, Shirley Strachan, Chris Wilson. Two artists in our
list - Chris Wilson and Suzannah Espie - are part of the
bill for this Sunday's gig at the Thornbury Theatre, "These
Machines Cut Razor Wire", a fundraiser for the Asylum Seeker
Resource Centre. More info at thesemachines.org.au.
It's an unlikely location for the start of the band that
shaped Australia's modern music industry. But 40 years ago
next Tuesday, Skyhooks played their first gig - at St Jude's
Church Hall, opposite Percy's pub on Lygon Street in Carlton.
"It was pretty shithouse," Skyhooks songwriter and bass
player Greg Macainsh recalls. "There was hardly any people
there and it was a terrible sound. But like any first gig,
we just wanted to get it out of the way. It was first blood.
Once it's done, you're a band." April 16 is a big day in
Australian music - it's also Peter Garrett's birthday. The
Oils singer, federal minister and Hooks fan was born 60
The Stafford Brothers jump from 15 to 10.
Hello STAFFORD BROTHERS (number 10)
Lanterns BIRDS OF TOKYO (17)
Big Banana HAVANA BROWN (18)
Holdin On FLUME (30)
Believe it or not, Russell Morris has never had a Top 10
album - until now.
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (number 10)
Flume FLUME (13)
March Fires BIRDS OF TOKYO (14)
Armageddon GUY SEBASTIAN (28)
Bout It DEEZ NUTS (35, debut)
Controller BRITISH INDIA (40)
Made It To The Harbour THE TIGER & ME
Know My Heart LAUREN BRUCE
Montgomery JR REYNE
Riding UNDERGROUND LOVERS
Thank You BEN LEE
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