We’re now several years into our fandom of Finland’s The New Tigers, and I can say that Do Xao might contain some of the best song’s the group has written to date. According to the band, this batch of songs came out of the band’s continued evolution and willingness to try any sound that they fit; they never try to stretch themselves into any particular genre. That being said, I think you’ll find that futuristic pop is a decent pigeonhole, in so far as this is what I want my pop music to sound like. They employ these dreamy elements throughout the entire LP, but there’s a very clean guitar sound that plays a prominent role as well, so you find the band balancing their influences and tastes to craft something wholly their own. I thought my favorite song was “Earth Dog,” but in the end, or today, I’m settling on “Nothing But Draining,” in case you need a starting point. Regardless, if you’re willing to try something new, you’ll be rewarded if you sit back and play the entirety of this LP; it drops Friday via Soliti Music.
I’m always going to write about The New Tigers; the band have been pretty brilliant with their releases up to now. And with the announcement of Do Xao, it seems like the group’s star is ascending. Synth stabs set the immediate tone here, setting the tone for the way the vocals rise and fall in pure pop fashion. It’s like every syllable lands perfectly on a precise melody that makes them as infectious as anything you’ll hear this week. Combine the above with the almost dreamy slink of the track, and you’ve got your favorite tune of the day ready for repeated listens. The new LP will be out on April 20th via Soliti.
We haven’t heard much from The New Tigers since their last EP in 2016, but lucky for us, they’ve been hard at work on a brand new album for Soliti…with the accompanying single. The band are brandishing the best sort of casual pop, relaxed in style, yet filled with delicious melodies that captivate listeners. Perhaps the most intriguing part of this tune is its ability to continuously keep you interested by minor musical adjustments, turning the melody this way and that so as to provide more depth. The band’s attention to detail surely means their next LP will be a mesmerizing listen, so stay tuned!
It’s been several years since I’ve heard anything brand new from The New Tigers, but based upon the strength of their eponymous LP, I’ve always been a fan. Today we’re fortunate to bring you the band’s new Vindication EP. It opens with “Vision,” possessing a slight tendency to psychedelia, but what really excited me was the sound that came to follow. Skip ahead to “Chewing Gum” and you’ll hear a delectable nod to power-pop; it’s my favorite number on the EP. For me, the whole EP brandishes a sound I don’t hear too often; I hear psych-pop outfits, but this time around the band sounds like a pop-psych band. Is there a difference? There definitely is, and I love the latter. Solti Music is releasing the EP digitally worldwide next week.
One of my favorite acts from abroad is the Finnish act, The New Tigers. They’ve been signed onto Soliti Music for some,and their new album, The Badger, is set for a broader release today. In the ringing of the guitars from the introductory moments, you get the feeling that this is going to be an upbeat affair, which it is for the most part. But, the vocals, lightly backed by a female harmony, fit in perfect do offset the energetic feel, albeit only slightly. You can also CHECK OUT a great video fo the song, featuring the group on their adventures in London. It’s hard not to like a song this good.
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Our good friends over at the wonderful Soliti Music have just announced that The New Tigers are back again with a brand new record; they’ve added a new drummer due to the mix too. On this new tune, there’s a playful attitude that wraps itself around the ramshackle drumming and ringing guitar sound. I like the fact that the group is still sticking to writing longer songs, at least that’s what’s evidenced here; it allows for various movements within each song, which always excited me. The new LP is titled The Badger, and it will be made available on September 20th; hopefully it brings them to the States.
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I’m really excited for my far away friend Nick and his wonderful label to be celebrating two successful years. Soliti Music has brought us gems from Cats on Fire to The New Tigers to Big Wave Riders, and in honor of that celebration, the label is giving up an 8 track compilation of tunes that are either unreleased or demo versions. They’ve even got a few words about each of the songs, which you can find HERE. But, if you want to get your hands on some great tunes, or perhaps even discover your new favorite band, then click HERE. For now, here’s my favorite track from the label.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/My-Sense-Of-Pride.mp3]
Download: Cats on Fire – My Sense Of Pride [MP3]
While line-up changes are never fun, they sometimes push bands into new horizons, which seems like the place where The New Tigers will go after losing drummer Kece. For me, the first thing I noticed was the spritely step in the bands sound; it’s immediately more playful than anything they’ve created before. You’ll still find swirling guitar work in the background, but the light-hearted attitude is immediately charming. You’ll be able to find this track, and others on the band’s second LP, which will be released by our great friends over at Soliti Music.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/The-New-Tigers-Quicksilver.mp3]
Download: The New Tigers – Quicksilver [MP3]
I’ve already spent a lot of time over the last month raving about The New Tigers, so when our friends over at Soliti Music sent us two brand new songs, I got a little bit giddy. These two tracks are left over, apparently, from the recording session that created the band’s recent self-titled record. Much like the album, there’s a whole lot of noise living right in your face, but lurking behind it all is the soft pop sensibility that makes the band so dynamic. These are the kind of songs you just want to listen to over and over and over again. Here’s “Toffee,” the first of the two tracks.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/toffee.mp3]
Download: The New Tigers – Toffee [MP3]
It’s got to be hard to get your music across the Atlantic, especially when you’re a little known band from Finland. Fortunately for you, The New Tigers self-titled album has slowly begun to trickle across the seas, bringing us fuzzy pop that’s sure to appeal to listeners of all sorts, crafting tunes that will resonate with your ears time and time again.
Of course, one of the greatest things about listening to The New Tigers is their ability to build their pop from within a realm of lo-fi noise, but then let the songs sprawl out into the great unknown. Album opener “Clocks of Destruction” is one of two such tracks, building in momentum just near the minute mark, but fading into crafty noise, like Broken Social Scene would pull of when they were in a jamming mood. It takes a special track to build on what could easily be a two minute pop song and still maintain interest throughout. “Pocketful of Sand” is the other such track, but it takes just a bit longer to reach the vocals, but they’re so light that you’re likely to just see them as a floating piece of the inherent melody the band has built. These two tracks alone make for a special listen, but this isn’t all the band wants to offer you.
“Transitions” is a much quieter offering from the band, providing listeners a moment of rest and relaxation as the song itself slowly prods along. Softly the song meanders along, letting you know that this doesn’t always have to be a forceful trip to the noisy horizon; The New Tigers can win you over with a slow number as well. You can then jump right into the bubbly “Door on the Floor,” a more light-hearted bouncing track that resembles Pains of Being Pure at Heart during their quieter noise-pop days. It’s great to offer sprawling tracks, but being able to contain yourself is a trait that not every band seems to possess, so its nice to see these guys exploring structure and length.
Perhaps one of the secret gems on The New Tigers lives near the end; it’s called “Velvet Jam.” The more I listen to this track, the more I seem to absorb, pulling me further into the song itself. There’s bits of jangling guitar, ramshackle drumming, and wispy vocals of the softer sort, carrying the melody along perfectly. Personally, I like the touch of the knifing guitar line that cuts in and out during what seems like the chorus, just before the jangle kicks back into the track. It’s the sort of song that begs you to listen over and over again.
It’s interesting when listening to The New Tigers how much they sound like a lot of the American bands we all adore, yet at the same time, they’re able to add their own little pieces, allowing the record to sound vibrant and refreshing. Just one listen to the self-titled record will surely not be enough, as you’ll have to go back again, just to check if it’s as wonderful as it sounded. I got news for you: it is.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/05-Pocketful-Of-Sand.mp3]
Download: The New Tigers – Pocketful Of Sand [MP3]
The New Tigers is out now on Soliti Music.