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Monday, 08 November 2010 07:23

Tigers That Came to Tea (But Didn't Join the Tea Party)Last week, Indie Rock and Roll Radio made Tigers That Talked its "Featured Band." The article can be found here. To celebrate the release of the band's debut album, The Merchant, DJ Space invited founder, singer-songwriter, frontman, and guitarist Jamie Williams into his virtual studios for a cup of tea and a chat. On behalf of listeners, he also remembered to ask a few questions.

Jamie Williams had the following to say, "Thanks for getting in touch and for your questions. We are really glad that you have been enjoying the music and hope you enjoy the album that is due for release today through www.tigersthattalked.co.uk !! Hopefully we will see you one day on our travels."

Q1. Congratulations on your debut album, The Merchant. I wish you the
success your music deserves. What does the release of your first album mean
to you?

"Thank you. The album means a huge amount to us, being our first release it is all the tracks we worked on together when we came together as a band and the recording process was a wonderful experience for us all, both in terms of how much we enjoyed it and also how much we learnt about making music. Our producer, Adam Noble, imparted a lot of wisdom in those sessions and we couldn’t have got to where we are musically now without going through that."

Q2. The band biography states you hail "from assorted corners of the UK
and Europe." Do you all live in the Leeds area and where do band members
come from?


"It’s more that parts of us are from assorted corners of Europe really, as Glenna [Larsen] is partly Norwegian and grew up in the Brecon Beacons. Jamie is from Warwick, Chris [Verney] is from Glastonbury and Owain [Kelly] is from the North of Wales. We are all in or around the centre of Leeds now."

Q3. In a previous interview, you stated that "some in the band come from a
more classical background." What prior music experience have members of the
band?

"I believe we’ve all studied music classically throughout our lives. Chris studied at Leeds University studying composition and playing with orchestras and Glenna has grown up playing violin and I think we all grew up playing piano."

Q4. Aside from the beautifully orchestrated music, it is clear that lyrics
and concepts are important in your work. What was the inspiration for the
lead single "23 Fears" and in what way is the updated track "23 Fears
(Summer '10)" different from the single the band released in December 2008?

"Lyrically 23 Fears is focused on the dislocation of the friendships that you have grown up with but find yourself losing touch with, either due to proximity or just growing apart...
It’s also run parallel with my concerns over a friend who was losing themselves in the city a bit too much a while back...

The new version of the track is a completely different recording with a different producer and we spent a lot more time on getting it right. The first version of the track was one of the first times we ever went in the studio, so we weren’t quite there in terms of finding our sound but we were the second time around."

Q5. You've previously talked of the literary connection for the band's
name. I also read that "Tigers That Talked" was the title of a song before
it became the band's name. In writing songs and lyrics, has the band drawn
inspiration from any other literary works?

"Definitely, I’m always reading or watching films whenever I get the chance and that can give me a lot of inspiration and ideas that can then turn into pieces of music or lyrics. I went through a big phase of being influenced by authors such as Beckett and Joyce who experimented with the form of language and how it could be distorted and disconnected from its meaning."

Q6. Are all the singles released through Bad Sneakers Records included in
The Merchant and does the album contain many obvious future singles?

"From now on we will be releasing tracks ourselves, but there have been a number of tracks identified as future singles from the record. I believe ‘The Merchant’, ‘Artificial Clouds’ and ‘And I’m Caring’ are strong contenders at the moment for singles in the future."

Q7. I have listened to the haunting track "Bracelet" on the band's
official website. Other than "Bracelet" and tracks mentioned in previous
answers, what other standout tracks should we be listening for?

"I think that we all have different favourites, that change all the time depending on how we’re feeling, as we’re proud of all the tracks and they cover a lot of different moods and emotions. The tracks we always agree on are ‘The Earth & The Urn’, ‘In the Pockets of Your Winter Coat', ‘Artificial Clouds’ and ‘And I’m Caring’ however."

Q8. Which track are you most proud of and what is the full tracklisting
for The Merchant?

"The tracklisting is:

1. Introduction 2. 23 Fears 3. Artifical Clouds 4. The Merchant 5. Holy Saturday / Gloomy Sunday 6. Wrestling with the Wolfcubs 7. The Earth & The Urn 8. And I’m Caring 9. Black Heart, Blue Eyes 10. Waves 11. In the Pockets of Your Winter Coat.

I think in some ways we are most proud of ‘The Earth & The Urn’, as it was so huge we had to get another mixing desk to handle it! It’s the biggest track in terms of scale and is definitely one of the most beautiful tracks on the album."

Q9. Did you consider releasing the band's first album as a self-titled
album and why did you choose to name the debut album after the track "The
Merchant?"

"To be honest we never even discussed the album being self titled. I’m not sure why we didn’t but I think probably because we thought it would be better to use that format to either try or get a message across or draw attention to a track that we thought was special."

Q10. I note Richard Jones of Key Music Management has an office in New
York. Are you encouraged by the success of bands like Arcade Fire, The
National, and Mumford & Sons in the US this year, and do you have plans to
tour outside the UK including the US?

"Yeah I don’t think our sound is exclusively British by any means and we have ambitions to get out there to places like the US and all over Europe to promote our music. There are some very exciting things in the pipeline coming together at the moment, so hopefully everyone that enjoys our music will be able to come and see us live very soon!"

Q11. Have you already started to write for the next album and what are
your hopes and plans for the future?

"Because there have been some big delays in releasing our debut album, we have been writing new material for over a year now and are starting to pull some tracks together now that we feel are a big step forward for us. We’ve been experimenting with sound and incorporating sampling and electronics into songs. We’re also getting heavier, more rhythmic and more nocturnal but also more anthemic at the same time, so we’re very excited about where we’re going next with our music..."

Q12. Finally, are there any mathematicians in the band and my son wants to
know how good is your Math?

"No sadly not, we’re all frightened of any number higher than twenty seven, particularly twenty eight. I certainly wouldn’t suggest your son enlisting our help with his homework... I think The XX are good with numbers though!"

Visit Tigers That Talked official website, download “23 Fears (Summer ’10),” and order The Merchant, available through iTunes and all good music stores NOW!

Last Updated on Monday, 08 November 2010 11:13
 

Newsflash Archive

The next, brand new, Gorillaz single, "Doncamatic (All Played Out)," was unveiled on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show and on YouTube last night.

The BBC radio evening show featured an interview with Damon Albarn, British vocalist and keyboard player best known as the lead singer of the Nineties' Britpop band Blur. Albarn formed the London virtual group Gorillaz together with Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett. The new and previously unreleased track features Manchester-based vocalist Daley and its worldwide release is scheduled for November 22nd.

According to the cartoon band's official website, pre-order details will be available very soon. You can listen to the song here.

In the interview, Albarn said, “Daley had been someone we’d been playing in our house and he’s got one of those voices that don’t come around very often… He’s about 22, white and has a great haircut."

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