Following the release of their vividly emotional and socially expansive album Mysteries, East London’s Tigercats are all set to release album highlight “Wheezer” as their next single. As frontman Duncan Barratt cagily puts it, “I don’t want to say what this song is about, the record’s not called Mysteries for nothing. Although this one is just a small, silly mystery and it should be pretty easy to work out – the clue is in the title”. The track features saxophone and trumpet from living legend Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk / Tindersticks).
Tigercats are a band from London as ambitious and intelligent as only people who try to shoehorn elements of Prince and the Trojan back-catalogue into a Jonathan Richman song can be. Having honed his songwriting craft in the short-lived but much much-missed Esiotrot, Duncan Barrett recruited sibling/long-time producer Giles (bass), talented songstress Laura (keys) and rhythmic powerhouse Jonny (drums), as well as latest member Paul Rains (guitar, of Allo Darlin’ fame). Their debut album Isle of Dogs was released in 2012 on Fika Recordings and Acuarela Discos.
Mysteries is a sophisticated pop record, effervescent and spirited, with care and love poured into every song. The album sums up the sound of a band of outstanding musicians fulfilling their potential and using their talents in the studio to realise their musical vision, retaining their infectious hooks, their heart and their sheer danceability, and coupling it with a bright new contemporary sound. Superbly crafted and full of personality, Tigercats’ second album suggests that they won’t remain a mystery much longer.
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Updated April Tour Dates:
Sat 4 – Cardiff – Wales Go Pop! Festival – The Gate
Sun 5 – Bristol – Roll for the Soul
Mon 6 – Nottigham – The Maze
Tue 7 – Leeds – Wharf Chambers
Wed 8 – Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar
Thurs 9 – Newcastle – The Mining Institute
Fri 10 – Manchester – The Castle
Sat 11 – York – Fulford Arms