Fond of Tigers with guests Mats Gustafsson and Sandro Perri in their unique blend of avant- and post-rock structures, amazing improvised and complex rock from one of Vancouver's finest.
Fond of Tigers
Continent & Western
Label: Drip Audio
Released in: Canada
"Continent & Western--simultaneously more experimental and more accessible than previous Fond of Tigers releases--shows the band honing its unique blend of avant-garde textures and post-rock structures while expanding its range to include vocals and additional members. Toronto's Sandro Perri (Constellation Records) lends vocals and lyrics to "Vitamin Meathawk", while Swedish experimenter Mats Gustafsson brings his intense saxophone and electronics push to "Grandad". Bandleader Stephen Lyons also takes the microphone for the lush, unhurried closing track, "Upheaval".
While the textures and tonalities of experimental improv are still present, Continent & Western emphasizes song structure and melodic detail over some of the more esoteric directions taken on 2007's Release the Saviours.
From the unfolding layers of variation in the title track, to hard edge rockers like Sept 16th, 2005, to the intricate (relative) pop of Vitamin Meathawk, the third album from Fond of Tigers is a simultaneously more focused and more expansive take on the group's unique brand of ordered chaos.
Called "post-everything", Fond of Tigers have been developing their hypnotic and intense music since 2003. Since its origins as a solo project of guitarist Stephen Lyons, the group has expanded to include its signature double-drumkit attack and processed violin and trumpet textures along with the artfully layered hooks.
Featuring seven of Vancouver's leading creative musicians, Fond of Tigers play a layered, nuanced music that explores musical possibilities ranging from the smallest gesture of extended technique, to the full avant-rock bombast possible with a wild, double-drum-kit-led septet. The group has shared stages with Tortoise, Deerhoof, the Grande Mothers, Shad, Mats Gustafsson, Sandro Perri, Chad vanGaalen, and others.
Notoriously hard to categorize, Fond of Tigers continue to evolve and explore a musical territory in the outlands of avant-rock."-Drip Audio
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Label: Drip Audio
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Recorded by Sheldon Zaharko at The Factory Studios, Vancouver.
Stephen Lyons-guitar, vocals
Morgan McDonald-piano, keyboard
Mats Gustafsson-baritone saz and live electronics (track 5)
Sandro Perri-vocals and lyrics (track 3)
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1. Soheb 4:27
2. Continent & Western 9:46
3. Vitamin Meathawk 7:30
4. Sept 16th, 2005 4:45
5. Grandad 8:46
6. Misc. Romance 2:49
7. Upheaval 8:22