Tigercats have released their brand new video for album track Stay Out Of Limehouse, taken from the band’s new album Pig City. Stay Out Of Limehouse combines infectious mutant disco hooks with a rich urgent melody making it instantly danceable.The video is inspired by the iconic cult, 1979 American action film, The Warriors.
Three years since the release of the critically-acclaimed album Mysteries, Tigercats have returned with their long-awaited and much-anticipated follow-up, Pig City, which was released on 11th May. The band’s third record, and first with Barcelona label El Segell del Primavera, is the sound of a band very much in their prime – with the results fierce, bold and powerful.
The new album sees the band grow into a kalimba-led psychedelic pop septet, developing both musically and lyrically. Almost completely recorded and produced by bassist Giles Barrett, Pig City showcases a broadening of the band’s pop influences, expanding into highlife, afrobeat, and scuzzy West African psych. Sonically more aggressive, this is the sound of a band directing their anger at the incessant gentrification of East London as developers close in on the studio they call home.
When it came to writing and recording the album, the band took inspiration from West African music, particularly Ebo Taylor, The Funkees and Congolese ensemble Konono No. 1. Inspired by the latter, frontman Duncan Barrett ditched his guitar for an electric version of the traditional African thumb-piano or mbira and combined it with his board of guitar effects pedals. The amplified arpeggios echo across the album, adding another dimension to Tigercats’ sound.
Producer Giles Barrett elaborates: “The kalimba changed everything for us, we found new space in the music and everyone changed how they played. It was very important to us to use it in our own way – recent lawsuits demonstrate that many musicians have forgotten the distinction between inspiration and imitation, but it’s a distinction that matters to us.”
Tracks like new single Perfect Fried Chicken, powered by a distorted brass riff from the band’s new horn section, maintain Tigercats’ pop sensibilities whilst hinting towards a natural progression for the band, which is ambitious and creative in sound. Elsewhere, Stay Out Of Limehouse combines infectious mutant disco hooks with a rich urgent melody making it instantly danceable while Planet Thanet and Tropical Disease are pure joyous singalong pop.
Having honed his songwriting craft in the short-lived but much much-missed Esiotrot, in 2010, Duncan Barrett went about forming a new band and recruited sibling/long-time producer Giles Barrett (bass) and talented songstress Laura Kovic (keys). The years have seen a gradual evolution of line-ups, and they are now joined by Will Connor (drums), as well as Paul Rains (guitar, of Allo Darlin’ fame), Thom Punton (trumpet) and Seb Silas (saxophone).
The band have performed throughout the UK and Europe, have toured the USA and Canada and have supported The Wave Pictures, Allo Darlin’, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Darren Hayman (Hefner) amongst others. They have also performed at the End of the Road, NYC Popfest, Indietracks and Primavera Festivals, have appeared on Spanish TV (RTVE Radio3) and have recorded sessions for John Kennedy at XFM.
You can see Tigercats live as follows;
Jun 23rd at Not A Cult Festival, Malvern
29th July at Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire,