Mean Tangerine

Mean Tangerine

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandRockSoul

Indie rock meets soul and motown, and occasionally doesn't sound like that at all.

Biography

It's always been about creating music and having a good time. Mean Tangerine are a 4 piece rock, pop, funk, soul band from London, Ontario that have been around since 2004. Formed when they were teenagers going to high school and largely influenced by the ska/reggae scene (at that time), now in their early twenties, they've played a lot shows, released a fair amount of music, and appeared on a nationally televised music program (MuchMusic). All they would say, are unforgettable experiences in one-way-or-another, that have shaped the members into the band they are today.

Taking their name from a malapropism of John Lennon on the Beatles song 'Savoy Truffle,' Mean Tangerine have emerged in many stylish and sophisticated manners over the past two years. Parts of this emergence stem from natural artistic maturity and an expanding sphere of musical influences, but also a greater respect for the craft, allowing the band to find a more genuine and dynamic chemistry together, when producing their new compositions.

Their first two releases, "Peels" (2009/Drive Records) and "Takin' Trains"(2006/Drive Records) surly highlighted the band's untamed dedication and pure eagerness to make music. Now they find themselves in a much more mindful process of song creation, encompassing not only current influences, including The Black Keys, Bedouin Soundclash, Born Ruffians, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Wilco, but also reaching back into the rich flourishing past of the Motown era, and finding influence in such artists as The Temptations, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. The band loves to include at least a couple of classic Motown covers in every set, which blends well with their new vintage sound, which they describe as "old-school blues with a modern edge."

In one manner or another, the band's evolution has come to embrace many styles, and while their tastes and exploration in music expands, they're still proud to retain an aspect of it all (past-and-present) in their songwriting. Never forgetting where they came from, and always looking ahead.

Management & Development:
Steve Cousins & Steve Rizun
info@driveentertainment.net

Label:
Drive Records/Fontana North (Canada)

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Lyrics

It Ain't Me

Written By: Max Off/Mean Tangerine

I tried hard to understand
What it takes to be your man
I found out as all men do
This ain’t my life it belongs to you

It ain’t me
It ain’t me
It ain’t me girl
Who’s going to set you free

I could try to help you out
Re-assure all your doubts
I cannot give you my help
If I don’t even know myself

It ain’t me
It ain’t me
It ain’t me girl
Who’s going to set you free

And that keeps me up at night
Cause I will try to make this right
Oh I try, Oh I try
I’m done cryin’, I’m done cryin’

If I walk fast and I don’t stop
If I drink to the last drop
If the ground won’t keep me up
I’ll lay down and blame my luck
And it keeps me up at night
Cause I will try to make this right

Oh I try, Oh I try
I’m done cryin’, I’m done cryin’

It ain’t me
It ain’t me
It ain’t me girl
Who’s going to set you free

Discography

"Wolf Sampler"
Drive Records (2011/Canada)

"Peels"
Drive Records (2009/Canada)

Takin' Trains
Drive Records (2006/Canada)

Set List

Our set list is always changing as we are always writing new material and we love to include a few classic Motown songs.

As of now a typical set ranges from 45 - 90 minutes.