Tigercats

Tigercats

 London, England, GBR
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"Tigercats are a very, very good band. The kind of band that make you want to be a teenager again, so they can be your band... a splendid guitar busyness inherited from Television and a rhythmic restlessness taken from the Violet Femmes."

The Sunday Times

Biography

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. They make music as infectious and joyous as it is accomplished to put a smile on your face and your shoes on the dancefloor, interspersed with quieter moments to give your feet - and cheekbones - a rest. 

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). It's a winning combination that has taken them not only across​ the UK and​ Europe – including such highlights as End Of The Road,  Primavera Festival, appearances on Spanish TV (RTVE Radio3) and Indietracks – but also Stateside, with a 2013 tour with Fika labelmates The Smittens and Making Marks culminating in a headline performance at the fabled NYC Popfest. ​ 

Across innumerable mini-tours they have shared stages with: Allo Darlin’, the Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, ​La Sera, ​the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle​, ​ ​amongst others. ​ After early singles on Haircut Records and WeePop, their debut album I​​sle of Dogs was released in 2012 on Fika Recordings and Acuarela Discos. ​ ​Their forthcoming album​ Mysteries is set to be released on Fortuna POP! in February 2015.

Lyrics

Banned at the Troxy

Written By: Tigercats

THE LIGHT WOULD SHINE RIGHT THROUGH YOUR DRESS
AND TRACE A LINE BETWEEN YOUR LEGS
AND STEFAN SAID, AND JONNY SAID
THEY SAID NOTHING, YOU'Re DRUNK, NOW GET TO BED

HE ACTS AS IF HE’S NOT IMPRESSED
DANCES ONLY UNDER YOUR DURESS
AND WHILE HE’S SULKING AT THE BAR
I’M OUT THERE PULLING KILLER MOVES ON THE DANCEFLOOR

SUMMER NIGHTS AND SOME ARE FIGHTS
WE’RE RIDING THROUGH THE PARK AT NIGHT
AND WHEN THE ECSTACY WEARS OFF
MY GIRL’S STILL A SOUTHPAW

DO YOU REMEMBER 2004?
WE USED TO DANCE TIL WIL COULD DANCE NO MORE
WE USED TO SLIP OUT OF THE CLUBS ALONE
I USED TO SWIM YOU USED TO HOLD MY CLOTHES
AND I’D WALK YOU HOME

Skydiving

Written By: Tigercats

WHERE DO YOU FALL WHEN YOU FALL APART?
IT’S INTO MY ARMS, IT’S INTO MY HEART

Jonny

Written By: Tigercats

BLOOD ON MY PILLOWS
AND MY INSIDES ACHE
I GOT TROUBLE IN MY DREAMS
BUT IT’S WORSE WHEN I’M AWAKE
AND I DON’T NEED NO PHARMACIST
BECAUSE I SELF-MEDICATE

AND I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU, JONNY

I MISS OUR RECORDS AND YOU KNOW
THAT I CAN’T PLAY THEM
I MISS OUR FRIENDS BUT
I JUST COULDNN’T FACE THEM
INSOMNIA AND MEMORIES
I WANNA ERASE THEM

BUT WHAT CAN I DO?

I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU, JONNY

Coffin for the Isle of Dogs

Written By: Tigercats

This is a declaration of independence
Pull up the bridges, don’t let anybody in
This is a declaration of independence
And this island has gone to the dogs
Take your grievances to the street
Leave the commuters in their commuter trains
Leave their kids in their prams
In our parks
In our streets
In our towns

This is a declaration of independence
Your nothing but a cheap gang of estate agents
So don’t dictate!

You call it fall out
We call it payback
We’re gonna make you wish
Wish you didn’t say that

This is not our crisis
We are not your collateral
This is a declaration of independence
And it’s unilateral

Konny Huck

Written By: Tigercats

I don’t know what sets you apart
Is it something I said
Or did it go wrong from the start
Well I don’t mind if you don’t
But I don’t think so
No I don’t think so

It’s been every night for the last 6 years
And I only smoke so you won’t see me clear
Could I set it far behind?
Well I don’t think so
No I don’t think so

Bus drivers out of control
Out on Hackney Downs
Stockbrokers made bad investments
All over this town
I saw you carry the torch
I saw where you went down
They say they’re unstoppable
I think that’s impossible

Full Moon Reggae Party

Written By: Tigercats

I got you on my mind
It’s a full moon tonight
You got the wedding cake
I got the cola-wine
And we will go to sleep
And you will not believe what we’ve done

You know the younger girls
They make us feel too old
They've not heard of The Fall
Not been to school at all
And we will go to sleep
And you will not believe what we’ve done

I want you, on my side

It’s nearly 3am
They’re dancing like it’s ten
We’ll find a better bar
You know where our friends are
And we will go to sleep
And they will not believe what we’ve done

I heard you sold the van
We got two fake Gaugin's
And we will get the cash
Dance to Two Seven's Clash
And you will fall asleep
And we will not believe what we’ve done

I want you, on my side

The Vapours

Written By: Tigercats

I dream of you
On the night bus
277
Getting your feet wet

I dream of you
In a trendy bar in Dalston
Surrounded by idiots
With ridiculous haircuts

And I want to dream again

I dream of you in Regent’s Canal
Swimming with the turtles
And the pre-historic fishes
Serenaded by the guy from the palm tree
With “Fools Rush In”

I dream of in an imaginary record shop
Staffed by new wave
One hit wonders
We got Jonah Lewie
We got Jilted John
We got The Only Ones
We got the guys who sang “Turning Japanese”
I think it was
I think it was
I think it was The Vapours

And I want to dream again

I dream of you in flight across the atlantic
With two too many
Gin & Tonics
And when I woke up you were not there
You couldn’t look me in the eyes

And I want to dream again

Stevie Nicks

Written By: Tigercats

And when I find you
I’m gonna make you better
And I don’t want you
I just want to forget you
I still got so many of your clothes and
I still got so many of your records

Though she’s a vegan
She’s got a thing for leather
And I’m off the weed now
That we are back together
I still can’t go out
Though she does I bet
I still cant look our friends in the eyes yet.

Discography

2015

Follow up album "Mysteries" due February 2015.
"Sleeping In The Backseat" singled due January 2015.

2014

"Sleeping In The Backseat" video to be released December 2014.
"Junior Champion" video premiered September 2014.

2012

Debut album "Isle of Dogs" released on Fika Recordings & Acuarela Discos

Digital single "Full Moon Reggae Party" featured as mpfree by Lauren Laverne on BBC 6Music. Video played on MTV, Box TV, Q Music and E4

Harper Lee 7" single on Fika Recordings
Played on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and XFM

2011

Banned at the Troxy: 7" single on WeePop! Records
Played on BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1

2010

Easter Island: CD single on Haircut Records
Played on BBC 6Music and XFM

Konny Huck: CD single on Haircut Records
Played on BBC 6Music and XFM

Set List

Junior Champion

Laura & Cesar

King of Vic

Globe Town

Call Me If You Need Me

Wheezer

I'm Too Sad To Tell You

Sleeping In The Backseat

So Haunted

Wendy & Lisa

Konny Huck

Harper Lee

Kim & Thurston

Easter Island

Full Moon Reggae Party

The Vapours

Jonny

Limehouse Nights

Banned at the Troxy

Stevie Nicks