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TIGER MOUNTAIN WINS GRAMMYFEST CONTEST New York City's rock and roll sensation, TIGER MOUNTAIN, win GrammyFest showcaseNew York City's rock and roll sensation, TIGER MOUNTAIN, won a local GrammyFest showcase when they performed at Arlene's Grocery on Wednesday February 12 as part of their February Wednesday Night Residency. The event took place weekday nights between February 3 -13 in six different NYC-area venues, including Arlene's Grocery, CB's Gallery, The Living Room, and The Bitter End. The event showcased today's cutting-edge culture and tomorrow's Grammy nominees. GrammyFest was a month-long celebration of the Grammys' return to The Big Apple on February 23. At their concert, TIGER MOUNTAIN played songs off their debut CD Analog Heads Gone French (Lucky Cat Records), which has been receiving rave reviews. BABY SUE.COM says: " 'Analog Heads Gone French' has an immediate appeal in that it was produced to perfection and captures the essence of the band's spontaneity." TIGER MOUNTAIN competed against three other bands at Arlene's: Stand, The Damnwells (which features the ex- drummer of Whisky Town) and The Dead Giveaways. The judges were a panel of three music business professionals from the independent side of the industry - college agents, college radio promoters, and indie label personnel. One band at each venue was selected to win prizes, with TIGER MOUNATIN winners at their show. Singer Tyler Lenane said: "It was a shock to win over the other bands but very rewarding professionally and personally. It's great when both the public and the industry appreciate our music." As winners, TIGER MOUNTAIN won a unique behind-the-scenes visit to the 2003 Grammy dress rehearsals, free recording time at Unique Recording Studios, and free CD duplication from DiscMakers. Upcoming concert appearances for TIGER MOUNTAIN are as follows: the final Residency performance at Arlene's Grocery Wednesday February 26 at 10PM; Friday March 21st at Luxx in Brooklyn; Saturday March 22nd at Middle East in Boston; and Friday April 11th at North Six in Brooklyn (with Stellastarr). For more information on TIGER MOUNTAIN, check www.tigermountain.tv.

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ROLLING STONE.COM: “…the excellent TIGER MOUNTAIN…razor sharp and rifftastic…two-guitar-bass-and-drums rock & roll in the glorious style of MC5’s High Time…”

THE BIG TAKEOVER: “Exuding tons of Rolling Stones’ swagger and attitude with plenty of double lead guitar-riffing back and forth, TIGER MOUNTAIN growl and stampede through the tracks on their debut like a garage band version of The Flamin’ Groovies circa Teenage Head…the tunes alternate between punky insouciance and studied… power-pop…TIGER MOUNTAIN flashed you back to those youthful days when you used to put on Jumpin’ Jack Flash and practice your moves in front of the bathroom mirror.”

THE BIG TAKEOVER: “Rock ‘n’ roll like the classic guitar straightforward style, this makes you just shake your head and think about the Rolling Stones – when they were young, before your time, but still, think about them. Think about the Replacements, but not as drunk, think about the New York Dolls, but not as messed up. Think about how cool it is to just kick back and listen to some good rock”

PUNK PLANET: “The beautiful harmonies and melodies glide along groovy bass and drum tracks. Catchy song one after another. Put every classic rock record you have in a blender and you will be drinking a new smoothie called Tiger Mountain. From a man that has a billion cd’s and I find myself not wanting any more, this disc will find its way to the top of the pile so I can listen to it over and over. I sincerely thank you for making a rock record this great. THANKS TIGER MOUNTAIN.”

THE HARTFORD COURANT: “TIGER MOUNTAIN makes rock fun again…the music is scruffy, unpretentious guitar rock built on meaty riffs and catchy vocal melodies that latch on to your cerebrum and won’t let go.”

NEW YORK PRESS: “TIGER MOUNTAIN does sparse, harmony-rich 70s rock a la Steve Miller. The songs are there and so is the buzz – what’s interesting is that guys from Murphy’s Law and Nada Surf are getting lumped with the Strokes and written up on Rolling Stone.”

THE VILLAGE VOICE: “…a slab of Replacements, Stones-y, pop-punk – think the Nils and early (pre-sucking) Soul Asylum.”

UPI NEWSWIRE: “…one of the best new bands in New York City's thriving underground scene…”

THE ONION: “TIGER MOUNTAIN is a local band that stares down The Who and The Beatles.”

Q104 RADIO: “(One) of my favorite undiscovered local artists that we found out about in 2002.” ~ ~ DJ Jonathan Clarke, “Out Of The Box”, New York’s #1 New Music Show featuring the best in new music and local undiscovered artists.”

LAW OF INERTIA: “a heaping helping of British Invasion swagger, style and attitude a la Exile on Main Street era Stones…Tiger Mountain have struck a chord that’s been stylistically absent from too many bands of late – good rock and roll played with no petty boy hipster pretenses…That shit’s hot son.”

CORNELL DAILY SUN: “It is a record that reenacts that blissful adolescent feeling of falling in love with rock ‘n’ roll. But this isn’t revivalism or imitation; it is an infection and a fascination that that has been flowing from generation to generation...”

ALL MUSIC GUIDE.COM: “Plenty of spunk pumps through this New York foursome’s debut album… galloping drums and windmill guitar riffs…the band does rock with a ragged but undeniable energy…”

ROCTOBER: “Speaking of good music, TIGER MOUNTAIN shovels in a little boogie, a little pop, but mostly just real live Rock and Roll and offer up some genuine arena-ready shit! This tiger is in my tank and I’m tanked.”

BULLZ-EYE.COM: “…TIGER MOUNTAIN is a damn good rock band with solid musicianship and really catchy songs, and the kind of band that I hear on CD and want to run out and see live. Watch for these guys, because they just might wind up on the major label radar screen sometime soon.”

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE: “…driven by snappy beats and dual guitar interplay set in effectively concise and harmonically rich arrangements…have definite radio hit potential and would sound right at home next to one of the newer critical darlings like The Strokes.”

SKRATCH MAGAZINE: “TM sounds like this sonically-charged 80’s power – pop group that really knows its rock ‘n’ roll roots…Analog Heads Gone French sounds like a classic late-70’s/early 80’s rock album along the lines of The Cars and The kinks, yet modern. Viva La rock!”

SLEAZEGRINDER.COM: “TIGER MOUNTAIN are loose lipped and hipped Stones disciples with a sunny wash of 70’s soul.”

HIGH BIAS.COM: “This is the kind of band that will make r&r diehards jump back on their feet and ‘rock is dead’ naysayers shut the hell up.”

UNDER THE VOLCANO: “TIGER MOUNTAIN is here to claim their place in the music industry and more importantly, bring conventional Rock ‘n’ Roll out of the gutter.”

SILENT UPROAR: “Tiger Mountain remind me of a less spastic Mark Arm fronting a less drugged out Rolling Stones, with a less snooty Stroke playing one of the instruments.”

ESOTERICA: “Analog Heads Gone Fren - assorted press


Discography

Analog Heads Gone French LP/CD 2002.
Get Along Like A House On Fire LP/CD 2005.
Regular air play on WLIR/WFMU/Q1043/3WK.

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If recent world and national events have you down, we’ve got good news for you: Tiger Mountain have a new album out. It’s not going to bring peace to the Middle East, or change the electoral map – but if you feel like your head has become muddled and fuzzy lately, rest assured there’s enough divine wattage and pure oxygen here to lift anybody out of the doldrums. Tiger Mountain proceed with a compositional clarity and a faith in rock and roll that is positively enlightening. This is the sound of true believers.

Get Along Like A House On Fire is the name of the latest volume from the New York City quartet, and it’s a natural successor to Analog Heads Gone French, their debut. Analog Heads unfolded like a string of paper dolls – outros running into intros, the voices of guitarists Mike Jackson and Tyler Lenane (formerly of Girltoucher) overlapping and chasing each other. It was a perfect driving album – one great singalong anthem after another on the stereo, top down and antenna up, a breeze clipping in from the ocean. It was an album that ended too fast, and one that demanded an encore.

You’re holding that encore. Without losing any of the intensity and sincerity that has made Tiger Mountain a big draw in the New York club scene, Get Along Like A House On Fire expands on Analog Heads Gone French. The group has broadened their instrumental palette – the twin guitar crunch is still at the heart of most of these songs, but the band has also incorporated dizzy synthesizer, whiny melodica, and chilly electric piano into their arrangements. Bassist Dean Rispler (formerly of Murphy’s Law) plays with an increased elasticity here, stuttering and staggering through the tracks with unerring precision. Powerhouse drummer Aaron Conte (formerly of Nada Surf) has also expanded his vocabulary of beats and fills – he can be manic and hyperactive, but he can also move effortlessly from a complex verse beat to a Stax-Volt stomp, as on the bracing “Century’s Gone”.

This band has always put rock and roll excitement first, and they haven’t deviated a bit from their mission. But where Analog Heads Gone French crashes in and out like a good one night stand, Get Along Like A House On Fire stops and settles in for a while. The band slows down the pace for a few semi-acoustic ballads (“She Played Me Too”, “Good Lie Down”), and plays a bit with compositional expectation during the long and hypnotic outro to “Cut Your Darlings”. The group even stops for a forty-seven second space rock instrumental – the disorienting “Hold On To Planet Earth” – before roaring into “The Occasion”, a slice of uncompromising classic rock straight from the Kinks’ late-Seventies playbook. Best of all, Jackson and Lenane have sharpened their lyrical sensibilities. Song after song on Get Along examine ambiguous relationships from a thoughtful – and occasionally rueful – perspective.

The result is an album of hooky, exuberant rock tracks that are sweet as cotton candy, but that don’t dissipate upon close inspection. The new seriousness that Tiger Mountain has adopted suits them well – it adds a gravity to the project and it encourages protracted engagement. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the decision to deepen and expand the Tiger Mountain sound has made the group’s music even more infectious than ever. Turn it up, kick back, and enjoy the ride.