Tiger the Lion

Tiger the Lion

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"Catchy, original, eclectic, folky echoes, captivating, hypnotic, intoxicating asian rhythms." Tiger the Lion will transport you to a place far away and yet not so unfamiliar…

Biography

Japanese Koto, Indian Tabla and Harmonium, Folk Guitar and three vocals. Inspired songwriting...Tiger the Lion delivers a sound like no other.

Tiger the Lion – a name that immediately conjures up familiar images of mystical creatures from far away places. For the members of this unique East-meets-West band, Asia in particular reserves a special place in their hearts. Tiger the Lion continued their prolific quest for ‘music without borders’ in 2006 with the launch of their second album, “When you’re in there”, winning praise already from Couleur 3, Le Courrier and iRadio LA, amongst others. Following that: selection for the Swiss Final for entry to Eurockéennes de Belfort; a second UK tour and a music video in collaboration with award winning director Vincent Loubère. Currently at work on a new album, Tiger the Lion is on the move...

History....

They may say that all roads lead to Rome, but it was in Geneva, Switzerland, that Daniel, Lucy and David’s paths crossed.

Dan and Lucy had just returned to Europe after two years of music study and English teaching in Japan. There, Dan had got to grips with the shamisen and shakuhachi, Lucy the koto and taiko, and both had entertained the locals in various accapella, rock and folk set-ups. This chapter saw the fruition of Dan’s remarkable song writing talents in the guise of “Kazuma’s Guitar”, a double album recorded in his bedroom.

David, on the other hand had just unpacked after his return from India, his ears still ringing with its intoxicating rhythms and melodies, his legs still stiff after twelve months of cross-legged tabla apprenticeship with his guru.

And so it happened that after a chance meeting, our three voyagers met for a tentative jam one evening in May 2003 and Tiger the Lion was born.

With a nod to the Canadian band The Tragically Hip, whose song of the same name talks of the contradictions and difficulties in communication and the relationship between life and art, the band name also refers to symbols recognised the world over. The tiger is particularly prominent in Asian culture, which occupies a special place in the group’s collective heart.

Not long afterwards came the band’s first album, “Healing Songs” (released December 2003), featuring 7 original songs chosen from their extensive repertoire.

Tiger the Lion ensured its presence on the international stage from the outset, by way of a two week tour of the UK in 2004 when even the venerable BBC’s interest was piqued enough to interview them live on air and give the track “Something About Nothing” airtime.

Following the recording of a new 5 track EP entitled "When You're In There" (released early April 2006), Tiger the Lion have been receiving airplay on a number of UK, US and Swiss radio stations, have been chosen as one of Couleur 3 Radio's top four up-and-coming Swiss bands and were selected to play in a battle of the bands to win a place at France’s most prestigious open-air festival, “Les Eurockéennes”.

April 2006 also saw Tiger the Lion embarking on their second UK tour, taking in ten venues in twelve days from London to Inverness including two nights at Jools Holland's lauded "Jamhouse". Most recently, Tiger the Lion are thrilled to have been invited to support Michael Franti (of Spearhead fame) at his only Swiss appearance.

Their new recording features Indian harmonium in addition to the original instrumentation, with Dan on acoustic guitar and vocals, Lucy on koto, harmonium and vocals and David on tabla and other percussion.

“Oriental Rock”, “Indi”, “Pop-World-Folk”, “Celtic Curry” – the music impresarios desperately try to squeeze Tiger the Lion into a snug-fitting box! But that is, after all, part of what Tiger the Lion is all about…

With their irrepressible spirit of adventure, Tiger the Lion are set to change the face of popular music.

Watch this space!

Lyrics

Dark Matter/Pathosphere

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

Dark matter – theoretically possible – absorbing light.
Dark matter – almost invisible – ignoring light.
La – la – la – light.

9/10 of the mass of the universe – keeps it all from caving in.
Is this really what keeps the universe – keeps it all – from collapsing?
La – la – la – light.

This music is pungent, perfume to the ears.
Incensing incense – in a sense – to the senses that hear.

I am a wall between two halves of the whole.
I am a thin, translucent wall between two halves of the whole.

Dark matter, thrown into the crucible,
Alloyed with sunlight to obfuscate midnight.
Dark matter. Friendship is malleable.
Sucking and sapping the sparkle from every eye.
La – la – la – light.

9/10 of the mass of my universe.
What stops me from caving in?
Is this really what I need in my universe –
What I need to keep expanding?
La – la – la – light.

The beauty of some is too deep to ignore.
Dark matter, I’m throwing you off. I don’t want you, I don’t want you anymore.

Dark matter, I’m smelting you out, and throwing you to the night.
Dark matter, I’m smelting you out and bringing in, bringing in the light.
La – la – la – light.

And all this time,

I never realised

the difference between

being your air supply

and being the air supply

to your pathosphere.

Glint

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

The stage is set,
The table bare,
Breakfastlessness everywhere,
And a galaxy, revealed, by a pluck and a warm breath of air.

A glint in your eye,
A print in the snow,
A hint of spring,
In a January glow,
A burst of song, metastasising into the sky.

These are the living undying,
the better parts of me.
You can taste a little part of the immortal
By playing the mortal mentee.

Educe, educe – it’s already there.
Produce, produce – from out of nowhere.
I’m grateful for being born with a genuine smile.

Snowflake to the bough;
Snowflake to the branch;
Snowflake sends the whole to the ground with a crash
to dance with crystals in the blades, in the glades, in the grass.

These are the living undying,
the better parts of me.
You can taste a little part of the immortal
by playing the mortal mentee.

(And then there’s these reams of rhyme.
These reams of rhyme…)

‘Love is Power’ on a giant plant pot.
Love is power, on a giant plant pot.
Love is power in a plant pot.

Without Drums

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

I was driving, and already thinking of you, when a butterfly, happily gliding by,
Hit my car.

But it never touched the glass; it just kind of floated silently over,
Silently through,
And I thought of you.

And I sing this song without drums.
Without drums.
Without drums.
Without drums.
Without you.

Since Pat told me the news, I'd been thinking of you all day long,
Listening to our songs,
Listening to you.

Pictures of times, all those times, oh those times flickered in my eyes.
So young yet wise,
So happy were you.

And this is a song without drums.
Without drums.
Without drums.
Without drums.
Without you.

Floating almost silently over,
You fell beautifully to the ground,
And the beating of your wings
Still beats, beats, beats, beats around, round, round, round.

Singing along to our song, I felt you over my shoulder.
And I feel you here,
In my mouth and my ear.

In this song that is without drums,
Without drums.
Without drums.
Without drums.

With you.

Roger (Betterer)

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

Roger (Betterer)

Roger Federer just keeps on getting better,
better and betterer – and better and
better and betterer – and better and
better and betterer, Roger Federer.

I wanna be like Federer and just keep getting better,
better and betterer – yeah, and better and
better and betterer – ooh, yeah, and better and
better and betterer, Roger Federer.

A slice with the backhand.
A pass with the forehand.
Drop shot to the net and
Whizzzzzzzzzing through the air.

A top spin with the forehand.
Cross-court with the back hand.
You rush to the net and
Oo-oo-oo-oo over your head!

(Over your head!)

Roger Federer just keeps on getting better,
better and betterer – and better and
better and betterer – and better and
better and betterer, Roger Federer.

I wanna be like Federer and just keep getting better,
better and betterer – yeah, and better and
better and betterer – ooh, yeah, and better and
better and betterer, Roger Federer.

A shot right down the line and
Attacking your back hand.
Really pounding your back hand.
I’m giving you a scare.

An ace to the left and
Another ace to the right and
A little ace in-between and
Oo-oo-oo-oo you’re nearly dead!

(You’re nearly dead!)

Every player must face his Nadal.
Every player must fight the battle.
Every player must face his Nadal.
Every player must fight the battle.

(Whizzzzzzing through the air.
Oo-oo-oo-oo over your head).

Roger Federer just keeps on getting better,
better and betterer – and better and
better and betterer – and better and
better and betterer, Roger Federer.

I wanna be like Federer and just keep getting better,
better and betterer – yeah, and better and
better and betterer – ooh, yeah, and better and
better and betterer, Roger Federer.

Every player must face his Nadal.
Every player must fight the battle.
Every player must face his Nadal.
Every player must fight the battle.

Face your Nadal.
Fight the battle.
Face your Nadal.
Fight the battle.

When you're in there

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

When you’re in there

aa-aa… x4

When you’re in there, get right in there x4

I leave my mark as marks are made on me
And like a pool of light I show the world to be,
But once I see this, start to believe this, I no longer fit quite so comfortably.

(uncomfortable me)
(aaaa – uncomfortable me)

So, when you’re in there, get right in there.

I am things and things are also me.
And like those things I could refuse and simply be.
But working at distance creates some resistance, with quite some persistence it’s hard to be me.

To be me.
aaaa to be me.

aa-aa… x4

When you’re in there, get right in there x4

I have always wanted to be true
And these things always end up right in front of you.
So hold this wood, make my song good and I’ll shed words to be one with you.

(With you.)
(Aaaaa with you)

So here we go:

aa-aa… x4

la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la (harmonium)

da-n-da-n-da-n-da-n-da…. x4

da.

Bullies

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

Smiling, smirking, suffocating, sapping, stressing.
Laughing not quite behind your back. Pointing, pressing,
Knowing they have got you thinking. Playing, dressing:
Doors are slamming shut and where on Earth can you go?
Pushing, kicking, toying, clawing, scratching, pulling,
Circling, spitting. Laugh in your face - at you, in you.
Eyes and no air, eyes and no air. All eyes – no air.
Your move now, but what to do, now? My move…?

Why don’t you leave me alone?
Leave me alone!

I am king of the castle you are dirty rascal.
Submit or we will besiege you, scale walls and defeat you.
Stretch you, string you, iron maiden, Abu Ghraib you.
Gimme what I want. Give in to me. Feed me. Love me.
Don’t you remember the Alamo? Guantanamo? Tell me what you know.
Or I’ll take your children, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers,
Language, land, food, resources, water, climate,
Religion, values, health and dignity. So gimme.

Why don’t you leave me alone?
Leave me alone!

Do you want to have a competition with me, do you?
Want to have a competition with me, do you?
Are there any bullies out there? Are there any?
Bullies out there – are there any bullies out there?
Power of the people. Power over people.
Power over people. Power of the people.
Power. Power. Power, Power. Power. Power
Power. Power. Power, Power. Power…

They're renovating the city

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

Give me a beer – something slow release:
A little less fear – a little less feeling deceased.
Oh, that’s not my face, staring at the ground;
No, that’s just a place where I can frown.

Look to the horizon - can you see it rising? Can you see it?
Can you see it rising? Look to the horizon - can you see it?
Oh, oh, all right!
Look to the horizon - can you see it rising? Can you see it?
Can you see it rising? Look to the horizon - can you see it?
Oh, oh, all right!
Look to the horizon - can you see it rising? Can you see it?

A lake’s a nice place to settle down.
A lake’s a nice place to gather round.
They’re renovating the city, they’re renovating the town.
Maybe the old world will look younger now…

Look into your lover – do you see another? Do you see it?
Do you see another? Look into your lover – do you see it?
Oh, oh, all right!
Look into your lover – do you see another? Do you see it?
Do you see another? Look into your lover – do you see it?
Oh, oh, all right!
Look into your lover – do you see another? Do you see it?

Someone take my hand – dance me down the aisle.
With life so grand, I should enjoy it a while.
I’m renovating my body. I’m renovating my mind.
Maybe - who knows? – I will succeed this time…

Something nearby hovers – are you ready for it? Are you ready?
Are you ready for it? Something nearby hovers – are you ready?
Oh, oh, all right!
Something nearby hovers – are you ready for it? Are you ready?
Are you ready for it? Something nearby hovers – are you ready?
Oh, oh, all right!
Something nearby hovers – are you ready for it? Are you ready?

Take this beer – give me real release:
Invisible things gathering into a heartbeat;
Smiling skin and the slightest of lives;
The love within the brightest of nights.

Doo-do-do-doo….

Pins and Needles

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

Take me away
Far away
I’ll tell you what we’re going to do

We’re going to take it away
Far away
I’ll tell you what it’s going to do

Until the feeling’s coming back

I’ve been so bored
I could scream.
I’m sure you know exactly what I mean.

I’m so bored
I could scream
You know exactly what I mean.

But the feeling’s coming back.
Feeling’s coming back.

Da da da…..

I wasn’t young for long,
Maybe a day or two,
And I’ve been old since then.

I wasn’t young for long,
Maybe a day or two,
And I’ve been old since then.

Until the feeling’s coming back

Such a shame
It has to come to this.
Such a shame it has to come to this.

Such a shame,
Such a crying shame,
Such a shame it has to come to this.

But the feeling’s coming back.
Feeling’s coming back.

Da da da

(You think I drink too much -
I think I think too much.
You think I drink too much –
I think I think I think too much.

We all need parachutes…)

But the feeling’s coming back.

Da da da

Woman will save the world

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

Life is a struggle,
Strife and trouble.
Fire and reason rule the new theocracy

Life’s a struggle,
Toil and trouble:
An elemental battle at war with itself.

But Woman can save the world (so be a woman).

You dared to be different,
Now dare to be the same:
It’s you to make the change - learn to feel the pain of the world.

Rain has soaked my hair,
Soil under my nails.
Run into my arms – Nature, embrace yourself!

Oh, Man, you can save the world (if you be a woman).

I can really do this
(You can really do this)

I just need to change my eyes
(you just need to change your eyes)

Woman/Man we can save the world (if we just be a woman).

Throw yourself wide open

Written By: Daniel M. P. Shaw

I think things I cannot speak,
but I can explore their hand holds and their footholds
and, in tactile understanding,
find a grip and throw them out to the world.

Come on. Come on, now.

How on Earth con you expect to be free,
unless you throw yourself wide open?
How on Earth can you expect to be me,
unless you throw yourself wide open.
Trickle in like a mandolin,
and throw yourself wide open.
Be like the sun, mingled with the sea,
and throw yourself wide open.

You're no more complicated than me,
you just noticed the shadow you cast in the sun
and, banishing night, hold it ransom
until it claims its rightful place in the world.

Come on. Come on, now.

How on Earth con you expect to be free,
unless you throw yourself wide open?
How on Earth can you expect to be me,
unless you throw yourself wide open.
Trickle in like a mandolin,
and throw yourself wide open.
Be like the sun, mingled with the sea,
and throw yourself wide open.

I'll learn my thoughts, locate their words,
and hence secure them, moor them meticulously
and spread them as warpaint,
then waering nothing but a drumbeat, I will conquer the world.

Come on. Come on, now.

How on Earth con you expect to be free,
unless you throw yourself wide open?
How on Earth can you expect to be me,
unless you throw yourself wide open.
Trickle in like a mandolin,
and throw yourself wide open.
Be like the sun, mingled with the sea,
and throw yourself wide open.

Discography

Healing Songs - 7 Track Album (2003)
When You're In There - 5 Track EP (2005)
Compilations:
-Meilleurs auto-produits (best of Swiss self-produced music), FNAC, 2006
-Casa Allianza, 2006
-Best of World, Couleur 3, 2006
-Roger (Betterer) single 2007
-Benefizsampler, 2007 - disc compiling the best independent music from either side of the linguistic divide.
-'En fan de' - (to be released) 2008 - specially comissioned Social awareness CD for children.

Set List

Tiger the Lion play two sets of 45 minutes each, but can play longer and/or shorter sets upon request. They have a large repertoire of over 40 original songs and so don't play covers.

Songs:

A Song Without Drums
Bullies
Catch A Wave
Clouds
Croon/Slip Away
Dark Matter/Pathosphere
Escape From Your Head In The Morning
Driftwood
Flinch of Recognition
Glint
Healing Song
Islands of Time And Space
(Island Hopping)
Look at Me!
Mother & Son
Muriel and Jimmy
On Your Way To Once-Upon-A-Time
Our Yet-To-Be
Perfect Little Day
Piers Die on Beaches
Pins and Needles
Reflections off Windows
Roger (Betterer)
Sidelong Loving Glance
Something About Nothing
Sorry
Step Outside
Tabloid
Take it from the top
Tangerine
The Last Song?
The Most Breakable Shadow
There's Something Out There
The Serial Killer
They're renovating the city
Throw Yourself Wide Open
Touch a Life
Tree Music
When you're in there
Why? Why? Why?
WMD
Woman Will Save The World
Your Weakness i