Track a Tiger

Track a Tiger

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeFolk

Rock/Folk band with guitars, dreamy keys, and male-female harmonies. Think Richard and Linda Thompson and the Sea and Cake having drinks, while Low and Sonic Youth make dinner in the kitchen.

Biography

TRACK A TIGER began in August 2003 as a solo recording project of Jim Vallet. After sifting through some old 4-track tapes and a notebook with a few song ideas, recording began in his Chicago apartment (dubbed Coal to Cola Studio). The result, Woke up early the day I died, was released in October of 2006 on futureappletree records. A live act was to put together, a Daytrotter session recorded, and the band hit SXSW.

The band signed to Deep Elm Records in 2007 for their sophomore release, WE MOVED LIKE GHOSTS. Deep Elm then rereleased the first album and 2009’s I FELT THE BULLET HIT MY HEART, and continues to do all of the band’s licensing. Their music has been heard on the MTV shows 16 and PregnantTeen Mom 2, and The T.O. Show; Fox’s Party of Five DVD set; as well as various film trailers and web commercials.

In 2011, futureappletree released a remix EP, Sewing by Numbers, and the fourth full-length, A Southern Blue.

The Tiger returned in April 2015 with Avenue of the Giants. Released on vinyl, the title came from Jim’s driving trip through the Redwood National Forest on his way from San Francisco to mix the record at Portland’s Jackpot! Recording Studio with Larry Crane (of TapeOp Magazine and Elliot Smith fame). The album was completely written, produced, and engineered by Jim at his Coal to Cola Studio (and a few practice spaces).

Avenue of the Giants mixes acoustic guitars, spacey delays, and dreamy keys with lots of the Tiger's signature sweet male-female harmonies. Think Richard and Linda Thompson and the Sea and Cake having drinks in the living room while Low and The War on Drugs make dinner in the kitchen. Fleetwood Mac is out getting more ice. 

They perform as a full ensemble as well as a stripped-down acoustic three-piece.

Lyrics

What the Leopards Reject

Written By: Jim Vallet

You’re the one that always cries danger
You’re the one that talks to strangers
Sleeping up against the wall
With one eye open

All alone I’ve been dreaming in color
From the fields I see another
Quiet as the atmosphere
Quiet as I lay here
With one eye closed to everywhere you’ve been

Do you see everything I wonder?
Can you feel my blood down under?
Listen to my heart beat
Creeping up behind you

You’re the one that always cries danger
You’re the one that talks to strangers
Sleeping up against the wall
With one eye open
And one eye closed to everywhere you’ve been

We Tried to Hide

Written By: Jim Vallet

Out of a southern blue
I split myself into
Your last sick songs of sorrow that saved me
And tore through love the same way I did

I gave myself up lost
I followed your sweet cry
A sound that slowly died around and drown me
While angels stepped around the fallen

I held my held up high
The weight was on my side
I can feel you here alone beside me
A fool who waits so long in hiding

We tried to hide all night
And split ourselves into
The last sick songs of sorrow that saved us
And tore through love the same way

Don't Let the Nightlight Dance

Written By: Jim Vallet

I’ll say that I love you
If it will end this argument
So give me a soft word
And let me take the easy way out

I’ll promise I’ll stay as far away
As you need me to
Because I feel an endless funeral
Marching around your heart

We’re old enough not to matter
And too young to care
So why this sudden love of truth?
Who cares for us here when we fall?

Don’t let the nightlight dance
I can’t say that I love you
Let it fade away
So let’s end this argument

The Killing

Written By: Jim Vallet

Sometimes drifting and left here twisting
I could not move you or make you better
Oh no, I look behind but not fall down
At the sound

All this killing this peaceful feeling
I will not show you the fear inside me
Oh no, I have no ghost in this fight
Tonight

I have no ghost in this fight tonight
I have no ghost in this fight

Dry these tears of midnight theories
They burn so brightly I move too quickly
And fade to the sun and stars
I fade

I have no ghost in this fight tonight
I have no ghost in this fight

I Felt the Bullet Hit My Heart

Written By: Jim Vallet

I felt the bullet hit my heart
And all at once I fell so cold
It’s in too deep to cut it out
And scrape through another dream with you
A dream with you

And every time I have to lie
It tears a little more away
I’ll have to make it somehow
Before there’s nothing left to say to you
Nothing left at all

And every day I’m losing ground
Sailing on this side of hope
But you will pass me by
As I wait to ride in time with you
Ride in time with you

I feel this bullet in my heart
I know it’s never coming out
It’s in too deep to cut away
And scrape through another dream with you
A dream with you

One Foot in the Ocean

Written By: Jim Vallet

If you’re afraid to ask then I don’t want to tell
You got two tricks left and none to fail
So let your jet-lagged heart move on
You got one foot in the grave
You got one foot in the ocean
And that’s all right

I can’t forgive you yet until you pay the price
Don’t reinvent yourself just to suit the lies
Let them out for all to see
You got one foot in the grave
You got one foot in the ocean

Don’t give away your age until you lose the fight
‘Cause I would never guess and I’m never right
And without shame and without fail
You got one foot in the grave
You got one foot in the ocean
And that’s all right

If you’re afraid to ask then I don’t want to tell
You got two tricks left and none to fail
So let your jet-lagged heart move on
You got one foot in the grave
You got one foot in the ocean
And that’s all right

Girls in Green

Written By: Jim Vallet

Fix your eyes upon the water
The dark it falls down your shoulder
Shake the winter from your hips
And rest your weary midnight fists

As the girls in green take the stage
Oh the girls in green show their age

Kneel down safe my sorry soldier
And rise up slow when you’re called
Sailing restless starting riots
A wind so soft that kept its promise

As the girls in green take the stage
Oh the girls in green show their age

King of Your Blue Eyes

Written By: Jim Vallet

I count all the little ways you move me
A thousand stars you lead the way and thrill me
And I really want to see you
And I really need to feel you once again
Because I am king of your blue eyes

I feel your heart beat out of time
So leave faith to the unknown we’ll find a way
And I really want to see you
And I really need to tell you once again
That I am king of your blue eyes

Run for the Cause

Written By: Jim Vallet

Hung down among the pines
Wide eyed from the storm
On my skin I feel the night
Creeping in

As the moon was winding down
You took the fire from the stars
And the light out from the sun

You were falling once again
All alone for the last time

I explode in the cold when you hold me
It’s been such a long way to love you

As the world takes us on
We always run for the cause
We believe in our own perfection

Now you make the skies thin blue
Underneath before you move
Down around me, down the road

The Indian River

Written By: Jim Vallet

In a love-struck summer
Near the Indian River
In a night long fever
Don’t make me wait
Don’t make me war
With you
Don’t make me war

Let’s stand on shoulders in all this this beauty
‘Cause we might be changing
And the words are failing me
But I might forgive you
Sometimes
I might forgive you

Discography

"Avenue of the Giants"
Released 04.21.15 on futureappletree records (FATCD040)

"A Southern Blue"
Released 11.01.11 on futureappletree records (FATCD038)

"Sewing By Numbers"
Released 01.01.11 on futureappletree records (FATCD036)

"I Felt the Bullet Bit My Heart"
Released 10.08.09 on Deep Elm Records (DER-480) and futureappletree records (FATCD032)

"We Moved Like Ghosts"
Released 05.01.07 on Deep Elm Records (DER-461)

"Woke up early the day I died"
Released 02.28.06 on futureappletree records (FATCD021) and Deep Elm Records (DER-486)

All licensing by Deep Elm Records

Set List

We have about 40 original songs to choose from. We can do two sets with a few covers thrown in, and can also play as a full ensemble or stripped-down acoustic three-piece.