Welcome to the first week of Indieterria. If you are not sure what we do here, read the intro.
We are on a year-long journey to create an atlas of new sonic landscapes for 2017 by introducing readers to artists that have something original and innovative to communicate. They may not be huge or ready to hit Top 40. Some of them may be on a way to greater things, but we will also look at artists who are unsigned and still perfecting their craft. It doesn’t matter how established you are in a long run. If you have got that spark, your own way of doing things or something interesting to show, you may find yourself featured on our musical map.
On the margins, we will also tag venues and other places to give our readers a deeper understanding of the local scene that the band came from.
We begin our travels with Tigerside- a five piece from Salford, Manchester. So, welcome everybody to Mancunia – the fabled land that gave us Hacienda & Anthony H Wilson, The Smiths & The Roses, New Order & Joy Division, Es & the baggy pants. Something is definitely in the water in Mancunia as they have more bands per square mile than the capital of grunge!
The idea for Tigerside (do not mistake with French drone/ambient project My Tiger Side fronted by Rémi Saboul) has been born a decade ago during Glastonbury Festival. It took few more years for members of the band to relocate to Salford and properly concentrate on the project. Some line up changes occurred but are shrouded now in mystery. Currently the band consist of John Nash (on vocals), Esther Maylor (vocals, harmonies), Paul/Greggs (guitars), Riven (electronics/keyboards) and David Eagle (drums).
If you know Manchester scene a bit, you must be grinning like a Chesire Cat this very moment. If not – let us tell you a secret. Esther Maylor is known in town as a member of another band with strong following – b i e d e r b e c k. She is also the landlady of Eagle Inn pub/venue in Salford.
Examining the band`s pictures Tigerside look like they just enrolled into university, but don’t let that deceive you. All band members are in their 30s and come with quite an experience on stage and a whole list of musical heroes. The band grew up listening to Radcliffe and Lard Show on BBC Radio 1 (that`s Mark Radcliffe and Marc Riley if you are not familiar) and quote The Verve, Underworld, REM, Human League and Madchester scene as inspirations. They have been featured on BBC Introducing Manchester twice and sold out domestic venues such as Sound Control, Gullivers, Ruby Lounge (here they were supported by another rising star of Mancunia – The Blinders). Their London gig at Dublin Castle also sold out to the last place we are told. 2017 will see them playing festivals in Sweden and perhaps a steady supply of homecoming gigs.
Tigerside also come with an unique ability to confuse music journalists. They describe themselves as “postpunkhousepop”. Now try to describe that to your editor or readers. When we asked them for a bio, the band sent us this absolutely brilliant tagline. Let us quote it in full – because it would make early Manics green with envy:
“[Tigerside are] the sound of an afterhours party in a back street Salford boozer where everyone’s in and everybody knows your name. In the gutter and singing at the stars; it`s a baggy thing, a rocking thing but most of all a dancing thing. It`s chaos and a commotion and they’ll be your best friends through it all”.
Guys! Send this to Creation Management and you are guaranteed that Alan McGee himself will walk to your next gig!
If we had to define the sound of Tigerside, we would mention the likes of M83, Bastille, The XX – so anything within the range of electropop/indie electronic and synthpop if one is to throw around musical labels. But you can`t box this band so easily as you may think. Surprisingly there is a lot of Madchester sounds and rhythms in there (La La Samba), space and melody that bring Hooky`s The Light to mind (Pen Lea) or …even elements of classic U2 at their height (Song For The Crow). John Nash channels Ian Curtis on stage with his strange dances and charisma, while Esther Maylor brings an element in harmonies that remind us of Sarah Snow from Maltese/Danish act No Snow/No Apls.
Other reviews we read mentioned Pink Floyd…
Head spin, isn’t it? That’s the real beauty of this band. Whoever is able to trace all ingredients that go into musical elixir of Tigerside will undoubtedly receive a Mercury Prize or Godlike Genius award .
Some links for you dear readers:
YouTube offers a great live footage of Pen Lea
You may also hear the band though their Soundcloud and other social media quoted below:
Tigerside are managed by Cathy Gregory and you can book the band via Cathytigerside@outlook.com
We recommend that you do. Tigerside receives a stamp of approval from Vanadian Avenue and if any of our readers ever has the opportunity to listen to the band live – do not hesitate. You are in for a wild, yet very satisfying ride.