Q&A: The Tiger & Me

Define your genre in five words or less:

Indie-pop. Euro-folk. Done.


What can a punter expect from your live show?

I might give you the ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ answer for this one, which is: a rare mixture of styles and sounds as three lead vocalists exchange and merge tunes from whispered ballad to fevered maelstrom. Driven by keys, bass and drums, the band also draws on guitars, ukulele, accordion, violin and five voices.


Where would you like to be in five years?

The Forum.


What makes a good musician?

50% practice, 20% natural ability, 30% assorted stimulants, 20% amazing hair, 5% anxiety, 5% ability to add up percentages, 10% more practice, and the rest is just good luck.


Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can I get them?

Two LPs, From A Liar To A Thief (2010) and The Drifter’s Dawn (2012). Try ABC stores, JB-Hifi, iTunes or Spotify.


Tell us about the last song you wrote.

Last year I wrote and recorded an album on my own (as yet unreleased), setting Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven to music. One of the songs looked like it would fit The Tiger & Me much better than the orchestral art pop setting of the rest of The Raven, so I took it to the band. We played with the lyrics a little to make it appropriate, but some of the original text remains, and the title Other Friends Have Flown Before comes directly from the poem.


What inspires or has influenced your music the most?

Working with and learning from people I admire. For example: being in a studio for several weeks with Steven Schram, the producer on our recent record, was a huge inspiration. He hears different things to what I hear. I learned a lot, especially about vocal performance and what makes a good one. Writing a song for The Key of Sea project with Murtaza Jafari, an Afghani refugee now living in Australia, was hugely influential. Collaborating with other musicians and performers is a constant source of inspiration.


So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you... what do they say?

I like to think they’ll say that band sounds amazing, but they’ll probably say the bass player has a sweet moustache (which is true), the accordion player is mysterious and handsome (he’s handsome but he’s not really that mysterious), and how the hell is the frontman getting into those jeans? (with some difficulty)

THE TIGER & ME play The Spotted Mallard on Saturday June 15 with Aluka and Oh Pep! Entry is $15 from 8.30pm.