Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!

This is one in a series of posts that will serve as a really, really last minute effort to promote some of the better music I've gotten my hands on over the last month or two; this release by Foligno, Italy-based trio Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger! in particular is one I've been mulling over for the last couple months, if only because lead single "Twins" caught my attention and then I found myself listening to the full record, disappointed somewhat that the band tried so fervently to imitate American indie rock and succeeded to the extent that there's little to refer to as special.

However, Forever Young is, on further listen, notable for its energy -- there was something familiar about the record that I couldn't quite pinpoint, and about fifteen minutes in, it occurred to me that I felt wowed by their speed, the same way I'd once been astounded by lo-fi Domino Records band The Beautiful Newborn Children (who, of course, were once shoved into a hole of obscurity and are now a mere thing of a moment past). There's Nicola Vedovati, whose drumming is simply nonstop, and sister Joan, whose bass drives each song forward. Diego Masciotti's vocals are poorly recorded, distant, but undoubtedly live, and his guitar jangles to the tune of a giant mess. As a whole, this recording is messy, but it's the stuff of a fantastic live performance, and given such, it's an excellent teaser.

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