Tigertown @ The Workers Club (with Kate Martin and MTNS) – 29 Sept ’13

After being completely charmed by Tigertown back in May (supporting Bob Evans) it was time to relive the magic again.

Arriving early enough to catch the supports despite the evening’s logistical challenges meant being treated to the delightful Kate Martin, fittingly accompanied by Will and bonding over the pineapple story.

Kate Martin @ The Workers Club

Kate Martin @ The Workers Club.
Credits: Kristel Proctor t:@justkyp

The tempo changes and fused genres within ‘Southern Rain’ may have seemed out of place in theory, but with a simple arrangement and charged pauses it was a captivating feat, almost a combination of mini-songs in one. ‘Wild Horses’ demonstrated songwriting prowess with soaring vocals and after the duet of First Frost, Kate’s new single Awaken recounted the innocent views of the world as a child.

It wasn’t long before MTNS hit the stage with their haunting and chilled soundscapes. Shame about the distorted sounds coming from the drum pad (clearly I’d picked the worst spot in the room that night!). What I did hear definitely sparked my curiousity and intrigue to have another listen and I’m definitely liking Lost Track of Time, so looking forward to hearing more from these guys.

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MTNS @ The Workers Club
Credits: Kristel Proctor t:@justkyp

Promoting their latest EP release, Tigertown aptly opened with the cruisy sounds of its title track Wandering Eyes. This one brings stronger associations to the like of Fleetwood Mac sounds (a good thing!), with its laidback tempo, rolling rhythms and those gorgeous harmonies.

Tigertown @ The Workers Club Credits: Kristel Proctor t:@justkyp

Tigertown @ The Workers Club
Credits: Kristel Proctor t:@justkyp

It wasn’t long before the gentle luscious harmonies and layered build of All We Stand On filled the room, and despite the great work on Wandering Eyes, this is still my favourite Tigertown track. Following Go Now, the band went to Back In Time which is just as brilliant live as it is on the EP and treated the crowd to a new track, ‘These Hands’ which had a little more of a rock edge, very cool indeed.

It’s great hearing the music you’ve listened to on an EP live as you know it, but even more exciting when something takes on a new form or interpretation. Tonight, it was the string arrangements accompanying Charlie on My Ghost, truly captivating.

Chris 'upgrading' from guitar to violin @ The Workers Club Credits: Kristel Proctor t:@justkyp

Chris ‘upgrading’ from guitar to violin @ The Workers Club
Credits: Kristel Proctor t:@justkyp

There could be no more fitting end to the night than What You Came Here For. This was a showcase of everything that Tigertown does, and does so well.

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