I caught East London‘s Tigercats live at the Barfly in Camden supporting Magic Kids and ‘Allo Darlin. I had read some great things about the band but only heard a handful of tracks available through their myspace this was a chance for them to win me over.
The 4 piece hit the stage and I was immediately struck by how much bigger their songs sound live. Despite occasionally veering into twee territory, and certainly not in a bad way, on record from the stage the different components sound beefier and harder hitting.
Appearing to mix Pavements rare ability to turn even a relative simple riff on its head with Sky Larkin‘s British exuberance the band were sounding are tighter than a Chilean mine shaft. The best weapon in their arsenal has to be frontman Duncan Barrett whose distinctive nasal vocals, occasional falsetto and hazy lyrics lend a uniqueness to the band’s sound.
Tigercats have two singles available now through Haircut Records and are on a bit of a promotional round at the moment. They’re playing some London dates in early december, I’ll be there and you should too.