Isle Of Dogs

by Tigercats

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The debut album from East London’s indiepop band Tigercats, Isle of Dogs, will be released on CD (Acuarela Discos) and 12" vinyl (Fika Recordings) on April 9, 2012. With 11 fantastically catchy, heartfelt and infectious songs, the band are well in to their stride, demonstrating an enthusiastic confidence and a fun-loving charisma.

Here’s a bit of history: Tigercats’ singer Duncan played in Esiotrot until suddenly he didn't, and after a respectful interval of ambling around for 18 months he asked his brother Giles to join on bass in a new band. The name Tigercats appeared out of the air and was soon followed by Jonny on drums, Stefan on guitar and Laura on keyboard.
Tigercats have released three singles on Haircut and WeePop! records that have been mostly compared to Orange Juice and Hefner, with the Wave Pictures and Violent Femmes close behind. Steve Lamacq said their longest ever song, "Banned at the Troxy" was "a great little single" and Huw Stephens said "it reminds me of Los Campesinos that, and that’s a very very very good thing". This is of course excellent, and perhaps someone will pick up on their love of Chic eventually.

Tigercats have been lucky enough to play some great shows with Allo Darlin, the Wave Pictures, the Lovely Eggs, Dum Dum Girls, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Omi Palone. After one show, Darren Hayman kindly said, "Incidentally, Tigercats are really good. Not [just] in that way that most people say bands are good, but good in a way that means something."

"Tigercats are a very very good band... a splendid guitar busyness inherited from Television, a rhythmic relentlessness taken from the Violent Femmes and, from Blondie, an understanding that just because you're a rock band, it doesn't mean you're not allowed to make people dance." The Sunday Times

"a band to listen to obsessively, and not just if you need to feel frisky." Drowned In Sound

“Their songs betray no alterior motives of forced cool, only an enthusiastic young band in love with making songs. Excellent, alive, and bright.” Artrocker

“Tigercats are that rarest of bands, an indie-pop act you can actually dance to.” Neon Filler

“…it reminds me of Los Campesinos that, and that’s a very very very good thing.” Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1

"Tigercats have fed well off London lore, gorging apparently on a diet of Spearmint and Television Personalities, the anti-societal punk poetry of Shirley Lee and Dan Treacy. Hefner too." For Folks Sake

"if you want a bunch of gorgeous, well-thought-out tracks for any occasion, this is the one for you. Superbly crafted, original and soul-tingly, Tigercats can bring who they want to the party." Click Music

“What Tigercats has come up with is a manifesto for what it means to be alive, to be in London and to be living life… if I was 16 right now I’d think this album was sent to save my life.” A Layer of Chips

“TIGERCATS write songs about Stevie Nicks and Whitechapel, all delivered atop a cloud of shimmering dream rock. Drums twist and guitars bloom like fireworks, whilst a plaintive vocal sounding eerily like Pete Shelley underpins their sound.” Upset the Rhythm

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released 09 April 2012

Recorded at Soup Studios, London by Simon Trought and Giles Barrett, except Limehouse Nights by Ian Button at his Magical Mobile Studio. Mixed by Giles Barrett & Tigercats.
All songs writen and performed by Tigercats.

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Tigercats’ singer Duncan played in Esiotrot until suddenly he didn't, and after a respectful interval of ambling around for 18 months he asked his brother Giles to join on bass in a new band. The name Tigercats appeared out of the air and was soon followed by Jonny on drums, Stefan on guitar and Laura on keyboard. ... more

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Track Name: Coffin For The Isle Of Dogs
This is a declaration of independence
Pull up the bridges, don’t let anybody in
This is a declaration of independence
And this island has gone to the dogs
Take your grievances to the street
Leave the commuters in their commuter trains
Leave their kids in their prams
In our parks
In our streets
In our towns

This is a declaration of independence
Your nothing but a cheap gang of estate agents
So don’t dictate!

You call it fall out
We call it payback
We’re gonna make you wish
Wish you didn’t say that

This is not our crisis
We are not your collateral
This is a declaration of independence
And it’s unilateral
Track Name: Konny Huck
I don’t know what sets you apart
Is it something I said
Or did it go wrong from the start
Well I don’t mind if you don’t
But I don’t think so
No I don’t think so

It’s been every night for the last 6 years
And I only smoke so you won’t see me clear
Could I set it far behind?
Well I don’t think so
No I don’t think so

Bus drivers out of control
Out on Hackney Downs
Stockbrokers made bad investments
All over this town
I saw you carry the torch
I saw where you went down
They say they’re unstoppable
I think that’s impossible
Track Name: Full Moon Reggae Party
I got you on my mind
It’s a full moon tonight
You got the wedding cake
I got the cola-wine
And we will go to sleep
And you will not believe what we’ve done

You know the younger girls
They make us feel too old
They've not heard of The Fall
Not been to school at all
And we will go to sleep
And you will not believe what we’ve done

I want you, on my side

It’s nearly 3am
They’re dancing like it’s ten
We’ll find a better bar
You know where our friends are
And we will go to sleep
And they will not believe what we’ve done

I heard you sold the van
We got two fake Gaugin's
And we will get the cash
Dance to Two Seven's Clash
And you will fall asleep
And we will not believe what we’ve done

I want you, on my side
Track Name: The Vapours
I dream of you
On the night bus
277
Getting your feet wet

I dream of you
In a trendy bar in Dalston
Surrounded by idiots
With ridiculous haircuts

And I want to dream again

I dream of you in Regent’s Canal
Swimming with the turtles
And the pre-historic fishes
Serenaded by the guy from the palm tree
With “Fools Rush In”

I dream of in an imaginary record shop
Staffed by new wave
One hit wonders
We got Jonah Lewie
We got Jilted John
We got The Only Ones
We got the guys who sang “Turning Japanese”
I think it was
I think it was
I think it was The Vapours

And I want to dream again

I dream of you in flight across the atlantic
With two too many
Gin & Tonics
And when I woke up you were not there
You couldn’t look me in the eyes

And I want to dream again
Track Name: Stevie Nicks
And when I find you
I’m gonna make you better
And I don’t want you
I just want to forget you
I still got so many of your clothes and
I still got so many of your records

Though she’s a vegan
She’s got a thing for leather
And I’m off the weed now
That we are back together
I still can’t go out
Though she does I bet
I still cant look our friends in the eyes yet.
Track Name: Harper Lee
I was in the attic, you could not believe it
He was there beside me, and you could not believe it
And you were sleeping

He was outside, in the car park by Tesco’s
And he saw nothing
And you were sleeping

You know he was there too
And you were sleeping
And you were, you were

Remembered it, in the rain
I wanted to get out of your sight
You said we’d get out while we’re still young
I don’t know if want to anymore

Outside in the rain
I want you back again
And you were sleeping

I have always go you on my mind
And you were sleeping
Track Name: Limehouse Nights
I just can’t stand the things you say
And you’re always in my way
When you walk out in the rain
Only I know where you…

And I just can’t stand the things you do
And it’s always up to you
When you walk out through the room
Only I know where you…

And I just can’t stand to see you go
And you’re always leaving so
What is up with that you know
Only I know where you…

I was drunk, and he was hit
The insurance said it still was lit when
I fell asleep
And I set fire to your sofa
Track Name: Kim & Thurston
I got a lot of style
And I can stay up for hours
I know you won’t come back tonight
You said so

And when I wake I got a minute
Until it hits me then I’m in it
I’m not dreaming, since you’re leaving
I can hardly sleep at all

I got a lot of style
And I can stay up for hours
I know you won’t come back tonight
You said so

You don’t know this city at all
You think you’re like us but you’re wrong
You don’t know this city no more
And we don’t want your money

I got a lot of style
And I can stay up for hours
I know you won’t come back tonight
You said so

And when I wake I got a minute
Until it hits me then I’m in it
I’m not dreaming, since you’re leaving
I can hardly sleep at all

And when I sleep I got forever
I don’t want it since we’ve severed
I’m not joking
And I’m sober
Wake me up when this is over
Track Name: Easter Island
High five! Sick it up!
It’s better out than in
And I know where to begin

Slap-dash. Shoookatur
I got your secateurs
I got you by the golden curves

I want to tell you something
You know that theres no other
I got you where I want you
I took you for a lover
And now it won’t stop snowing
I need you more than ever
Not knowing where we’re going
That’s part of the adventure

Its in your face
You got it in your hair
You know, and you know you don’t care
And theres nothing
Theres nothing at all
You got it, it’s your way to fall

I want to tell you something
You know that theres no other
I got you where I want you
I took you for a lover
And now it won’t stop snowing
I need you more than ever
Not knowing where we’re going
That’s part of the adventure
Track Name: Banned At The Troxy
The light would shine right through your dress
And trace a line between your legs
And Stefan said, and Jonny said
They said nothing, they’re drunk now get to bed

He acts as if he’s not impress
Dances only under your duress
And while he’s sulking at the bar
I’m out there pulling killer moves on the dancefloor

Summer nights, and summer fights
We’re riding through the park at night
And when the ecstasy wears off
My girls still a south paw

Do you remember 2004
We used to dance til we could dance no more
We used to slip out of the clubs alone
I used to swim you used to hold my clothes
And I’d walk you home.

We never liked to play there anyway
Track Name: Jonny
BLOOD ON MY PILLOWS
AND MY INSIDES ACHE
I GOT TROUBLE IN MY DREAMS
BUT IT’S WORSE WHEN I’M AWAKE
AND I DON’T NEED NO PHARMACIST
BECAUSE I SELF-MEDICATE

AND I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU, JONNY

I MISS OUR RECORDS AND YOU KNOW
THAT I CAN’T PLAY THEM
I MISS OUR FRIENDS BUT
I JUST COULDNN’T FACE THEM
INSOMNIA AND MEMORIES
I WANNA ERASE THEM

BUT WHAT CAN I DO?

I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU, JONNY