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Australia may have started out as Great Britain's "out of sight, out of mind" solution for convicts, but today it is a hotbed of musical talent. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's the the beaches. Or maybe it's the bazillions of snakes/spiders/birds-straight-out-of-nightmares causing people to stay in their homes and ease their fears with music. Whatever it is, it's working.

Full on family affair Tigertown is a perfect example of the Land Down Under's ability to craft some incredible musicians. The band is fronted by lead guitarist Chris Collins and his synth-playing wife, Charlie, with whom he shares the role of lead vocalist. Chris gets the honor of working with his in-laws everyday, with Charlie's brother and sister, Alexi and Elodie, rounding out the band on keys and bass.

A few weeks ago, Tigertown released an incredible summer jam, "Warriors." When the band played one of our Bands + Brews concerts last summer, it was one of the songs they performed for us. We have been waiting all year for this song to finally drop, because it's been in our heads ever since. The band also played "Papernote" off their EP of the same name, and it was killer. Prepare to be amazed.

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out to our Bands and Brews sessions here at Industry City.
We are like warriors in the dead of the night
We are like warriors fires are dancing in our eyes
Fall in, fall out Fall in, fall out
Fall in, fall out
Cut your name into my arm Break an arrow in my heart
Just give me something
I don't care if this is real I'll do anything to feel
Just give me something Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Take me all the way Am I wake or am I sleeping
Take me all the way Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Take me all the way I can't shake the way I'm feeling
Take me all the way Because I love you when I'm dreaming
We are into the light We are unshakeable
Fires are dancing in our eyes
Fall in, fall out Fall in, fall out
Fall in, fall out
Cut your name into my arm Break an arrow in my heart
Just give me something
I don't care if this is real I'll do anything to feel
Just give me something Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Take me all the way Am I wake or am I sleeping
Take me all the way Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Take me all the way I can't shake the way I'm feeling
Take me all the way Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Fall in, fall in Fall in, fall in, fall in
Fall in, fall out
I don't care if this is real I'll do anything to feel
Just give me something Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Take me all the way Am I wake or am I sleeping
Take me all the way Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Take me all the way I can't shake the way I'm feeling
Take me all the way Because I love you when I'm dreaming
Take me all the way All the way, all the way
Take me all the way All the way, all the way
Take me all the way I can't shake the way I'm feeling
Take me all the way Because I love you when I'm dreaming
You were caught out in the deep I wish that I could breathe underwater
Come and get ya
But you left without a trace Couldn't tell you face to face
I'd do anything to get ya
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Maybe I should go See will your heart grow
Take a paper-note Wrap it up in smoke
You were crying in your sleep I wish that I can meet you
In between your dreams
I wanna turn up to that place I tell ya face to face
I'll do anything to keep ya
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Maybe I should go See will your heart grow
Take a paper-note Wrap it up in smoke
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Maybe I should go
Maybe I should go
Maybe I should go
Maybe I should go
I'd do anything to get ya
Maybe I should go
Maybe I should go See will your heart grow
Take a paper-note Wrap it up in smoke
Nobody but you
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
Nobody but you Ain't nobody
- Thank you so much.
Thanks for having us.

Artist Bio

The story of Tigertown doesn't play out like any other ordinary band. They weren't high school friends who bonded over the love of music and started covering their favourite punk tunes in their parents' garage, nor did they meet in the club over a glow stick and a love of beats. Instead, the bond these five musicians share runs much deeper than most, for they don't shake each other off at the end of a tour and head into a focused slumber with their respective loved ones. These five are family try to keep up co-lead vocalist Charlie and drummer Kurt are siblings as are co-lead vocalist Chris, bassist Elodie and key-player Alexi, but bringing the families together is the marriage between the united front of Chris and Charlie.

It's safe to say this marriage of songwriters is the main catalyst within Tigertown. When Chris and Charlie first showed each other initial tracks of what would eventually become their debut, self-titled EP, it was perfectly evident especially in songs like the effervescent 'Go Now' that this was going to quickly become a life-long love affair in music. Initial sessions, with the two families combining forces, naturally occurred and Tigertown, by name and nature, was born. A second EP Before the Morning quickly followed and spawned two singles, 'Lions & Witches' and the beloved radio-hit 'Morning Has Finally Come', extending the songwriters' muscle even further than before.

Together, the five were exploring the vast hinterland of shimmering, alternative and perfectly-executed pop unlike anything that was happening within the Australian music community. But it's clear, even by the band's own admission, that this familial bond is more present and stronger than ever on their third EP Wandering Eyes.

How is this even possible? Well, to get a firm grasp of this, you'd need to start with how Tigertown recorded Wandering Eyes. Firstly, they decamped to a private and humble getaway at the foot of the Blue Mountains where they tracked shoulder to shoulder the base of all five songs, very quickly, with AMP award-winning producer Liam Judson (Belles Will Ring, Cloud Control). The peaceful seclusion of their environment effortlessly placed them in the right headspace to attempt things they normally wouldn't, for example, they'd find themselves harmonising around the one microphone, rather than capturing each voice individually. From there, additional production was taken to Melbourne to the ubiquitous Steve Schram (San Cisco, Little Birdy, Little Red) who "added the lace" and brought the songs all the way to what you hear on the finished product.

The writing of the Wandering Eyes EP is a collaborative achievement of Chris and Charlie in its purest sense. Its lyrical themes traverse a range of worldly topics and influences, a trend of becoming more and more imaginative which began on Before the Morning and has encompassed Wandering Eyes entirely. Within these five songs, Tigertown certainly don't lean on the usual subjects tried and true there's a tale about a cowboy meeting a girl in a desert and a story of a woman who talks to her dead husband. Meanwhile, they've claimed ownership of their sonic-palette completely first single 'What You Came Here For' proves, once again, a dexterity for penning a radio hit one that unravels beautifully with each repeated listen while future-favourite 'Back In Time' and opulent opener 'Weary Eyes' both flaunt their world now a band trademark of dreampop, lavish harmonies and impeccably executed musicianship.

"It's pretty amazing!" Charlie confesses of not only being in a band with her husband and two tight-knit families, but also just how far they've come in a short two and a half years. "Of course we have fights but then we make up ten minutes later. But yes, it's hard to imagine a band being any other way now I wouldn't trade any of this for anything else."

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