Gig Reviews

Tigertown, Brighton Up Bar – 11/10/2012

Having recently stumbled upon familial five-piece Tigertown, their melodic harmonies and general loveliness built up my excitement to see them do their thing live at Brighton Up Bar last Thursday night. Consisting of the union of two families through the marriage of lead singer Charlie and guitarist Chris, the love among the group was tangible and radiated throughout the audience, a feeling that remained long after their set was over.

With the stage dimly lit, dressed in feathers and hippie vibes, opening track, Morning Has Finally Come elevated that warm fuzzy feeling with nothing but passion flowing through their many instruments. Rolling out with soulful vocals perfectly complimented by a stunning mandolin riding on a simple piano line, the song built to dazzling heights with a burst of rhythmic percussions and acoustic guitar.

With their sound strongly established, the bar was set for the rest of their show, and they didn’t disappoint. With each song effortlessly weaving into the next, one thing that really took my breath away was their pure musicianship. As well as the regular instruments that you would expect from a five-piece – guitar, bass, drums and keyboard – the band injected their set with the resonating beauty of a trumpet and the lighthearted chimes of a xylophone, peppered with the occasional tinkle of a tambourine. The overall effect was nothing short of perfection.

Balancing poppier numbers such as All We Stand On with slower jams, including After Hours, their set ended on a high note with the catchy, Lions and Witches. Packing a punch with the resounding boom of tribal drums riding on a dreamy piano line, the vocals really shined on this one, spouting goosebumps on the back of my neck that had nothing to do with the weather.

I walked away with my heart beaming, feeling like I witnessed something rare and special. If you ever get the chance, do yourself a solid and see this band before they embark on inevitable world domination.

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