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Fond of Tigers

Featuring seven of Vancouver's leading creative musicians, "Fond of Tigers have proven that descriptions of their sound are next to impossible and essentially pointless." - (Herohill)

JUNO Award winning Fond of Tigers have been developing a complicated, beautiful sound since 2003. Featuring seven of Vancouver’s leading creative musicians, Fond of Tigers play a layered, nuanced music that explores musical possibilities ranging from the smallest gesture of extended technique, to the full avant-rock bombast possible with a wild, double-drumkit-led septet.

Fond of Tigers’ intense and idiosyncratic sound inhabits an undefined musical territory somewhere in the outlands of avant-rock: “prog, post-rock, or jazz -- whatever you want to call this, it rarely sounds this pretty, this expressive, this emotional, this bracing.” (CokeMachineGlow)

Some reviews of Fond of Tigers' previous album, Continent & Western:

"Vancouver’s Fond of Tigers keep ideas flowing at a good clip on their masterful third full-length album." - NOW Magazine

"Fond Of Tigers vacillate between minimal washes of sound and gales of loudness that incorporate jazz, rock, European classical and electronic accents in grand, sweeping ways." - Exclaim!

"...a beautifully sprawling disc." - The Georgia Straight

"The band has never had a better sounding recording, with each player's contribution clear in the mix and this means you can really appreciate the complexity of what the musicians achieve in this constantly amazing project." - The Province

"It will keep you very interested." - See Magazine

"That Continent & Western manages to fit song structures and experimental improv into its forty-six minutes and still sound like the work of one band says something about its range." – Textura

“Continent & Western” fuses rock, no wave and, well, fusion, into a wild, improvisational, hot groove that almost never stops. And never stops upending expectations." - Foxy Digitalis

"Without question, five years of music from Vancouver’s Fond of Tigers has proven that descriptions of their sound are next to impossible and essentially pointless... When it comes to Continent & Western however, the reward is in the total experience. The moments of serenity and tradition spliced into collages of chaos and urgency are as captivating as they are conflicting and certainly better heard than read. " – Herohill

"...this avant-pop combo is as much pop as it is avant, and there’s always enough structure to these songs to keep the playing, even at its edgiest, from careering into cacophony." - The Globe and Mail

“Fond of Tigers have already explored a lot of interesting musical ground and don't seem to be slowing down. Catch them now if you can.” - !Earshot

“Vancouver's seven-member avant-garde meets avant-rock group still serves up experimental, edgy, layered music, but this effort is more approachable than previous releases. Rest easy, though, as the raw chaos is still evident in tracks such as the explosive “Soheb,” “Grandad,” and “Sept. 16, 2005,” but this Continent & Western displays a new Fond of Tigers, with a newfound, expanded reach.” – FFWD Magazine

“No band impressed me more than this one. They’re Fond of Tigers, a Canadian outfit who had my eyes rolling into the back of my head.” - The Needle Drop

“Fond of Tigers’ newest album, Continent & Western, offers the curated chaos listeners have grown to love, but this time there is a new focus on melody, distinct arrangement, and the first appearance of lyrics. Don’t think, though, that the album is a radical departure or transformation of their ethos; rather, for Fond of Tigers, the traditional is unexpected, and the unexpected has become tradition. Continent & Western offers the same intelligence, space and shades of previous offerings, as well some amazing collaborations from old friends. – Discorder

“Fond of Tigers branches out into new and sometimes noisier territories on its third album Continent & Western, the septet at times sounding closer in spirit to an avant, take-no-prisoners outfit like Naked City than a standard neo-jazz collective. But regardless of whether the material in question is a vocal-based song or an uproarious throwdown, the band's uncompromising identity remains intact.” - textura

“And then I listened to Continent & Western. And then I was happy and had hope for the future and for my son." - Forest Gospel

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