TIGERSWAN - AN ALTERNATIVE TRIO
With two guitarists in a trio, you would think that the music was full of guitar solos, nice riffs and poodle hair, but the trio have actually always looked for other elements to add first and base their sound on, and as one the last things in the process - add guitar - if needed. This is an approach that you can easily hear in many of their songs. The past years they’ve done a lot of work in the different studios, with different producers, to shape their sound and to this day, they’ve already had enough material for a debut album or two. 2020 would be the year they released their first full length album.
THE FIRST SONGS AND SOUND
In 2018 they started releasing music through different distributors, where the ballad “Love Me (Like You Used To)” started the whole thing. The song hit New Music Friday Denmark, and hit the Denmark Viral 50 Chart as a top 25 song. The song was a melancholic ballad with piano, odd elements, twisted effects and a gospel choir. It was very much a sort of culmination of the trio's work up until that point. Nothing was sacred and every idea had to be taken into consideration.
“That production was odd, because we twisted so many sounds, in so many plugins, that it’s impossible to hear what is what, besides from the piano and vocals, and still it ended up sounding like it does, easy listening. Plus, for a song written on guitar, it has no guitar on the recording at all, and is quite weird playing on guitar today, hehe. It just changed completely during production”, recalls guitarist Stefan.
After this the trio experimented furthermore in the studio, working on what “Love Me (Like You Used To)” had started, and in the beginning of 2019 they released “Novocaine”, which went on and became a radio hit on the biggest radio channel in Denmark, as well as being titled “Hit Tip of The Week” in the week of release. It was a song that had roots in EDM and pop, and it actually has guitar all the way through. Later an acoustic version was released, and together they have about 1.800.000 streams today (See live session below).
2020 & THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT “H/E/R”
In 2020 the trio released their critically acclaimed debut album 'H/E/R': Eight personal stories, that revolves around the trio’s experiences with the opposites sex, from the teens to the mid 20s. The album is divided into two parts - the happy and the sad stories about falling in love, breakups, drunk dialing etc.
The album was praised for its 80s inspired sound, its international level as well as the trio's courage to mess around with some of the unwritten rules of pop music. A critic from the acknowledged music magazine, GAFFA, called the debut album, not only the best in Denmark 2020, but one of the best one in years.
It debuted at #3 on the Danish Vinyl Chart in its week of release and was "Album of the Week" on the biggest radio channel in Denmark.
"We've tried to tell stories from the, in our opinion, most pivotal years, when it comes to love - the teens to the mid 20s. It's where you really go from rookie to a somewhat experienced person, thinking you know what you want, or still have absolutely no clue about it, hehe. It's also where we made the most mistakes, had the most heartbreaks and caused some as well. It just seemed like a perfect opportunity to revolve our songwriting around these things. In many ways the album is us saying thank you to the past experiences and girlfriends, good or bad, we wouldn't have been without any of it", says leadsinger Andreas.
LIVE - ONE TO WATCH
Despite all that, TigerSwan is still a relatively small fish in the big sea. However they’ve already played large festivals such as Langelandsfestival 2018, done warm up gigs for Carpark North, and the highlight so far - headlining Frederikssund Festival 2019 with big names such as Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Tina Dickow etc. Everything without having a booking or major label behind them. They are an absolute "one to watch" live act, which Frederikssund Festival can acknowledge, as they re-booked the trio straight after their concert at the festival in 2018, after having watched them create an impressive show in one of their tents, during mid day.
"We enjoy playing wherever, and have always thrived performing in front of an unfamiliar crowd, which we've tried in Japan, USA and several times in Denmark of course. Frederikssund Festival 2019 it was 1200+ people, that we'd never seen before, and at the end of the show they were all singing and clapping along. It was amazing. I remember my heart pounding like never before. You don't get that kind of kick anywhere else..", says guitarist Christopher.
'H/E/R' was released on September 4th, 2020.