Tiger House – Live from the Banana Stand 2011 will be released in its entirety (and, as always, for the low-low price of pay-what-you-want) on October 11th. It’s a great album release from one of the ‘Stand’s favorite bands, so make sure you check back in October to download it. In the meantime, please enjoy this preview track, Gender Steady, and check out Tiger House – Live from the Banana Stand, also available for pay-what-you-want. -L
Jubilation. That’s the feeling that fills me when I listen to Gender Steady, the first track from Tiger House – Live from the Banana Stand 2011 (also the preview track for the album). I can’t help but be infected by the energy of Carl Simpson’s keyboard line, and by Bill Scharmann’s exclamation at the 1:00 mark (and often following). Further driven by the exceptional rhythm section of George Moore and Dustin Mills on bass and drums respectively, Gender Steady perfectly sets the tone for the following 30 minutes of great live music.
You get a sense that jubilant is how the band feels while they’re performing. One of the many reasons that we love TiHo (pronounced TIE-hoe, apparently, not TEE-hoe, as I had pronounced it for so long), is that the band seems to love to perform live. Whether it’s at the Doug Fir or a random house show, Tiger House tears shit up. There’s a joy and vigor to their performances that always comes through, and that we feel lucky to have captured in, now, two live albums. Tiger House’s approach is much like that of Tango Alpha Tango’s — play ALL the shows, and seriously deliver when you do. (This may be why there seems to be a growing affection between the two groups). This is a sort of work ethic that we really respect and think other bands should emulate.
Jubilant was also how I felt the first time I listened to the band’s first release with us (titled, simply, Live from the Banana Stand.) I received the first mixes of Tiger House’s first live album with us the evening of a show that had been difficult. I can’t remember what show it was or why it was difficult, but spirits were low after. I instantly loved the album. Then I got to Plurals and listened to it about six times in a row. (The break in the Live from the Banana Stand version of Plurals remains one of my favorite ever Banana-stand moments.) Tiger House – Live from the Banana Stand was an important album for us. Not only was it one of the earliest releases from what has been an unbelievably fruitful relationship with ‘Stand mixing engineer Alex Arrowsmith, but it was also a brilliant reminder of why we do what we do on an evening that I needed that kind of reminder. (Thanks, TiHo.)
We like Tiger House a lot. We like them for the releases that we’ve produced with them, for their work ethic, because they’re cool guys, and for a ton of other reasons. But one of the reasons we most like them is because they don’t give one single fuck. Not about your/the scene. Not about your conception of hipness. Tiger House makes the music they want to make, and put their entire hearts into it. They produce music that says “it’s OK to have fun playing and watching rock music.” It’s music that demonstrates that it’s possible to be both serious and not serious at the same time, and that the right mix of the two can create something really great. We get along great with Tiger House. We count ourselves lucky to have friends like them in the scene, and luckier still to have documented two of their live performances.
Tiger House – Live from the Banana Stand | 2011 was recorded before a live audience on March 26th, 2011 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Alex Arrowsmith. Brian David Smith handled design and layout for album art, which includes original photography from various ‘Standers and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank Tiger House (Bill, Carl, George and Dustin), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.