Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
Record label: Fortuna Pop
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Indie pop can perhaps sound the most primitive of the indie sub-genres, but there’s a method to its naivety; it’s not always easy to pull off with such conviction. East London’s Tigercats, however, render the kind of authentic bittersweet pop that, on the surface, sounds made for the young and disheartened. But it will have a hard time failing to enamour the wiser among us.
Tigercats bounced out of the gates in 2012 with their vibrant and immensely twee debut, Isle Of Dogs. It was refreshingly unpretentious and, above all else, thoroughly enjoyable; so much so that Fortuna POP! signed them following its success. They fit very nicely into the label’s roster, and for their follow-up, Mysteries, they’re fortunate enough to get the assistance of Paul Rains from labelmates Allo Darlin’, who fleshes out their aesthetic with additional guitars and brass.
East London indie pop troupe Tigercats go gentle on Mysteries, their mild-mannered sophomore LP and label debut for Fortuna Pop! An easier tone and richer sonic palette aren't the only changes since the release of their jaunty 2012 debut Isle of Dogs. The family has grown into a quintet with the addition of former Allo Darlin' guitarist Paul Rains, whose clean, sparkling riffs help to soften the edges of frontman Duncan Barrett's punchy, rhythmic style. Additionally, Barrett has opened the door for more vocal opportunities for singer/keyboardist Laura Kovic, who takes over the lead on a handful of tracks and shares the load with him on the rest.
Indiepop is a genre that has got almost everything right. The fans are devoted, the labels are ethical and the DIY spirit that they seem to have preserved in sodding amber since the Eighties continues as though Creation Records was never sold to Sony. A world of club nights and ‘zines exists resiliently below the surface of the UK’s cities, and they laugh in the face of what is currently classed as 'indie' music: indeed, these days, this is the closest thing guitar music has to a scene.