First Tiger's album, Dedicated, is full of syncopated rhythms, lively basslines, off-kilter hooks, and tunes that'll stay with you.
Shorts and Stevie started playing guitar together as teenagers in Glasgow, but it was a while later that they took to playing gigs. In between times they studied, traveled, worked and lived in different countries.
When they both ended up back in Glasgow, they started off playing as an acoustic duo around the city. They worked with several drummers and bass players, and after few different line-ups met Iain (bass) and Paddy (drums) and things started coming together very nicely.
They recorded their first album with a highly-respected Glasgow producer, Stuart McCredie, who has worked with some great names in Scottish music (Texas, The Blue Nile, The Fratellis).
His lean, direct production has brought out the strength and originality of the songs. It shows Stevie’s knack for an earworm, and Shorts' distinctive, warm and honest vocal at its best.
"We want this album to feel like a fun, catchy piece of work. Stick it on while you brew the coffee."
The songs on the album are pretty varied, with a range of influences in there. For Pete's Sake gives a nod to Jacques Brel's Vesoul in its contemporary take on escape from a stultifying relationship. Walking On Air takes the opening lines of Fats Waller's Crazy 'Bout My Baby as a starting point, and uses them to get at a completely different set of ideas. Other People's Taste plays with ideas of identity and originality - and the vanity of small differences that you cling to as a musician - with a tongue-in-cheek reference to meeting your doppleganger.