TIGUE - Peaks

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Release Date: November 13, 2015

Peaks is the debut full-length album from powerhouse percussion trio TIGUE, and will see a release on November 13th. Peaks features guitar and bass contributions from Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and James McNew, as well as other contributions from Shahin Motia, Mike Turzanski and Kid Millions (who also produced the record). To ring in the announcement, the group has shared an album trailer that features clips of the new music over performance footage, which is available to stream or embed HEREAdditionally, the group has released an excerpt of the track "Sitting" via Bandcamp, which is available to stream or embed HERE.

Half new music ensemble, half art-rock band, TIGUE delivers rhythmic hooks and patterned drones, uniting homegrown ethos and conservatory precision. Praised for their energetic and focused performances, the Ohio-born, Brooklyn-based members (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have worked together extensively on original and composed music for nearly half a decade. Formed in 2012, TIGUE crystallized out of, and in spite of, the eclectic contemporary, pop, and avant-garde influences inherent in their DNA.

Peaks is comprised of a peculiar brand of post-minimalist pattern-pop; a collection of crisscrossed musical conventions that evokes a kaleidoscope of genres. With inspiration from pioneering composers and breakthrough art-rockers, TIGUE has fashioned an album that defies categorization.

About the record, Matt writes, "Like our live show, Peaks is meant to be understood in it's entirety; it's really a seamless, single work in eight parts. But, alternatively, some of the parts are based on song forms; songs where lyrics have been replaced with a kind of compositional complexity. It's music I imagine you would count along to rather than sing along to."

TIGUE is actively performing and teaching at music festivals, colleges and universities around the country. Recent performances have included the International Beethoven Festival (Chicago), the Color Field Festival (Madison), the Frieze Festival (NYC) and the New Music Bake Sale (Brooklyn). They perform frequently in New York City, highlighted by recent performances at Roulette, The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, The Noguchi Museum, and the Knitting Factory.

Press and News:

IMPOSE Magazine: Video Debut - TIGUE, “DRESS WELL”

I Care If You Listen: "It seems rare that a debut chamber recording composed collaboratively would be this appealing. TIGUE brings contagious energy to Peaks, and while it might be easy to imagine what will come next from them, I can’t wait to hear it.

Chicago Reader: "progresses seamlessly through punishing backbeats, hovering drones, and spiky tuned percussion, and it's always electric."

NewMusicBox: 2015 Staff Picks - "Tigue rocks. Literally."

Q2 Music: Album of the Week - Tigue Brings Joy and Ecstatic Dance with 'Peaks'

New York Music Daily: "an imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, postrock and drone music."

Surviving the Golden Age: "a thoughtful collection presented by capable individuals who obviously have a very definite, unique style...provides a plethora of rewards for the patient listener."

I Care If You Listen: "their work truly defies categorization" - 5 Questions to TIGUE

Village Voice: "razor sharp yet totally groovin' debut...the sonic ecstasy of TIGUE's tribal-centric marathon-length jams and space-rock textures and patterns that make up Peaks radiate with Oneida and YLT-ish vibes"

The Listening Post Blog: Song of the Day - Tigue "Mouth" - "a perfect beat-driven tune"

DC Music Download: "a sonic burst of percussion-based rock shot through with rumbling bass lines and fuzzy guitars provided by guest musicians and experimental maestros in their own right, James McNew and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo."

Fingers on Blast: "epic instrumental rock jam"

Creative Loafing Tampa: "['Mouth'] walks (or drives?) the fine line between repetitive and hypnotizing with just enough tension to keep things interesting"

Stereogum: TIGUE – “Mouth” (Feat. Ira Kaplan & James McNew) (Stereogum Premiere) - "a pleasing blast of abstract art-rock" 

Tiny Mix Tapes: TIGUE - "Sitting" (excerpt)