Who Knew Le Tigre
Le Tigre are super.
by Walter Price
I’ve heard of Le Tigre, but never heard Le Tigre. Until a few days ago I had the wrong idea about this social conscious, feminists lo-fi riot-pop outfit A fantastic blend of Devo, Go-Go’s, a little Talking Heads, art collectiveness, punk and whatever else strikes their fancy. Which in turn has stuck mine. A little late to the party, but never the less.
It immediately became clear that Le Tigre has had an influence on countless acts from Tacocat to Icona Pop and beyond.. And I think especially what’s going on in San Francisco indie pop scene right now is direct evidence of Le Tigre’s legacy.
Oh, then there is the band’s ‘biography’ blurb on their Facebook page, that seems written by the band and should be an example to other bands indie or not. Write from the heart, first person narrative. This is attractive. People are wising-up to PR speak and it distracts from who you and/or the band really are.
Here is what the band posted:
“Le Tigre is not like a normal band that practices and jams to write new songs. We all sit in our apartments late at night sampling stuff off records and writing lists of ideas that we bring to our Le Tigre brainstorm sessions. The structure of our collaboration varies from song to song with each of us taking the lead on beat making, lyric writing, video editing, etc at various times. We each play all different kinds of instruments on stage and while we are recording in the studio. During our live performance Jo and JD play most of the keyboard parts, JD triggers samples with drum pads, Kathleen and Jo play most of the guitar, JD and Jo sing back-up parts and most of the talking/yelling parts, and Kathleen sings the center-stage, full-on Annie-style parts.”
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