the debut full-length album from the powerhouse percussion trio, featuring 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
"a pleasing blast of abstract art-rock"
"epic instrumental rock jam"
"a perfect beat-driven tune"
New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce the release of Peaks, the debut full-length album from powerhouse percussion trio TIGUE. Out today digitally and on CD and 2xLP formats, the record 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). In anticipation for the album, TIGUE released the single "Mouth" featuring Ira Kaplan and James McNew of Yo La Tengo, via Stereogum, which acclaimed it as "a pleasing blast of abstract art-rock." Additionally, the single was praised as an "epic instrumental rock jam" by Fingers on Blast, and The Listening Post Blog called it "a perfect beat-driven tune." Creative Loafing Tampa also wrote that "Mouth" "walks (or drives?) the fine line between repetitive and hypnotizing with just enough tension to keep things interesting."
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.