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Tiger (Expanded Edition)

SUPERETTE

Tiger (Expanded Edition)

Flying Nun

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PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW - ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 16

“I read a review once where a guy said they played this album every day at a cafe he worked for six months, and never got sick of it.” So says Big Ross from the Bird Nest Roys in the liner notes for the deluxe reissue of Superette’s inimitable, standalone 1996 album Tiger.

Emerging from the dissolution of Jean Paul Sartre Experience in 1993, Dave Mulcahy and Greta Anderson found themselves in New York with a handful of song skeletons. Recruiting childhood friend Ben Howe back in Auckland, Superette was born. The band combined Mulcahy’s signature sound-bending guitar and melodic ear for a pop hook with Anderson’s muscular drumming, triangulated by Howe’s energising, sinewy bass and guitar lines.

One of Flying Nun’s mid-90s gems, this deluxe re-issue of Tiger features the album along with the band’s debut EP, Rosepig, b-sides from the Touch Me and Killer Clown singles plus unreleased demos from the bands’ never released, uncompleted second album – a rare delight for fans of the band’s impeccably slender back catalogue.

Produced with friend and collaborator Nick Roughan (Skeptics), who Mulcahy had worked with on JPSE’s The Size of Food, Tiger was tracked and mixed in Auckland’s York Street Studios on Auckland’s Shortland Street. The studio permits clarity in engineering; Anderson’s drums sound Albini-esque; guitars soar and chug, at times riding the knife edge of controlled chaos that Roughan has made his hallmark.

From the grunge riffs of I Got It Clean to the soft melodic hooks of Bye Bye; from the slow, melancholic verses of Felo De Se to the overdriven anthemic rock drive of Saskatchewan, Tiger is unique in its deployment of binary functions; aesthetic and thematic. Quiet/loud; soft/hard; smooth/jagged. As Big Ross notes of the band’s name itself, it’s big/small. Super-ette.

TRACKLIST:

  1. Kiss Someone 
  2. Touch Me
  3. Ugly Things
  4. Saskatchewan
  5. Bye Bye
  6. Felo De Se
  7. Cannibal
  8. I Got It Clean
  9. Taiwan
  10. Funny Weather
  11. Killer Clown
  12. Waves
  13. The Horse
  14. Slide
  15. Disappear
  16. Beetlie
  17. Catacombs
  18. Anything
  19. Blue Hair
  20. Oyster 
  21. Flow Chart 
  22. Play On 
  23. Pretty Picture
  24. Nothing (vinyl only track)

 



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