Peaks is the debut full-length album from powerhouse percussion trio TIGUE, release on November 13, 2015. 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 HERE. Additionally, 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 Garapicand 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.