By Heather Adamson
VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s Fond of Tigers have resurfaced with an offering that continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of composition. For a band who has never begun the creative process with the end result predetermined, their new album Uninhabit showcases an ever-evolving soundscape shaped by the communal capacity of the band’s seven musicians, whose shared experience and familiarity over time are apparent within the complexities of the music they create.
“The group of people that I play and work with are all extraordinarily genuine in their pursuit,” shares band founder Stephen Lyons. “We have always been on the fringes of the industry side of making music and feel hopelessly out of touch with that.”
This insulating process was somewhat challenged when their last album, Continent & Western, won a Juno award for Instrumental Album of the Year in 2011. The win came as a surprise to the band who had already entered a time of hiatus as multiple members were moving to Toronto and experiencing other touring opportunities. The timing didn’t allow for a “seizing the moment” type of response, although Lyons admits they would not have known how to act in that way if it had.
“It would have been smart if we had used that as a momentum tool, but I can’t see how it would have helped in terms of our creative approach. I have a lot of mixed feelings about it, including frustration to have that happen and then not do anything as a group for a long time, but nothing was worth doing at the expense of what we had.”
Fast forward to present day and the release of Uninhabit, an album that breaks away from their historical approach of substantial layering in a concerted effort to remain in one emotional space for longer intervals, although intentionally interrupted.
“I wanted to get into a groove and then have those feelings get disrupted and derailed and then feel them come back,” explains Lyons.
This commitment to the process of producing something of artistic sustenance has continued to bridge the divide of listeners drawn to Fond of Tigers over the last decade and a half and will propel them to the next incarnation that awaits.
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