The soundtrack to the last minutes before the sun rises
The Noise Tigers make a sound which you will feel instantly drawn to, anytime of the day. Their dreamy electro pop is like candy floss for the ears while their darker, more post-punk infused side is a refreshing aftertaste which will linger. Substance is Meaningless got hold of Christoph from the band to talk about the release of their recent EP Another Town (Another Version) which was released on Greek label Sonic Playground.
So first thing first, you’re a Vienna-based but recently released your EP ‘Another Town (Another Version)’ on Greek label Sonic Playground. How did that happen? Are you big in Greece?
Christoph: We’re big fans of collaboration, not just with other musicians, but also with other creatives in general. Sonic Playground is one of those great creative spaces that really spoke to us, so when they approached us about possibly collaborating on a release, we were really into that. I don’t know how particularly big we were in Greece before that, but we got a lot of really nice feedback from there since the release.
Have you done any collaborations with musicians in the past, do you have any plans to collab in the future?
We recently worked with our friend Monsterheart on our track ’Fell For You’, which was a lot of fun. We’re going to continue collaborating with more people in the future, of course. At the moment we’re working on some remixes and guest vocals for other musicians.
How would you describe your music in ten words?
The soundtrack to the last minutes before the sun rises – or if that’s not obnoxious enough: Music that Steve Zissou would listen to when getting high.
You have recently released the extremely well-made “Another Town (Another Version) EP- What was the inspiration behind it? What were you trying to achieve with the release?
We released our debut EP ‘Waking Up’ in March, which includes the song ‘Another Town’, which was sort of the single of that EP and we realized it had a lot of potential for different arrangements and possible alternate mixes. So out of that ‘Another Town (Another Version)’ was born, which to us isn’t really a remix, but more like a completely different version of the song which evokes completely different emotions. We still kind of think about releasing an entire EP consisting only of alternate versions of ‘Another Town’, by us as well as other musicians. But for now, it was just a really nice track to put it out there alongside a music video for people to check out. The second song on the EP, ‘In Your Eyes’, is like a counterpart to that first track, much faster, a bit noisier and dirtier. So together the two songs represent our musical pendulum at the moment, which swings from very electronic soundscapes to more guitar-based, post-punk influenced tracks.
The Noise Tigers are based in Vienna, where is your favourite place to play a gig? Will we be getting the chance to see you live in the near future?
Transporter in the 5th district is kind of our home turf and we love to do stuff there. It’s a really great space with great people that gives you a lot of opportunities to do cool things. About future gigs: We might be making a few announcements about that soon, so stay tuned.
What do you think makes Transporter such a cult hub for Viennese culture and artists? What is about the place? What does it have/ offer that others don’t?
Transporter is brilliant at supporting the underground art scene of this city and takes it very seriously. The crowd that hangs out there is great as well, lots of friendly people that are easy to get along with. The central location also helps. Plus there’s a weekly ping pong night.
So where exactly do you intend to be when the robot apocalypse does finally come?
Ha, probably on a beach somewhere, so we can take shelter from the robots in the water. Unless there will be waterproof robots, in which case we’re all doomed! But that might be the case anyway.
“Transporter is brilliant at supporting the underground art scene of this city”
You make shoe-gaze music of the highest calibre. Do you find it easier to convey the emotion and feeling of this kind of music live or through recording?
That’s quite difficult to say. On one hand, it’s really nice to fine-tune every single sound so you get just the right fuzziness and the right warmth. To just sit in the studio listening to the same loop over and over again until certain melodies and harmonies are just being washed out of you. On the other hand, there’s something really awesome about the randomness of live sounds, where stuff can just kind of happen and you might create something great by accident. But still, gazey music somehow creates a very personal environment, so it might have a bigger impact when listening to a recording.
What are your musical influences and how long have you been making music?
We’ve both been making music since we were little children, but we travelled through a lot of different genres before we got to the Noise Tigers. And even now we feel like our style might just change again any minute and we’ll be doing something completely different. At the moment, for instance, we’re really into heavy arpeggios and distorted vocals, so that might be a predominant thing on our future releases. As for musical influences, we listen to a lot of different bands like Nine Inch Nails, Slowdive, Grimes or The Smiths. Also, chiptune music and 8-bit sounds from classic video games. That stuff often makes its way onto our tracks.
Where does the band name come from?
It kind of came to us in a dream…
What are the 3 essential things you personally need to have with you/around you before you start writing/recording a song?
Some kind of recording device is great, cause otherwise you have a great idea and then just forget about it. And that can be extremely frustrating. A guitar for the noisy bits and the random inspiration of jamming. And a nice synth for more structured melodies.
What do like to do when you’re not making music?
We love to make videos and create artwork. We like to do all that stuff ourselves rather than outsource it – record our own music videos, design our own album covers, etc… We play Animal Crossing for inspiration. We also like to watch documentaries. They don’t even have to be about music. The other day we watched one about the font Helvetica and that was really inspiring. It was called ‘Helvetica’, in case you were wondering.
One gig you are looking forward to in Autumn/ One gig that people have to go to this autumn
The Raveonettes are coming to town again in October, which is super awesome. We are currently listening to their new album Pe’ahi and really enjoying it. More info on the gig in WUK on Teenbeat Club Concerts.
How would you describe the Austrian music scene at the moment? Are there any bands out there which you think should be getting more attention than they currently are?
Austria’s music scene is awesome! The creative scene in this country, musicians – but also artists, organizers, DJs or bloggers – realize more and more that they don’t need the old gatekeepers of the past to make their voice and creative vision heard. The fact that the scene is still a manageable size makes it fun to network, meet up and discuss creative ideas. Especially in Vienna. There have been a few really great releases this year already: Monsterheart’s album ‘W’ is awesome. And the song ‘The Man Who’ by Chronic City. Kreisky’s ‘Pipelines’ video is probably the music video of the year, for its sheer surreal brilliance.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We’re in the midst of collecting ideas for more music videos. Apart from that we’re working on a full-length album, but we’ll probably take our time with that. If your readers have any suggestions for other good font documentaries, we’d appreciate them. We might also play a couple of gigs later in the year but we’ll be announcing more on that front soon