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After eighteen months of solid gigging around Sydney, Tiger & the Rogues are finally heading into the recording studio. They’ll be releasing their first album in late 2013 and plan to issue a limited edition of vinyl records of their debut album as well.
Tiger & the Rogues have settled into a band line-up that works. The chemistry between the members is palpable and when they hit the stage, their presence and ability to add improvised jams gives an edge to their already well-crafted songs and musicianship.
Inspired by Keith Richards, Lou O’Connor is gifted song-writer and compelling chanteuse who’s bought sexy back to rhythm guitar. Ed Pearson’s musical proficiency holds the band’s sound together with his forceful yet effortless competency; Amos Branch plays lead guitar with more than a shot of brooding Chicago in his delivery; while Nathan Clinen uses his Rickenbacker bass to add a pumped-up blues/rock rhythm to the band’s sound.
In 2012, Tiger & the Rogues were finalists in the Music Oz Awards (Rock/Blues) and Lou’s song Trouble Maker was a finalist in the 2012 Australian Songwriting Awards.
Like the Black Keys, Raconteurs and Rolling Stones, Tiger & the Rogues pay homage to a time-honoured genre that continues to thrive and stay relevant. Playing predominantly original songs by Lou Tiger O’Connor, the band has earned their chops playing many of Sydney’s premier music venues including Notes Newtown, the Factory, Metro/Lair and the Annandale Hotel as support band to headline acts; plus they’ve played many of Sydney’s regular venues including the Bridge Hotel, Fitzroy Hotel Windsor, Forbes Hotel, Gaelic Club, Lansdowne Hotel, Lewisham Hotel, Manning Bar, Sandringham Hotel and the Valve Bar Tempe as well as a 3,000-strong crowd at the ANZAC Day races, Bathurst.