Part Time Records and Remote Control are thrilled to announce Siberian Tiger will release their debut EP First Dance on Friday 14 August.
To celebrate the announcement, Siberian Tiger – Bree Tranter (The Middle East) and Chris Panousakis (Timberwolf) have shared their new single and video ‘Call On Me.’
A fitting song for current times, ‘Call On Me’ is a song about camaraderie inspired by the late Bill Withers’ ‘Lean On Me’. A moody, slow burner that is a warm hand of gratitude placed upon the shoulder of the person that you can count on at any hour, even when you are worlds apart.
As the band describe ‘Call On Me is a song dedicated to your ride or die. The one person you could call in the darker hours. When there is no one else you count on in your moment of desperation, your safe person.”
Bree says of the video ‘Chris and I live down the road from this old RSL, the Henley Sailing Club and we always saw lights upstairs on a Friday night and wondered what goes on there. We looked them up online and saw these beautiful photos of the ‘Southern-Cross Tango’ dancers that danced every Friday at the club. We thought that would be such a beautiful idea for a music clip, friends swaying together by the sea side. ‘Call on Me’ is a song about friendship and calling on your friend in need and we feel dancing is such a beautiful depiction of this, so we called up our friend Nick Mckk (Julia Jacklin, Stella Donnelly) to help us capture the perfect moments of dancing between friends while we sang them this anthem of loyalty.’
What started as a cathartic ritual soon began to take shape in the quiet moments that punctuate the life of a touring musician – in the back of the tour bus, in airports and hotel lobbies, between long-distance calls, and in the still of their seaside home. Siberian Tiger’s debut release became a true labour of love for partners in life and in music, Bree Tranter & Chris Panousakis.
For Chris the past few years have seen him fluctuate between his solo project Timberwolf and time spent on the road as Matt Corby’s guitarist, a welcome overlap with Bree, who is also a longstanding member of the band. Bree’s focus was equally on the return of her band – international indie darlings – The Middle East, who played a series of highly-anticipated concerts including two sold out nights at the Sydney Opera House. Sprawled across the globe, the pair found comfort in slowly assembling their debut self-produced EP First Dance however possible. Sometimes together, often apart, yet always making up for lost time in their home studio on the South Australian coastline. Their debut single ‘Plane Spotting’, released in August 2019 suggested a gentle and uncomplicated yearning for a simple existence– “all I want to do is sit next to you and watch planes, all night all day, roll cigarettes and float away.”
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