Drip Audio // 2010

Continent & Western–simultaneously more experimental and more accessible than previous Fond of Tigers releases–shows the band honing its unique blend of avant-garde textures and post-rock structures while expanding its range to include vocals and additional members. Toronto’s Sandro Perri (Constellation Records) lends vocals and lyrics to “Vitamin Meathawk”, while Swedish experimenter Mats Gustafsson brings his intense saxophone and electronics push to “Grandad”. Bandleader Stephen Lyons also takes the microphone for the lush, unhurried closing track, “Upheaval”.

Winner of Juno Award in 2011 in Instrumental Category.

BAND MEMBERS: Stephen Lyons (Guitar), Morgan McDonald (Piano), JP Carter (Trumpet), Skye Brooks (Drums), Dan Gaucher (Drums) Jesse Zubot (Violin) and Shanto Battacharya (Bass).

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CONNECTION // JP Carter and Jesse Zubot have played with Dan Mangan since 2010


“…there is something in Continent & Western that immediately grabs you and refuses to let go, something both instantly accessible and completely out of this world.”
– Vancouver Sun

“And then I listened to Continent & Western. And then I was happy and had hope for the future and for my son.”
– Forest Gospel

“…this avant-pop combo is as much pop as it is avant, and there’s always enough structure to these songs to keep the playing, even at its edgiest, from careering into cacophony.”
– The Globe and Mail

“Vancouver’s Fond of Tigers keep ideas flowing at a good clip on their masterful third full-length album.”
– NOW Magazine

“Without question, five years of music from Vancouver’s Fond of Tigers has proven that descriptions of their sound are next to impossible and essentially pointless… When it comes to Continent & Western however, the reward is in the total experience. The moments of serenity and tradition spliced into collages of chaos and urgency are as captivating as they are conflicting and certainly better heard than read. ”
– Herohill

““Continent & Western” fuses rock, no wave and, well, fusion, into a wild, improvisational, hot groove that almost never stops.”
– Foxy Digitalis

“That Continent & Western manages to fit song structures and experimental improv into its forty-six minutes and still sound like the work of one band says something about its range.”
– Textura

“It will keep you very interested.”
– See Magazine

“The band has never had a better sounding recording, with each player’s contribution clear in the mix and this means you can really appreciate the complexity of what the musicians achieve in this constantly amazing project.”
– The Province

“…a beautifully sprawling disc.”
– The Georgia Straight

“FOND OF TIGERS almost possesses the power to make “jazz/rock” not such a heinous and unsavory genre…”
– Montreal Mirror

“Fond Of Tigers vacillate between minimal washes of sound and gales of loudness that incorporate jazz, rock, European classical and electronic accents in grand, sweeping ways.”
– Exclaim!