Drip Audio // 2007

Fond of Tigers’ second album, Release the Saviours is an ambitious and focused synthesis of mathy freakouts, off-kilter jazz, ambient sound sculpture, abstract improvisation, and a rare feel for making music that is both challenging and highly listenable. Much of the ecstatic intensity on Release the Saviours comes from the group’s self-immolating interest in unusual rhythmic and melodic structure, as well as instrumental arrangements that are the sonic equivalent of roller derby and jai-alai played simultaneously in a racquetball court. But even when some parts sound like the band has split into teams and angrily squared off against each other, the attentive listener is rewarded—after some suspense—as the parts come do at last come together, the music as joyful as it is visceral.

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


“…prog, post-rock, or jazz — whatever you want to call this, it rarely sounds this pretty, this expressive, this emotional, this bracing.”
– CokeMachineGlow

“…a beacon of hope in a year plagued by an excess of dull music.”
– Tiny Mix Tapes

“There’s a kaleidoscope of pleasure to be had following Fond Of Tigers plot their course.”
– Wire

“…a rare treat in todays pre-fab pop scene.”
– The Province

“…surely one of Canada’s loudest bands in any genre…”
– Eye Weekly (**** Stars)

“…Release The Saviours ups the ante on the aggressive two drum kit-powered prog of their first album …”
– Exclaim! Magazine

“…unmolested chaos.”
– Now Magazine (**** Stars)

“…Release the Saviours is a must for 2008.”
– All Music Guide