Tindersticks announce UK tour

just found this press release regarding the newly announced UK Tour 2011 here:  http://ymlp.com/zLdDBS


Tindersticks are delighted to announce UK tour dates in October, in conjunction with Music Beyond Mainstream to celebrate the band’s long awaited release of Claire Denis Film Scores 1996 – 2009. The tour will mark the first time that Tindersticks have toured the UK in over a decade, tickets will go on sale 26th April and the dates are as follows:


16 Oct – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

17 Oct – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall

18 Oct – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall

19 Oct – Basingstoke, The Anvil

22 Oct – Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre

24 Oct – York, The Barbican

25 Oct – Northampton, Royal & Derngate

26 Oct – Brighton, The Dome

28 Oct – Gateshead, The Sage


A boxed set collection featuring all 6 Claire Denis film scores, written and performed by Tindersticks over the last 15 years, will be available for the first time together on 5CD, 5x180gLP and download on Constellation Records. Released worldwide on April 26th and available for pre-order now. 4 of the 6 soundtracks have been previously unreleased including White Material. Housed in a custom window-cut slipcase, the box set also includes a 64pp perfect-bound booklet with 30pp of colour plates of film stills and an essay (in English and French) by renowned music writer Michael Hill (who has also contributed liner notes for collections by Lou Reed, Sam Cooke, The Replacements and others).

To accompany this extra special release of Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009, the band are performing a series of ambitious live concerts in cinematic settings, bringing together the music with film projections of the evocative images that inspired it. Set in motion by an invitation from the San Francisco Film Festival to perform in May 2011, the project has gathered interest and momentum and is launched with a live performance at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 26th April (19:30) in conjunction with the British Film Institute, and a special screening of Nenette et Boni at the BFI Southbank on the 27th April (18:30, NFT1), followed by an onstage Q&A with Claire Denis and Stuart A. Staples, to discuss their work together and artistic affinity.

Further performances are being scheduled across Europe in 2011.

Tindersticks have had a long and fruitful relationship with feted French film director Claire Denis.  The scores are a celebration of a meeting of minds and the band’s unique and ongoing artistic collaboration with Denis; from her award-winning Nenette et Boni (1996) to her recently acclaimed White Material (2009),  also including the beautifully observed 35 Shots of Rum (2008), the infamous Trouble Every Day (2001) and 2 solo soundtracks: Stuart A. Staples’ solo score for Denis’s lyrical and impressionistic The Intruder(2004) and Dickon Hinchliffe’s score for the sensual Vendredi Soir (2002).

The Tindersticks film scores stand faithfully alongside Claire Denis’s own critically acclaimed trajectory, in what is unarguably one of the most fertile, consistent and resonant creative relationships between a director and a group of musicians in contemporary cinema. 


“Sometime in Paris ‘95, I thought it was La Cigalle, she says it was the Bataclan, I’m not sure.

That is where we met anyway, one of those places, after a concert.

She was writing the screenplay for Nenette et Boni and something in our song ‘My Sister’ had clicked with her, she asked us if we would like to make the music for the film. We had film scoring pretensions, soundtrack music had always been a thing of David’s from when we met way back (though we could barely play, we had dreams).

It seemed the right next move for us, it fitted with the energy and flow of our band.

We had this thing about Miles Davis’ Lift to the Scaffold. Passing through Paris he stopped off at the studio with his band and recorded the score right there and then, in a day, watching the film for the first time and reacting musically.

‘Seemed like a good place to start.

I suppose the essence was there, that’s how we began, and after a few fumbling months we delivered the music for Nenette et Boni, nervously.

That’s how it all started, maybe we just got on, had some kind of understanding; we have never really talked about it. I was told she said in an interview that we understand her films before she does; maybe that’s true in some way, but I think she was just being gracious.

Approaching each film has always asked us to step into an unknown, stretch ourselves and do things we did not think we were able. At the end we always feel changed in some way. This has fed into all our other music and is a contributing factor to why we’re still struggling to catch our ideas after all these years, still frustrated and fascinated in equal measure.

Other people have asked us to score their films, but we always reached a point where we realised that the freedom and conversation Claire affords (and expects from) us is not there, and then it becomes something different, making music for a purpose (money?) – something we’re well aware we have never been very good at.” – Stuart Staples, January 2011

Full list of soundtracks and running times: WHITE MATERIAL (2009) 16 TRACKS, 37:57, 35 RHUMS (2008) 12 TRACKS, 25:40, L’INTRUS (2004) – by Stuart A. Staples 10 TRACKS, 22:58, VENDREDI SOIR (2002) – by Dickon Hinchliffe 12 TRACKS, 23:40, TROUBLE EVERY DAY (2001) 14 TRACKS, 41:11, NENETTE ET BONI


Tindersticks are available for phone and face to face interviews. Claire Denis is also available for phone interviews. … (edited)





Featuring the song “Children’s Theme” – http://vimeo.com/21659985




“Children’s Theme” – WHITE MATERIAL

http://cstrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Childrens-Theme-WHI TE-MATERIAL.mp3



http://cstrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Le-Rallye-VENDREDI- SOIR.mp3


“The Black Mountain” – L’INTRUS

http://cstrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/The-Black-Mountain- LINTRUS.mp3


“Opening” – 35 Rhums






9 tracks streaming here: http://soundcloud.com/constellation-records/sets/cst077sampler


… (edited)”



Constellation lists Tindersticks Live Concerts for the Film Events incl. Paris 28/04/2011



11.04.2011 Istanbul TR Fulya Sanat
26.04.2011 London UK Queen Elizabeth Hall
28.04.2011 Paris FR Eglise St-Eustache
30.04.2011 Los Angeles US Luckman Theater
02.05.2011 San Francisco US Castro Theater

source: website screenshot  


tindersticks will be playing also the MADE Film Festival in Umea, Sweden, on 13 May 2011.

Tickets on sale on 8 April. More info http://bit.ly/fskWji


Tindersticks announce S.F. gig details – 2nd May 2011

Tindersticks will be playing The Castro Theatre as a special event at the San Francisco International Film Festival on 2 May!

Tickets are on sale from http://www.sffs.org/tickets

Monday, May 2, 8:30 pm Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street. $25 members; $30 general public.

more details here:


“For this special event, fellow Tindersticks members David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Dan KcKinna and Earl Harvin join Staples, augmented by additional musicians on strings and brass. The full ensemble will do dramatic justice to Denis’s visionary cinema through gorgeously dark-hued music that blends subtle guitar strumming and delicate violin arpeggios with otherworldly percussion and atmospheric washes of symphonic color over which Staples croons in his inimitable baritone. “Working with Claire makes us shift our vision,” Staples has said. “We come out the other end of it and we always feel kind of changed.””



Istanbul 11.04.2011 Film Festival will see tindersticks perform

Tindersticks will be playing and debuting the new Claire Denis OST Project on this year’s Istanbul Film Festival on April 11th 2011:


“Claire Denis 1996-2009 Soundtrack / Tindersticks Concert – Music and Film’ will travel the world under the title of this particular project, the Tindersticks, the world premiere of the project 30 Istanbul Film Festival on Monday evening, April 11 at 21.00 Fulya Art Center to perform.” (via google translate)


UPDATE: an english based version:


Welcome (again)

so today i have switched-on the link from the Toplevel Domain Level to tinderbits.

The WordPress blog was until today just in technical beta-testing on a non-public URL. I deleted the uninteresting posts and left some posts that actually might find some interest here too. Although these posts have been posted on facebook/twitter earlier also.

So let’s start now again:

“… this little blog replaces the old news & guestbook section on www.tinderstick.de – actually that guestbook has crashed in the last year. This feature was not visited by tinderfans so regularly.  So it might be a good idea to totally renovate this feature with a new full featured blog (presented via a WordPress site/theme).

In Future you’ll be able to catch some small interesting tinder bits or news or other things like photos, videos, reviews or everything tindersticks-related that comes my way. I hope you’ll enjoy it. I am looking forward to your comments also.

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