the band had to return to the original plan & play only the instrumental Film Scores set in the recent 2 or 3 shows – and it doesn’t look good for the rest of the tour, as Stuart A. Staples is suffering from Laryngitis and has lost his voice. So don’t expect a lot of old tindersticks classics being played (or sung by Stuart) – Get well soon.
from the Gateshead website: “We are sorry to report that Stuart Staples, the lead singer has laryngitis and will not be able to do the song set that was added on to the original, and largely instrumental, film set programme. The programme will therefore revert back to the original film score set only.”
freshly twittered “We’ll play a song to The Review Show on BBC 2 Friday 21 Oct @ 11pm as a 3-piece set-up, with Stuart Staples, Dan McKinna and David Boulter!”
so if you’re able to tune in into BBC2 there’s a live song for you
n.b. this one is from an old BBC session btw
Update: this performance was canceled as Stuart A. Staples is ill & has lost his voice – at the recent two gigs the band only played instrumental versions of the songs (Film Scores and regular songs). Get well soon Stuart !
Mainly this interview is on his Voice and the development of his Voice over the last decades.
“200%: Has your voice changed over the years; if yes how has it changed?
SS: It’s definitely changed and I think that’s a real kind of journey. Our third album had a kind of self awareness that I don’t think was part of the first two albums. They are kind of pure in that way. I never sung things more than once or twice, but that was because I was more excited getting behind the mixing desk to mess around with the songs. The singing then was somewhat less important than the sense of atmosphere on these records. The actual soundscape of the record was a driving force for me. It fascinated me that something you’ve written becomes a finished piece of music. It’s another world into which you step. With the album ‘Simple Pleasure’ I felt a need to concentrate on my singing and I distinctly felt that I was hitting a glass feeling. I couldn’t do what I wanted to, but I could see beyond this kind of barrier. It was a gradual process to record solo records and the second solo album ‘Leaving Songs’ was focused on producing a singer-songwriter album. It concentrated very much on my voice and words. Now, though, I think all of these things are irrelevant. Now I can feel something and I can open my mouth and I don’t worry about anything. I am close to thinking ‘It is what it is’ and I accept that. Being relaxed with something just helps me so much more.
200%: Is there any new material forthcoming either with Tindersticks or a solo album?
SS: We are currently touring England and are in the final process of mixing our new album, which will be released at the beginning of next year.”
according to this interesting interview in the Daily Post:
“Over summer Stuart, with David Boulter and Neil Fraser (co-founders of Tindersticks) plus additions Dan McKinna and Earl Harvin, will be working on a new album at Stuart’s French home studio, but it’s unlikely to be released before autumn.”
Insight into the post-Curtains time & the original band-line-up split can be found in the newly published liner notes on Can our Love & Waiting for the moon on the official websites discography.
Check it out here in full:
“tindersticks had been together for almost 10 years. Six people, all equal. Even when it wasn’t. We were a financial disaster. We were told to split the band. Make members employees; claim their wages against tax. So we split down the middle. Me, Dickon and Stuart. Mark, Al and Neil. This was supposed to help. But it just divided us.”
“The problems started during the making of “curtains” five years before. Everyone was to blame in different ways. The fact was we were bored. We’d gone from being six very strong people, pushing forward, to becoming this machine, just ticking over. It began to feel there was always one or more of us not believing, detached. … Simple Pleasure was made out of the need to change. We should have had the guts to end it there. What followed with Can Our Love and Waiting For The Moon were failures. Some wonderful music and great songs, but as whole pieces of work, they fail. And trying just wasn’t fun anymore. The magic had gone.”
Check out here this month’s edition of ‘You and the Night and the Music’ with Adrian Arratoon (also known as “aad” on the official phorum) on Different Class Radio. This episode includes at the end a long & detailed interview with tindersticks guitarist Neil Fraser.
Some interesting points about the forthcoming “film scores” live shows:
- “we are working on a new album”
- “it’s gonna be … like an hour and 20 minutes long … there are scenes of films we’ve done soundtracks for … not in a chronological order”
- “The films will be projected behind us … on a stage with the movie screen behind us”
- Who’s gonna playing live?: “Me, Stuart, Dave the original three … then Dan Mckinna, Earl Harvin … the sort-of core Five … and there’s Terry Edwards … and Andy Nice … and a violin player, called Howard.”
Neil also talks detailed about touring & playing live in the past and now. Also about the mysterious box of matches called “tender stick” which became tindersticks as band-name in the end. About the Barbican gig in 2006 and the end of the original line-up. And in the end about football, his family, musical background, music industry, Vinyl releases and other interesting things like him studying chemistry at university.
UPDATE: the setlist from Istanbul (11-04-2011)
1 Ma Soeur
2 La Passerelle
3 Les Gateaux
4 35 Rhums Opening
5 Train Montage 1
6 Friday Night
7 White Material Opening
8 Bus Vision 1
9 Children’s Theme
10 Yellow Dog
11 Trouble Every Day
12 Killing Theme
13 Maid Theme
14 Train Montage 2
15 Renes Death
16 Pusan Snow
17 Horse Dream
18 The Black Mountain
19 The Otherside of the World
20 Attack on the Pharmacy
21 White Material Closing
22 Tiny Tears