Update: All shows cancelled due to illness – Tindersticks add a 4 night / 6 show block at SOHO Theatre London in Feb.2012

now all shows have been officially canceled for 2012.
There might be plans for 2013 for a similar event, but we will see then.

but nethertheless a 2012 summer festival date has been confirmed now for Londo:

Somerset House on 15th July 2012



from the SOHO Theatre:

“Unfortunately this week’s shows will not be going ahead as Stuart (singer) has laryngitis.

tindersticks are sad to announce that they have been forced to postpone their 4 nights of shows in London’s Soho Theatre due to a highly unlikely recurrence of Stuart Staples’ laryngitis.

We are currently working closely with the band to reschedule the events as soon as possible and will be in touch with more information as soon as we have it. Updates will be featured on our website

For refunds please contact the box office on 0207 478 0100 or if you wanted to stay on the lists and be rebooked to another upcoming tinderstick show, we can keep your order.

Kind regards,

Soho Theatre”



freshly in, from the official press release (http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/?p=3239):

tindersticks are excited to announce a four night residency in the intimate surroundings of Soho Theatre in Dean Street, London, to celebrate the release of their new album, the something rain (Lucky Dog).

The four special shows will take place in the 150 capacity Main House from Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 February 2012. In addition, there will be two special late night acoustic shows in the Theatre’s cabaret space, Soho Downstairs, on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February. The band will be playing songs from their new album and, who knows, maybe some live favourites, too.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 21 December at 10am and are available from:

Tel. 020 7478 0100

Tickets for the Main House shows are priced at £25 and for Soho Downstairs tickets are £15. A limited number of tickets are available for both shows on the Friday and Saturday nights at £35.

This special run of shows takes place in the first week of release of tindersticks’ new album, the something rain, which is released on their own Lucky Dog label on 20 February 2012.”

Trouble every day: Current UK Tour suffers from Stuart A. Staples illness

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.

Neil Fraser speaks in an interview about the Film Scores Boxset, Upcoming Live Concerts and more historical things

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
23 Rumba


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 Records gives details on the Tindersticks film scores box set


source: website screenshot

source: website screenshot

Here are the official packaging notes on this:

The Tindersticks soundtracks set features 190 minutes of music across 5 CDs or 180gLPs.

Each disc is housed in 350gsm/18pt duotone print sleeves with silver spot inks (and silver varnished interiors for the CD wallets), inserted into a foil-embossed double-wall slip box with custom die-cut window, made from 550gsm/25pt all-black brushed-finish uncoated board.  All using 100% recycled papers.

Also includes a 64pp perfect-bound booklet with extensive colour film still reproductions and an essay by Michael Hill (in English and translated to French).


5×180gLP edition includes an additional 12″x12″ art card and 12″x24″ poster – limited to 1000 copies.