Dirty Water Records has just released Motorcycle Boy by The Legendary Tigerman.
To be honest, we don't really know that much about The Legendary Tigerman but fortunately the record company blurb is chock full of information:
Multi-instrumentalist, blues passionate, The Legendary Tigerman began a solo career in 2000. He is one of the leading artists of the new Portuguese scene, playing with the clichés of rocker macho, fascinated by the 50’s aesthetics
The video was shot by directors James F. Coton and Masato Riesser. Equal parts documentary and music video, “Motorcycle Boy” offers a raw glimpse into the slowly vanishing culture of Bōsōzoku — the motorcycle gangs that once ruled the roads of Japan back in the 90’s.
Tigerman is all about roots, the essence of things, always keeping it real, gritty and true. From 2001 to 2006 he recorded three records that established him as one of Europe’s best kept secrets, playing festivals from Japan to Brazil.
In 2009 he released “Femina”, a record about women with special guests like Asia Argento, Peaches, Lisa Kekaula, Becky Lee, Phoebe Killdeer, Cibelle, Maria de Medeiros. A year later the record was platinum in Portugal and one of the records of the year for newspapers and magazines such as Les Inrockuptibles, Rock & Folk, Telerama, El País, among many others. Sold-out shows, festivals, praise from the press. The secret was out.
In 2014, “True” sees the daylight though the light is much darker, much more complex. It’s rock & roll but with orchestras and brass and drums with truth on every corner, shape or sound coming off from this outstanding record. In the words of Lindsay Hutton, “True comprises the type of music that really has been known to save souls.” Touring extensively across Europe, Brazil, Mexico or China, The Legendary Tigerman took on the rock & roll ride full on, no more a one-man-band, now touring as an amazingly powerful trio with drums and baritone sax.
The story of The Legendary Tigerman’s awaited sixth album, “Misfit”, starts with a road movie, “How To Become Nothing”, a three-head project by Paulo Furtado, Rita Lino and Pedro Maia. In May 2016, the trio landed in Los Angeles to film a psychedelic adventure in the form of a road movie between Los Angeles and Death Valley, about the philosophically disturbed journey of a man searching to become nothing. During two weeks of travelling, Paulo “Tigerman” Furtado spent his days writing the diaries of this imaginary man, acting, while at night, in motel rooms across the California deserts, armed with a Gibson SG, he started writing the songs of “Misfit”. The album was recorded at Rancho de La Luna, Dave Catching’s legendary studio in Joshua Tree, in the heart of the Mojave Desert, and mixed and co-produced in Paris by Johnny Hostile (The Savages, John & Jehn) at Pop Noire Studios.
We recorded in a very simple and classic, yet powerfully equipped studio in the desert”, says Paulo, “and having it mixed by someone with a fresh approach to rock & punk was my original desire, and, for me, the key for recording a truly powerful, non-compromising 21st Century Rock ́n ́Roll record.”
“I wanted to create a ‘wall of sound’. By playing guitar through five different amplifiers with a wide range of effects, using drum & bass machines, and with this unique combo of heavy guitars, a low baritone sax and big fat drums, I do believe we found some rock ́n ́roll sounds that we had never heard before. In December 2016, the musicians and I headed back to the desert, for twelve days. We lived the slow desert life, between the studio, the Joshua Tree Saloon, and the Pappy and Harriets, a pub in Pioneer Town, where we went to enjoy some live music. While Dave cooked some amazing Louisiana and Tex-Mex dishes for dinner, fueled with red wine, Modelo beer and Tequila, we recorded the songs in live takes, and then built the wall of sound with overdubs.”
Paulo Furtado, on the concept and origins of “Misfit”: “I got inspired by Dave Richmond’s book How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, said Paulo, and imagined the journey of a man called Misfit who wanted to lose himself in the desert and actually become nothing. Therefore, in May 2016, me and my image crew, we headed to Los Angeles and for twelve days we travelled until we had reached our final destination; Death Valley”.
“Everyday during this journey, I would wake up at 6:30 am and write a new entry to the diary of this man,” says Paulo. “Before going to sleep, I would always try to write a song. I wanted to write songs that were influenced by the desert, by its heat, by the suffering of this quest, and by this man.“