On September 22 2017, Worcester will be rocked by Musicians Against Homelessness campaign. The town will host an annual gig to raise funds for Crisis, an NGO that help vulnerable people. This year yours truly are involved and our role is to bring to light and attention of general public the amazing artists who will be playing for the fundraiser. We have already profiled nth cave for this blog. It`s time to meet Lost Tiger To The Wild.
Believe us or not, we found them via Twitter when they were still under a different name around a year and half ago, we have been in the first row on their debut gig, we may have passed a word about them to a DJ or two. It was a pleasure to watch this duo grow into confident artists. Now it is a pleasure to present them on this blog.
Hear us roar
Jokingly referred to as the rock and roll version of the Thompson Twins (who were not real twins mind you!) brothers Alfie and Zack Jeavons-Fellows are on the straight way to stardom. Their sudden appearance on Worcester music scene less than a year ago was a true musical knock out. Powerful riffs, rhythmic beats combined with talent for writing songs you cannot get out of your head, proved to be a winning combination. We have caught up with the skilled duo to speak about their early success, getting noticed and their upcoming music.
You are identical twins, we are not seeing double, are we?
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: (laughing) Yes, we are identical twins; born a minute apart. I’m the older of us both.
Lost Tiger to the Wild is an interesting name for a band – half poetic and half cryptic. Can you explain where it came from?
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: We found the phrase in a book. The quote read “We have lost a tiger to the wild”. We liked the way the words worked together, so we went with ‘Lost Tiger to the Wild’. For us the name is about being free and independent.
Zac, you normally play the lead guitar and sing, while your brother Alfie is wreaking havoc behind his drum kit. However, you are known to switch places or play different instruments such as ukulele or keyboard during your performances. Is it hard to play only with your brother as a duo or do you prefer to keep it simple?
Zac Jeavons-Fellows: Playing as a duo is easier for us. We get on really well, have similar mindsets and share an approach to our music. Decision-making is much easier. And of course sorting rehearsals is simple. We are keeping it simple; it works for us at the moment.
Are you working with any other local musicians? Do you have a backing band that is supporting you on stage on special occasions?
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: Yes, we do. We’ve added a bass and lead guitarist for a recent live gig, which was really good for us because we were able to experiment with the solid guitar sound that Lost Tiger is about.
Many young bands look up to your own musical heroes such as Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, Kasabian, Oasis or Catfish and The Bottlemen and their influences can easily be heard. The music you make is hard to categorize – it is rhythmic and energetic, yet very original. What inspires you to write?
Zac Jeavons-Fellows: Song writing is all about the riff for me. The lyrics come after. I can’t really tell you where the inspiration comes from. We probably draw from blues, a bit of soul and plenty of guitar rock, although we do listen to lots of different music. Lyrics generally come from experiences – some of my own and some that I see other people going through.
BBC Introducing gave you one of the best recommendations we have seen in years. “Great guys, great melodies, great live shows, great future ahead of them”. It is not easy to impress people who listen to music for a living.
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: (laughing again) People who listen to live music for a living are our best critics. Honest feedback is what helps us drive forwards. The BBC Introducing chaps were really good to work with, funnily enough we bumped in to Andrew Marston after our Coventry University gig and we see Andy O’Hare all over the place. Good blokes.
You are represented by prestigious Coalition Talent Entertainment Agency in London, responsible for shaping careers of well-known acts such as Shoala Ama, Pixie Lott, The Wombats or Artful Dodger. How did your partnership begin?
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: Once our social media started to kick off, we found several agents were getting in touch. Rather than leap at the first offer we have received, we waited for a proven talent management team that could help push our careers on. Coalition got in touch in February, making some really positive noises so we met with them in London and soon agreed to work together. Being part of the Coalition stable gives us a chance to perform with lots of other professional artists.
We have to ask about our favourite track, Remember to Breathe. You played it at the BBC session at the Railway in Redditch to rave reviews and great compliments from the crowd. It is a powerful track with thoughtful lyrics. Tell us more about this song.
Zac Jeavons-Fellows: I have had the chorus riff for ages and loved the way it sounded with a decent fuzz pedal. Alf developed the song without lyrics a lot and it still sounds exactly the same. Coming up with lyrics to compliment the gritty sound was a struggle until I heard a bluesy song called “Remember to Breathe” written by Australian busker, Owen Campbell. It just clicked. With a little bit of tweaking, the lyrics fitted perfectly over my verse and chorus. We love it. Hope Owen will too, when he hears it.
Lost Tiger was only founded in November 2016 and you have been performing extensively ever since. Your achievements are most impressive: on 17th of May you played at the sold out CUSU Summer Ball 2017 at the legendary Coventry University Students’ Union supporting Tinie Tempah; on the 10th of June you supported Lethal Bizzle at University of Essex and recently you headlined a gig for UNCOVER sessions night in Worcester. Where are you going to play next?
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: Our next gig is the Monmouthshire Filthy Girl Mud Run After party at the beginning of September. We played the sister event in Derbyshire about a month ago which was great fun. The crowd was really up for it. Top gigs are all about the audience.
On 22nd of September you will return to Marrs Bar in Worcester to take part in Musicians Against Homelessness initiative in support of Crisis (charity combating homelessness). This nation-wide musical event is championed by Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records and manager of Primal Scream, Oasis and The Libertines. Are you preparing anything special for the night?
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: The Marrs Bar is the home of original music in Worcester so we’ll definitely be playing our own music. If everything goes well, we’re hoping to debut a couple of new tracks. We’re really pleased to be part of the event.
Outside of your musical careers, you are very keen on sports, especially rugby. You both play for Stourbridge RFC, also with great success. We hope you are not thinking about a sudden career-change.
Zac Jeavons-Fellows: No, don’t worry! We’re really into music; it’s what we really want to do.
Last but not least – the fun question. Tell us the most rock and roll thing that has happened to you so far.
Alfie Jeavons-Fellows: I think it’d be best if we keep that one to ourselves… if you ask us face to face we may answer differently.
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You can read this interview in September issue of Slap Magazine:
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If you want to see Lost Tiger to the Wild play Musicians Against Homelessness concert, tickets are a £5 and can be bought from the links below:
To find out more about MAH visit Musicians Against Homelessness on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mahgigs/
We will see you soon enough for more music,