Siberian Tiger – the South Australian duo of Bree Tranter (The Middle East) and Chris Panousakis (Timberwolf) – today release their debut EP First Dance via Part Time Records.
What started as a cathartic ritual soon began to take shape in the quiet moments that punctuate the life of a touring musician – in the back of the tour bus, in airports and hotel lobbies, between long-distance calls, and in the still of their seaside home. Siberian Tiger’s debut release became a true labour of love for partners in life and in music, Bree & Chris.
For Chris the past few years have seen him fluctuate between his solo project Timberwolf and time spent on the road as Matt Corby’s guitarist, a welcome overlap with Bree, who is also a longstanding member of the band. Bree’s focus was equally on the return of her band – international indie darlings – The Middle East, who played a series of highly-anticipated concerts including two sold out nights at the Sydney Opera House.
Sprawled across the globe, the pair found comfort in slowly assembling their debut self-produced EP First Dance however possible. Sometimes together, often apart, yet always making up for lost time in their home studio on the South Australian coastline.
Their debut single ‘Plane Spotting’, released in August 2019 suggested a gentle and uncomplicated yearning for a simple existence– “all I want to do is sit next to you and watch planes, all night all day, roll cigarettes and float away.”
Second single ‘Call On Me’ aims to highlight the importance of camaraderie. A moody, slow burner that is a warm hand of gratitude placed upon the shoulder of the person that you can count on at any hour, even when you are worlds apart.
It is not lost on them that with the world currently in flux and their former lifestyle on pause, there may not be many planes to watch, but there is plenty of time between songs to watch the grass grow longer.
Listen / Download Siberian Tiger – First Dance.