The Hungry Saw
We have been huge fans of the group from the beginning, and are thrilled to be able to make The Hungry Saw available in North America (the album came out in Europe in April 2008 via Beggars Banquet). This wonderful collection of new tunes by founding Tindersticks members Stuart Staples, David Boulter and Neil Fraser (along with a large cast of additional players) and has already received a warm welcome and broad critical acclaim on the other side of the pond – it would’ve been a bit of a cryin’ shame for this album to fall short of our stormy shores, in our humble opinion.
Staunch republicans that we are, we’ll avoid references to “musical royalty” provided by the Beggars Banquet PR department. However, we’ll readily agree that there is something masterful, authoritative, wise, world-weary and maybe even a bit regal about the Tindersticks sound – elements that are all in full and fine effect on the new album. But if the band wears capes, they nicked them, threw them around in the dirt some, and have since subjected them to many a wine stain and cigarette burn. Their crowns are homemade from scavenged metals, held together with wire and twine.
The Hungry Saw is a true return to form for the band, after a five year hiatus. Since that time, front-man Stuart Staples relocated to France and built his own Chien Chanceux recording studio, where the new album was made (co-recorded and mixed by Staples himself). Original members Staples, Boulter and Fraser were augmented by the rhythm section of Tim Belhom (drums) and Dan Mckinna (bass), and this five-piece also forms the core of the Tindersticks touring line-up (currently performing in Europe to rave reviews). A long list of guest players was also included in the sessions, and the record – while cloaked in the inimitably beautiful, tempered melancholy and delicate irony that has marked the band’s past ouevre – also bristles with renewed energy, focus, expermentation and yes, even playfulness. A welcome return by one of the most interesting and literate English bands of the last two decades.