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.
Next month he will kick off another European tour behind his latest album "MIsfit" which was released last year to widespread critical acclaim. "We're starting the tour in UK -- we're gonna hit London soon", says Paulo Furtado. "Then we're coming back to France, Germany, and Switzerland to finish off the month. Then we go back in Spain in May. We're gonna keep playing all over UK and Europe this year. The record is out in the rest of Europe and in South America and in the US too."
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 traveling, 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 Parisby 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."
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 18.104.22.168's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.