Good Night Tiger's initials are also a delicious beverage...
‘We’re going to play a love song now,’ Jill from Goodnight Tiger told her audience one sunny afternoon. Perrin, the other half of GNT promptly chimes in, ‘people say all we write are love songs, but we really don’t ’*.
It’s a striking statement from the Perth-based duo since some people would assume their soft indie-folk must be full of love and nonsense just because the music is so pleasant. The girls from Goodnight Tiger, Jill Chrisp and Perrin Date are as enchanting and whimsical as their music, evident from the following interview.
With the help of some poetic license, Perrin shared how it all started with a love for light bulbs.
‘I (Perrin) was galloping across a glacier on my miniature unicorn Curtin when I stopped at a servo for a cornetto,’ she said.
‘There I found a girl holding a guitar who was a bit distressed because her dinosaur moon suit had run out of batteries and so, because it was dark, she couldn’t find her way home.
‘She hitched a ride with me and Curtin to Coles to pick up some light globes and along the way discovered we had similar tastes in music and ideas regarding the kind of music we’d like to create.
‘We needed some money to pay for the light bulbs so we serenaded some wealthy aristocratic tigers in a generous mood and thus Goodnight Tiger were born.’
Pretty intense stuff! But with influences from the likes of Washington and Kaki King, it’s fair to assume this creativity leeches into their writing process.
‘Kaki King actually played lapsteel on two of the songs on our EP coming out in a few months, which I still can’t really believe actually happened, given how much we both admire her as a musician and songwriter.’
‘Picking one favourite song is incredibly hard but at the moment for me (Perrin) it’s St Vincent – Strangers and Jill informs me hers is Kaki King- Spit It Back In My Mouth.
‘Our old manager once said all we write are love songs but on the contrary, 95 per cent of ours songs are either anti-love or some kind of self-questioning shindig.’
‘So I guess our inspiration, besides the desire to create something we are proud of, is just your typical life events that leave you somewhat bedraggled. We should write a happy song!’
Riding off the recent nomination of Best Newcomer at the WAMI’s last year and placing first at Ampfest, 2010 was a significant year for the girls.
As for the new decade, GNT have already been busy with their first performance at Southbound this year and their debut EP on the way.
‘We just recorded our first EP; so at the moment we’re really looking forward to releasing that. We’re also writing lots, changing direction somewhat and ditching some old songs but (we’re) very positive that the new stuff will be better.’
So what’s next for these radical ladies?
‘Hopefully more wicked-awesome fun times and sick-rad tunes. If not, jail.’
Catch these trendy ladies about town, check the website out at www.goodnighttiger.com or www.myspace.com/goodnighttiger.
*the above quote may not be 100 per cent accurate since I had drank a couple of bulmers by this point. But I think it is the exact quote.