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There are many advantages to being in a family band. Firstly, being on tour seems more like a family holiday than being at work.
Secondly, you don’t get homesick as you’re constantly surrounded by family.
Thirdly – and probably most importantly – you can say to each other what you’re really thinking.
‘‘We have our little bitch fights but then it’s all good,’’ says Tigertown vocalist Charlie.
‘‘You can say what you want because they’re family. But we all respect each other musically.’’
The six-piece indie pop band has been together for just over a year and formed after various band break-ups brought the families together.
At the nucleus is Charlie and husband Chris. Charlie’s brother Kurt is on drums and her sister Crystal is also a vocalist and plays mandolins. Chris’ brother Alexi is on keyboards and his sister Elodie on bass.
Charlie says she and Chris pen most of the lyrics and the rest of the group throw together the music to create the finished product.
‘‘We even wrote songs on our honeymoon,’’ Charlie admits with a laugh. The band’s greatest influence is Fleetwood Mac and they aspire to write similar timeless classics.
Somehow the husband and wife’s different tastes seem to fuse seamlessly for the Tigertown sound.
‘‘Chris is more inspired by Michael Jackson, the Killers and David Bowie, while I’m into Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams and Patsy Cline,’’ Charlie, who grew up in rural western NSW, says.
‘‘Chris is such a melody man and I’m more about the story-telling.’’
The result of the musical balance is rich vocal harmonies and colourful percussion.
Tigertown’s last visit to Wollongong was when they supported indie rockers Art of Sleeping in August. ‘‘Nothing beats getting up on stage and seeing people get in touch with our music,’’ Charlie says.