South Australian duo Siberian Tiger have release their debut EP First Dance.
To celebrate the announcement, Siberian Tiger – Bree Tranter (The Middle East) and Chris Panousakis (Timberwolf) have shared their new single and video ‘Call On Me.’
A fitting song for current times, ‘Call On Me’ is a song about camaraderie inspired by the late Bill Withers’ ‘Lean On Me’. 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.
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 Tranter & Chris Panousakis.
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.
Brad caught up with Chris from Siberian Tiger via Zoom on Arvos: