Artist of the day: Tides of Man
It’s been quite a couple of years for Clearwater’s Tides of Man.
One of the few local bands with a real national identity — signed to Rise Records, they toured the U.S. 10 times in 2009 and 2010 — Tides of Man have released a pair of albums, Empire Theory (2009) and Dreamhouse (2010) that showcase their proggish alterntative math-rock skills. But in December 2010, they parted ways with singer Tilian Pearson — various reports say Pearson was interested in pursing the lead vocalist job with Saosin — and the band has taken a more instrumental direction ever since.
Guitarists Spencer Gill and Dan Miller have been working out new guitar riffs, with drummer Josh Gould and bassist Alan Jaye working out their parts from that. “We’ve been recording a demo of each song as we write them (which is different than we did on previous albums), which gives us the opportunity to do more preproduction and improve or get rid of songs after we listen back to them over time,” Gould said in an e-mail.
While the band’s new material (some of which you can hear here) is instrumental in nature, the band isn’t opposed to finding a singer. In fact, Tides of Man is playing a semi-reunion show on Saturday in Tampa, and they’ll be filming the show as part of a promo to find a new singer. “We have fans coming from around the states to see it,” Gould said. “We’ve kept having a singer in mind while writing most of these songs, but for this show we changed them up so that there’s more room and interesting elements for a live show. (We) will possibly release an instrumental EP in mid-2012, that is, if we don’t find a singer before then.”
Tides of Man will perform with Oceana and Goodnight Neverland at 6 p.m. Saturday at Orpheum in Ybor City. Tickets are $10-$13. Click here for details.
Tides of Man has one other interesting side project at the moment — Gill and Miller co-founded a clothing company called Squared Clothing. Saturday’s show will serve as something of a release party for Squared’s merchandise.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*