Le Tigre Members Tour Behind New Project
Le Tigre remains "on a long hiatus," says band member JD Samson, but that hasn't stopped her from teaming up with the group's Johanna Fateman for DJ-based project Men, which launches a month-long clubLe Tigre remains "on a long hiatus," says band member JD Samson, but that hasn't stopped her from teaming up with the group's Johanna Fateman for DJ-based project Men, which launches a month-long club tour tomorrow (Feb. 20) at Nectar in Seattle.
Men reunites Samson and Fateman following the release of Le Tigre's 2004 major label debut "This Island" (Strummer/Universal), which has moved 90,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"We were kind of burned out after the tour promoting 'This Island,'" Samson tells Billboard.com. "Everyone wanted to do their own thing -- Johanna opened a salon, Kathleen (Hanna) went back to school and I was on tour with Peaches for a year."
After Le Tigre decided to take a break, Samson began DJing in clubs around the world as an income supplement. In the spring of 2007, Le Tigre was invited to DJ at the opening of WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Hanna, who fronts the group, couldn't appear because of school obligations, but Samson and Fateman jumped at the opportunity.
"As time went on, we kept DJing together and talking about writing original material that lent itself more to the club atmosphere," Samson says. "One day I just texted Johanna and said, 'I'm ready, let's make a record.'"
For now, the two artists only have a handful of new songs written, which will be tested on the road and released online as singles on their MySpace profile. "We've talked a lot about what we're going to do in terms of putting out new music and whether or not it makes sense for us to make a record or just put out singles," she says. "Right now I think we're just going to leak two tracks."
Samson says the material is in the "same realm as the Le Tigre world," but relies less on guitars and more on a dance vibe. "We've been really influenced by what's going on these past couple of years, in terms of the DJ dance movement," she says, citing such acts as Justice, MSTRKRFT and Ed Banger.
Samson and Fateman won't be playing any Le Tigre tunes on their upcoming trek -- which wraps in mid-March with a handful of South by Southwest shows -- but concertgoers can expect to hear remixes and mash-ups of the group's songs. "We'll also be taking requests," Samson says. "We're not shy about playing popular music at all."
On the Le Tigre front, Samson says there aren't any plans for the act to record or perform together any time soon, but a live CD/DVD is in the works. "We ended up taping our whole year of performances from the 'This Island' tour," she says. "We're excited to go through that stuff and come up with something we can put out."