Sometime last summer, Lily and the Tigers decided to record their third studio album. They chose a studio far outside of town, gassed up the car, and packed it full of instruments… then threw in some tents and camping gear, too.
For a week, the band tracked songs in a Vermont studio during the day and camped under the stars at night. It was cheaper than renting a hotel, but for a band that specializes in ramshackle, flea-bitten folk songs, it was also a stylistic move. The Hand You Deal Yourself is the product of that week spent in the New England wilderness. It’s a raw, ragged campfire album, full of guitars that twang and drums that clang. On the title track, you can almost hear the summer wind whistle through the maple trees. READ MORE