This Life, This Life

Austin Music Minute

This Life, This Life

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013

All it takes is one listen, and you’ll know immediately. Denatured (2013) by Real Live Tigers creeps up a bit, but listen closely and you’ll find it’s a soul-shredder. They truly are, in the band’s own words, sad country songs; love gone wrong, broken lives and the struggle to continue onward, an absolute hopelessness – and it’s as lovely and as painful as can be.

Songwriter Tony Presley began Real Live Tigers back in 2004, and has been telling these tales ever since with a sort of quiet beauty that makes way for the rather powerful emotions erupting within. In particular on Denatured, there’s an aching tone throughout that cuts you to the core: “Back then I tore and burned the leaves for proof of power in my body/but it was in my choice,” Presley sings in “If I Was Someone You Could Love.” “It’s good to have a voice in something/like I was something to hear…”

Be sure to see Real Live Tigers play Tuesday night at The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Rd. Songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Steve Arceri and singer/songwriter Lee Jaster round out this great triple bill. The music begins at 8 p.m. Recommended.