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by The Tickle

Four guys, a dozen instruments and a cyber front woman - that recipe comprises The Tickle, an instrumental band from Fayetteville, Ark., whose music touches on rock, jazz, pop, electronica and even classical.
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1. Tadpole and His Big Stinky Feet
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2. Fever Machine
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3. Worms to Battlestations
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4. Swing Teen
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5. I Sing the Body Electric
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6. (The Flava of) Rancho Cucamonga
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7. Our Faculties Seemed Numb
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8. Stop Jammin'
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9. What If We Met in the 80s?
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10. Ye Olde Thro Up Cuppe
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11. Returning to Indian Country, We Were Startled by the Chemtrails
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Album Notes
Four guys, a dozen instruments and a cyber front woman - that recipe comprises The Tickle, an instrumental band from Fayetteville, Ark., whose music touches on rock, jazz, pop, electronica and even classical.

For three years, The Tickle has used traditional rock instrumentation to craft its style of music, but interspersed with and often times tying the songs together is the computer-generated (and surprisingly sultry) voice of Crystal, the band's significant other.

Like other bands, guitar, bass and piano arrangements put to rhythm lay the foundation of the music. What separates the quartet's catalog from others is the members' willingness to explore an array of time signatures, dynamics, chord structures and arrangements.

"The music The Tickle is making is like nothing I have ever heard before ... The music has a strange effect because it's soothing and energizing simultaneously," music writer Genevieve Threat stated in the June 20, 2002, Fayetteville Free Weekly.

Drummer Andy Dyer holds the reigns to Crystal and is credited with planting the initial seeds that created the group. Following the break-up of his former band, Figure Five, Dyer invited guitarist Aaron Aldridge and keyboardist Drew Terry, both from the defunct Les Pouchee, to play.

Similar musical backgrounds translated to instant chemistry, but the trio lacked an anchor. Within months Terry's roommate, Chris Wilson, sat in on a couple of rehearsals and by February 2002 The Tickle was officially launched.

"Specific Ocean" (the first album)
After several months playing together and developing tracks, the band traveled to Atlanta to record at Zero Return Studios, an all-analog studio owned and operated by members of Man or Astroman? The session resulted in The Tickle's debut album - "Specific Ocean" - released January 2003 on the band's own label, Big Radius Records.

Accolades and Originality
The Northwest Arkansas Music Awards recognized the band's hard work by nominating "Specific Ocean" as one of the Albums of the Year in 2003. The band also received nominations that year for Best New Band and Alternative Band of the Year by the NAMAs.

In 2004, the public voted The Tickle as Alternative Band of the Year during the awards show, and the band found itself among the five finalists for Band of the Year.
The band's music has also been featured on local and regional college, public and commercial radio stations.

In addition to headlining their own shows, The Tickle has shared the stage with such bands as Aqueduct, Drums & Tuba, Timothy Prudhomme of Fuck, The Gloria Record, The Voodoo Organist and That 1 Guy. All the while, they have formed a stable of fans who appreciate the originality and "rockability" of their songs.

Dyer, Aldridge, Terry and Wilson, all classically trained musicians, use an assortment of instruments when writing songs. Trumpets, samples and drum loops are regularly layered into the core sound of drums, guitar, bass and keyboards.

Their efforts to concoct original sounds and refrain from imitating other musical acts also landed the band a nomination as the Most Creative Band of 2004 by the Ozark Music Awards.

The abilities of Aldridge, Dyer, Terry and Wilson create the atmosphere, but it's Crystal's words that lend the songs their meanings, or at least tie them to a title.

"IfihadahifI" (the new album)
Crystal once again serves as the glue on The Tickle's latest project, the highly anticipated, 14-track "IfihadahifI," though in a more limited role than in the past.

The album was recorded Oct. 22-25, 2004 at Deep Ellum Recording Studio in Dallas with the help of Craig Smith.

After being mastered at Big Radius Sound Concern, the group will release the album April 30.

To support the release, The Tickle will be playing a slew of local and regional dates throughout the spring and summer.



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The Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX)

Experimental, yet surprisingly accessible.
On Ifihadahifi, The Tickle throw standard song structures and time signatures out the window ... But for all the experimental and electronic elements, there’s an underlying pop sensibility to their tunes.

Brandon Gillihan

Walking on shoes?
Unbelievable beats, chops, riffs, slams, chimes, and rhythms make this album amazing. Not only does The Tickle make me giggle with anticipation for that next change of direction in their music, but IfihadahifI makes me reflect on my life and what it truly means. Without lyrics, you truly hear some beautiful rock and masterpieces that are bound to show up on the next big indie film. Tadpole Pete and his big stinky feet, with which the album starts, is a great way to begin an alternative space rock journey into the future of the album. Each and every sound is distinct in it's own way and no one measure is exactly the same. IfihadahifI is great for people with brilliant minds who like great music and who wear shoes! So my brilliant friends, I request of you to give this album a listen and you too will be wearing shoes.

Willy B Morrison

Great listen, originality prevails, buy now !!
I found this CD to be a great purchase. I'm into many similar bands, but this disc seems to stand out. Great recording / production with loads of originality. Wouldn't want compare this disk with other bands... You make up your own mind. But, one band that pops into my head is Tortoise. I'm only giving it a 4 start rating because I'm leaving my 5 star rating for the new Zoso album due out in 2006. I was a little dissapointed Crystal wasn't mentioned in the liner notes, but maybe I missed it... Definitely worth a listen. Peace

Ryan Powers

The Tickle has outdone themselves!
This is a great album from start to finish. And the finish just may be the climax of the whole thing. No need to flip to your favorite track. Just pop in the cd and enjoy the ride. The songflow and interludes are superb. Crystal only appears so often, but she is keeping quiet because the music speaks for itself. The Tickle is no longer 4 great musicians, but an animated musical entity.