Press Release: TANDM Releases ‘Sirens’ EP + Share New Music Video





TANDM - Sirens 2023 Album Artwork | Photography by Kate Dockeray | Designed by Maxine Beck Sinderby

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Photo Credit: Kate Dockeray | Artwork Design: Maxine Beck-Sinderby

(Toronto, ON – July 26, 2023) – TANDM releases Sirens today, a potent distillation of the magical individual components that comprise the Toronto duo’s masterful take on alternative pop but with a newfound polish and elevated production style. On the surface, their songs are charming in their sweet simplicity–effortlessly compelling thanks to graceful melodies, heartfelt lyricism, and syncopated synergy. But the deeper you dig, the more their music seems to transcend time, place, and even stylistic categorization. Their most engaging and enveloping output to date, the new EP delights with whimsical, substantial sounds that embody the latest chapter of TANDM’s artistic flourishing. The release show will take place in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern on August 9 with guests Alyson McNamara and Evvvie. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Stream Sirens HERE
Watch and share the music video for “Avalanche” HERE

Today, they also share a new music video, for the track “Avalanche” which looks back on the work they have done. The visuals tell the fictional story of a duo dancing on stage. When the male dancer realizes the effect his performance has on the crowd, he becomes blinded by the attention and confidence, deserting his partner in their shared choreography. The audience believes that the frustration and negative energy between the two dancers is all part of the show, and react happily to all of the moments witnessed. In the final acts of the performance, the female dancer leaves the stage, and exits the building, as the audience gives a standing ovation for the remaining male dancer. The audience throws white flowers, hinting to the imagery of an avalanche.

Sirens is the sequel to EP predecessors, Reflections, Vol. 1 and 2, marking a transition into adulthood as they explore the aftermath of teenagehood. Fans will surely relish the opportunity to dig deeper into the adept, label-defying pair of artists behind it. At its core, the tracks are intended to let listeners know they are not alone, in whatever one may be going through.
“We definitely took the opportunity to experiment with a more expansive spectrum of sounds and influences this time around,” muses vocalist/guitarist Maxine Beck-Sinderby about Sirens, with drummer Thomas Franklin adding, “It’s still TANDM at the core, but we tried to open things up a little bit and it led to some rewarding places.” As with each subsequent release before it, Sirens shows a clear maturation and musical deftness that seemingly packs a decade of experience into a few short months, putting TANDM on an unparalleled tangent to consistently higher plateaus.

The title track blasts the hope and excitement of youth, while describing independence and severing connection from one’s family. Taking reference from Greek mythology, the lyrics for “Sirens” draw from the legendary tale of Odysseus, with Beck-Sindbery explaining that “Odysseus was curious to hear the rumored singing of the Sirens, but did not wish to meet a tragic end as did the many sailors before him. Therefore, he cleverly instructed his crewmates to place beeswax in their ears, and to tie Odysseus to the ship’s mast. This way the crewmates were not bewitched by the sirens singing, and Odysseus, soon attempting to break into the ocean to be with the Sirens, was unable to free himself from the ship. Our song was not only inspired by this tale of curiosity and wit, but takes a bigger step back to re-evaluate
family bonds, and how many will overprotect their loved ones.”

Lead single “The Man in the Sea” was inspired by a poem that Beck-Sinderby had written as an
assignment when she was in high school. Born from a story by her grandmother: that what caused the ocean waves was a man with a big spoon, stirring the sea. It’s accompanied by a completely handmade, breathtaking stop motion video. “2quick2trust” responds to negative experiences, both in their career and personally, in which people have tried to steal their music, ultimately taking advantage of the band and themselves. Its video is a hand drawn comic-style story about a princess who bravely escapes a castle where she was held captive, only to have the Prince Charming knight show up in the final seconds and try to take credit for her escape and work. “Rambling” concludes the EP with a sweet, happy ending.

Sirens Tracklist:
1. The Man in the Sea
2. Sirens
3. Avalanche
4. 2quick2trust
5. Rambling

Link to hi-res press photo HERE | Credit: Kate Dockeray

The core duo of vocalist/guitarist Maxine Beck-Sinderby and drummer Thomas Franklin first met in their mid-teens and quickly united over a unique creative chemistry. As it happened, Beck-Sinderby’s band was seeking a drummer, and Franklin not only enrolled at the same high school, but started taking lessons at the same music studio.“There was this natural progress anytime we would play together,” Beck-Sinderby shares. “That eventually led to the two of us working on some of the songs I’d written, and then into actually writing originals together. It always seems like we know where we want a song or part to go, so we can bounce ideas off each other until we get it there.”

The two carried an impressive musical pedigree into their burgeoning partnership. Both are talented and formally trained multi-instrumentalists, with Franklin having studied under heralded jazz drummer Bill Ransom during his teen years in the U.S. and later with Toronto jazz scene staple Anthony Michelli upon moving to Canada. Beck-Sinderby, on the other hand, took piano, guitar, and singing lessons through her formative years and honed her skills in bedroom studios and open mics, developing a dynamic songwriting prowess well beyond her years. What’s more, she’s benefitted from the guidance of her accomplished uncles: prolific Hollywood composer Christophe Beck (Frozen, Ant-Man) and iconic pianist and polymath Jason Beck, better known to the world as Chilly Gonzales. “Having formal education in both classical and jazz has been really valuable in coming up with unique arrangements in our more pop-centric world,” Franklin offers. “The better understanding of different genres, the more of a base you have to build on when writing, regardless of the style or complexity of the material.”

TANDM dropped their debut single, “Dreamworld,” in 2018, introducing a sound defined by sparse but seductive instrumentation and Beck-Sinderby’s dulcet vocal style. Their influences are as subtle as they are diverse, weaving tinges of genre-bending modern innovators from Alvvays to Regina Spektor to even Vampire Weekend into their work. Twin EPs Reflections, Vol. 1 and 2 came next in 2019, followed by a string of increasingly impressive single releases and a breakout 2022 cover of Counting Crows’ “Accidentally in Love” that propelled them to hundreds of thousands of cross-platform streams and swarms of attention and accolades from fans and industry insiders alike.

Their stock is already soaring in Canada and Sweden, achieving festival slots and having performed alongside famed guitarist and songwriter Janne Schaffer (ABBA, Bob Marley) during one of their annual trips to the latter. Closer to home, they’ve worked with top-tier producers including Tim Abraham (Laila Biali, Royal Wood), been featured on prominent playlists from the CBC and other outlets, landed spins on SiriusXM satellite radio and high-profile sync placements in popular series, and performed live on Canada’s beloved Breakfast Television. They’ve also made names for themselves independent of their shared project, with Franklin earning a strong social following for his drum videos as TheRedHatDrummer and Beck-Sinderby drawing big audiences to her SwedishB3rry Twitch channel on a regular basis.

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