The band explained the decision on their tumblr feed...
"Just over a year ago, Tiger Please began writing our debut album after being together since 2008.We decided that we wanted to write an album based on real-life stories and experiences requested and received from fans and friends across the country. It seemed such a simple idea at the time, but soon it spiralled into something which has taken over our lives.
When we started Tiger Please back in 2008, we were just 5 guys hoping to write some good music and inspire people the way that our favourite bands inspired us; but mainly we just wanted to have a good time. We’ve achieved many things as a band that we are very proud of, and gained many loyal fans who have inspired us to be the band we are today - but taking on the task of the album has become something bigger than just the 5 of us.
We are now representing the stories of other people, and it has become our responsibility to capture the emotions that they’ve been through, in the hope of helping others who may be going through the same situations. The people that have welcomed us into their lives have made us laugh, cry, and inspired us with their life stories. They have also put their trust in our hands, which has meant so much to us.
This responsibility has forced us to grow as people and musicians , and we no longer feel that we can tell these stories under the name of ‘Tiger Please’.
This brings us to the announcement that we shall no longer be carrying on under the name ‘Tiger Please’, but we will be continuing this journey - as ‘the People the Poet’.
It’s sad to part with a name which we’ve seen so much success with, but we hope you will understand why we felt it was the right time for the change. This is more than just a simple change of a name - it is a tribute to the people who have trusted us with their stories, our fans.A band would be nothing without the people who turn up to the shows or listen to their music, and OUR songs would be nothing without the experiences in YOUR lives which are written in song or poem.A lot of bands say ‘our band would be nothing without our fans’.In our case - that is literally true.These songs are your stories.You are our band.
The band has also grown beyond the 5 of us, musically and instrumentally.During this year of writing and demoing the record, we’ve had the privilege of having some amazing musicians contribute their talents to our songs/your stories.We’re very blessed to have these people as part of our record and our live shows - and we can’t wait for you to meet them.
Our last shows as Tiger Please/first shows as ‘the People the Poet’ will be :
24th London Lexington
25th Bridgend Hobos
We’re also delighted to announce that our first tour as ‘the People the Poet’ will be as support to Charlie Simpson on his UK Headline Tour at the following dates and venues:
24th Birmingham Academy 2
25th Liverpool Academy
27th Sheffield Academy 2
28th Newcastle University
30th Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
31st Dundee Fat Sams
If you’d like to hear what the future holds then please visit www.facebook.com/thepeoplethepoet where we will be hosting 2 new tracks :
‘Sing’ which we recorded with the awesome Gil Norton (Foo Fighters/Jimmy Eat World/Counting Crows) back last Summer.
‘Being Human’ (which some of you Tiger Please fans will remember as an album demo) - This track is also available as a FREE DOWNLOAD
For an in-depth description of both songs, including the actual emails and stories that inspired the tracks please visit http://thepeoplethepoet.tumblr.com/
We would like to sincerely thank everyone that has supported Tiger Please and helped us achieve more than we ever imagined, and we hope that you continue to support the People the Poet through this New Year and beyond
the People the Poet"
Needless to say we at the Sunday Rockshow will continue to support the boys as their new career continues.