Dan of Sledding With Tigers did a Dial session and it was a mix of interview and performance. He played new songs, just him and his guitar, and it was really raw and fun. He’s adorable and personable, and it’s cool to see him just joke around and mess around, but be really relaxed.
The story behind the band name, because it’s strange, is that he likes Calvin and Hobbes, and it was the last comic they’d ever done. I thought that was really sweet, and that had finally put an end to my wondering.
Something I love about Sledding With Tigers is Dan’s stark honesty with songwriting. In the session, he performs “Not So Body Posi After All”, a favorite song of mine. It’s just so bleak and it takes a lot of courage to write a song like that. He’s made a statement about the song, saying, “I am a fat kid. I have been fat for most of my life. I’m the kind of chubby kid where I realize I’ve lost weight only by realizing that I can fit my whole hand into a pringles can.I guess I’m the kind of chubby, where my friends will make a joke about someone’s weight, or call someone “fat,” and then realize that they’re in my company, and awkwardly apologize. They like to say things like “you’re not THAT fat, dude.””
The ending lyric of the tune is, “Today there are too many mirrors around me, and someday I hope we all break them. Someday I hope we break everything that keeps us from loving ourselves.” It’s so positive and I love it.
This entire session was really fun to watch, and I can’t wait until all of his new stuff is recorded and put up onto band camp. Be sure to check it out.