Tindersticks is a rock band from Nottingham, England. Their sound is characterised by a synthesis of orchestral backing, lounge jazz, and soul; the lush orchestrations of multi-instrumentalist Dickon Hinchliffe and the smoky baritone of lead vocalist Stuart Staples are the band's hallmarks. Tindersticks have employed electric guitars, as most rock bands have done, but augment their instrumentation with a wide array of instruments: Rhodes piano, glockenspiel, vibraphone, violin, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, bassoon, Hammond organ and many more are prominently utilised in the music of Tindersticks. The band has a fanatical following in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, although the eclectic and unique sound Tindersticks possesses understandably never made significant inroads in the mainstream.
The band formed officially in late 1991 out of The Asphalt Ribbons and started releasing demo-tapes in 1992, before they were signed by Tippy Toe Records for the first single "Patchwork".