Tiger Army II - Power Of Moonlite
Nick 13: Vocals, Guitar
Geoff Kresge: Stand-up Bass
London May: Drums
With their sophomore release, Tiger Army delivers 13 all-new tracks of dark, aggressive American Psychobilly -- where a rumbling stand-up bass crashes head-on into haunting melody in an explosion of nocturnal power.
Drawing on disparate musical and literary influences from Sun Records in the 1950's to the writing of Edgar Allan Poe, passion and an embrace of darkness both literal and figurative are the common threads running through songwriter, producer and frontman Nick 13's latest creation, Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite. Aided by longtime friend Geoff Kresge (ex-AFI) on stand-up bass and the legendary London May (Samhain, Son of Sam) on drums, the new album is already hailed by many as besting their well-received debut; it further refines and expands the Tiger Army sound -- inspired by the fury of punk, the wild energy of 1950's rockabilly and the band's unique take on the underground psychobilly of Europe.
The album was recorded at Grandmaster Studios in Hollywood and the Bay Area's Art of Ears, where friends such as AFI's Davey Havok and Rancid's Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman dropped by to make guest appearances. Power of Moonlite has different hues like the night sky -- from the goth-tinged aggression of "When Night Comes Down" to the brooding country ballad "In the Orchard," the hybrid sound the band has created is so infectious that it's been simultaneously embraced by both diehard psychobilly fanatics and those who've never even heard of the style.
Formed at the end of 1995, Tiger Army played their first gig in March of the following year at the now-legendary 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley with AFI. Though troubled by difficulty in finding a permanent drummer, the band still managed to make a name for themselves gigging around the Bay Area, even playing a show with England's infamous psychobilly pioneers the Meteors.
In the summer of '96, the band entered the studio for the first time; from these sessions came both the material for their first release (a vinyl 45 issued in early 1997) and the demo that eventually made its way into the hands of Tim Armstrong. When Tim called Nick 13 to express his interest in having Tiger Army sign to his label Hellcat Records in the spring of '97, Nick was thrilled but had to explain that he had no lineup in the wake of the recent departure of the band's first stand-up bassist. Undeterred, Armstrong took a chance on Nick's songwriting ability and in January '99, Tiger Army entered the studio to begin work on their self-titled Hellcat debut.
For the first album, Nick 13 took the producer's chair as well as vocal and guitar duties, enlisting the skills of Rob Peltier, bass slapper for seminal American psychobilly band the Quakes, as well as longtime friend Adam Carson of AFI on drums, who'd played many of the band's early gigs. With the schedules and geographical distance of the musicians involved, it was to be a studio-only lineup.
When the time came to promote the record Nick called Geoff Kresge, who'd been honing his stand-up bass skills since his departure from AFI. The two had been bandmates for almost two years in the early nineties in Nick's first band, Influence 13 (which also featured Jade Puget, now of AFI). The California mini-tour that they did to promote the release of the first album in late '99 with friend Joe Fish (ex-Fury 66, Creep Division) on drums led to Geoff joining the band as a permanent member a few months later.
When hanging out with AFI on their tour with Danzig and the legendary horrorpunk/goth outfit Samhain, Nick 13 renewed his acquaintanceship with Samhain drummer London May, whom he'd met a few years previous. One copy of the Tiger Army cd later, plans were made to play together when Nick 13 moved to Southern California from the East Bay. Play they did and the lineup was complete. By the spring of 2000, Kresge and 13 had relocated from their respective homes to Los Angeles, the band's new home base.
Since that time, the new lineup has established a reputation for fiery live sets that hit as hard as the first record if not harder -- playing with such renowned bands as Social Distortion, X, the Polecats (with Boz Boorer), T.S.O.L., Nekromantix and AFI. The large and diverse following that has gathered around the band includes psychos, punks, greasers, skins, hardcore kids, goths and other nonconformists, and their loyalty has enabled them to headline their own sold-out shows at venues like Orange County's Galaxy Theatre and Hollywood's Troubadour. As the band says, anyone who relates to or appreciates their music is part of the Tiger Army.
In the time immediately prior to and after the album's release, the band has a flurry of activity planned which includes various dates with the Amazing Crowns in the Western U.S., a tour of Japan, and more U.S. dates heading across the country to the East Coast with the legendary punk/deathrockers T.S.O.L. Don't miss seeing Tiger Army live when they come to a town near you!
For more information, please visit the band's official website at: www.tigerarmy.com
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