Tiger Army will return to Australia for the first time in eight years, having released their first studio album in nine years.
Known for their distinctive “psychobilly” style, as well as the crooning vocals of frontman Nick 13, Tiger Army made a name for themselves by going against current trends.
Their fifth studio album V •••– ended the hiatus for the Californian act, which saw Nick 13 spend time working on his solo project.
“Part of me doesn’t quite don’t know quite where the time went; we did the last Tiger Army record in 2007 and I did the solo album in 2011,” Nick 13 says.
“The new Tiger Army album didn’t come out until 2016, even though we spent most of 2015 recording it.”
The main goal for the new record was to continue the evolution of their sound, which is the goal on every record they make.
Having accomplished that with the recording of Regions, the band needed time away to find new inspiration.
“I kind of achieved what I set out to do in the studio with Regions, the fourth Tiger Army record,” Nick 13 says.
“It took me quite a while to find what the inspiration was going to be and what the evolution was going to be for the next phase.”
Nick 13 says Australia is one his favourite places to tour and the band would always receive a warm welcome by their fans from down under.
However, the music scene changes drastically in 5-10 years – young fans grow up and move on with their lives.
There’s always some apprehension over whether a band can contain the same sort of passion with such a long break, but their return has been positive thus far.
“Our third time down there, but our first time in eight years so it will be interesting to see how things have changed,” Nick 13 says.
“The audiences have always been great to us down there, the only thing I don’t like is the plane ride because of how long it takes haha.”
The social and political climate has changed over that same time, but Nick 13 says the bands timeless approach to music means they don’t need to be topically relevant.
“As far as where I’m coming from personally and where our music is coming from, I’m interested in things that are more timeless,” Nick 13 says.
“There are bands and artists that speak on the times, the way The Clash did, but that winds up being like an old newspaper that loses its relevance.”
“The bands that I’ve always been drawn to have a timeless quality, songs are about the human condition and what it’s like to be alive.”
Getting their vintage sound requires a lot of cool vintage gear – old guitars, amps, effects, recording consoles and tape machines.
“It’s funny because whether you’re talking about The Smiths or a hard rock band like Led Zeppelin, everyone has always used vintage gear because it’s never really beaten what was made in the ‘50s and ‘60s,” Nick 13 says.
Reliance on vintage gear has helped carve their unique sound, but it’s one that Nick 13 says is still timeless.
“It’s always been a blessing and a curse, there’s no other band in my opinion that sounds like Tiger Army and I think that’s a good thing,” Nick 13 says.
“It’s difficult to explain, categorise or market because it draws on a lot of traditions of the past when it comes to rock n roll.”
“It’s also something new and doesn’t sound like a record from the 1960s, it sounds like something that could’ve been made in the current day.”
Tiger Army will head to Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Grab your tickets HERE.