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Tiger Army


Nick 13: Vocals, Guitar
Jeff Roffredo - Stand-up bass
James Meza - Drums

Former members:
Geoff Kresge: Stand-up Bass (now in Horrorpops)
Adam Carson (AFI)
Fred Hell - Drums

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7th Aug 2009
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6th Jun 2009
Hootenanny 2008 with Mike Ness and Tiger Army
25th Jun 2008
Tiger Army on tour in Australia and Japan
2nd Mar 2008
Kresge Returns to Tiger Army
16th Jan 2008
Tiger Army on tour in the US 2007
19th Aug 2007
Vote for Tiger Army in the Yahoo competition!
17th Jul 2007
Pictures of Tiger Army at the Melkweg in Amsterdam on 27-4-2007
28th Apr 2007

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The History: A deceptively simple description of the psychobilly style could also be applied to Tiger Army itself: a musical m?lange of punk aggression and fifties rockabilly twang, with an infusion of the macabre. If you think you've heard it before, don't be so sure. The band's sound is dark and brooding without being cartoonish; aggressive and energetic without being dissonant; beautifully melodic without being saccharine. Most importantly, it's a sound all their own. The band embraces the psychobilly tag, even as they redefine the genre with a level of songwriting that somehow accomplishes the seemingly contradictory task of stretching the style's limits while remaining true to its roots. Their spectrum of fans includes everyone from diehard psychobilly loyalists to those who've never heard of the genre, as well as representatives from just about every rock'n'roll subculture one can imagine.
Formed in California's East Bay in 1996, Tiger Army's founder and sole original member Nick 13 faced numerous difficulties in finding dedicated members interested in committing full-time to playing a style of music which was then almost completely unknown in the U.S. underground. He circumvented this problem by "borrowing" members from friends' bands for however many gigs or recording sessions they were available for before going back on the road with their respective bands. Through this "better-than-nothing" approach 13 was able to record a demo (later to be issued as the Early Years EP) that made its way into the hands of Rancid frontman and Hellcat Records co-founder Tim Armstrong, who was impressed enough to sign the young songwriter, despite his lack of a band.

After the Autumn 1999 release of Tiger Army's self-titled debut album (recorded with a studio line-up that included old friend and first Tiger Army drummer Adam Carson of AFI), the pieces of a permanent lineup began to fall into place. First came the invaluable addition of Geoff Kresge in late '99 (Kresge dove headfirst into the process of mastering the stand-up bass after departing from AFI where he'd played electric bass for two albums and several years). Kresge and Nick 13 (along with Jade Puget, later of AFI) were alumni of seminal early-nineties Ukiah, CA punk band Influence 13. Drummer Fred Hell first played with Tiger Army in the summer of 2001, shortly after the release of the band's second studio full-length, Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite, thus completing the long-hoped-for lineup of band members who shared Nick's dedication.

The band toured relentlessly the second half 2001 and the entirety of 2002 crisscrossing North America numerous times with bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Reverend Horton Heat, The Damned and many more as Tiger Army built its following show by show. Headlining portions of Hellcat's first "Punks vs. Psychos" tour, a stint on the 2002 Warped Tour, a tour of Japan, multiple trips to Europe and slots on various psychobilly festivals rounded out the band's live experience as they racked up hundreds of shows during this time, while their ever-growing following in their adopted home of Southern California allowed them to sell out increasingly large venues there.

Website: Tiger Army

Tiger Army - American Nightmare
Tiger Army - Annabel Lee
Tiger Army - Cupid?s Victim
Tiger Army - Devil Girl
Tiger Army - F.T.W.
Tiger Army - Ghostfire
Tiger Army - Grey dawn breaking
Tiger Army - In the Orchard
Tiger Army - Incorporeal
Tiger Army - Last Night
Tiger Army - Moonlite Dreams
Tiger Army - Never die
Tiger Army - Nocturnal
Tiger Army - Outlaw Heart
Tiger Army - Power of moonlite
Tiger Army - Remembered forever
Tiger Army - Trance

Tiger Army - Cupid's Army
Tiger Army - Cupid's Victim
Tiger Army - In the orchard
Tiger Army - Never Die
Tiger Army - Nocturnal
Tiger Army - Nocturnal
Tiger Army - Outlaw Heart
Tiger Army - Power of moonlight
Tiger Army - Prelude: Nightfall
Tiger Army - Through the Darkness

Tiger Army - Nocturnal (MP3)

Early Years EP (CD, Hellcat)
II Power Of Moonlite (CD, Hellcat)
Tiger Army (CD, Hellcat)
II:Power Of Moonlite (LP, Hellcat)
III: Ghost Tiger Rise (CD, Hellcat)

Tiger Army - III: Ghost Tigers Rise
Tiger Army - II Power of Moonlight
Tiger Army - Self Titled


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