By Lisa Booth
So - Who are Tiger Army?
With their last album - "Music From Regions Beyond" by
Hellcat Records, which was released in 2007 has been mentioned by many
as "The band's most distinguished work yet"!
I found the album a good mixture of music genre, and blends,
fast, hard, raw, and even some rockabilly folk punk, its a mix of pure
blending sounds for any ear, & the band are totally awesome,.
I was hooked by Tiger Army by
listening to one song of theirs called "Atomic" which
was off a compilation punk mix album, it then inspired me to look up
their eps, The band, & history, which was fascinating,
This is where i found their last album "Music From Regions Beyond" with
1) Prelude: Signal Return
3) Afterworld 4) Forever Fades Away
5) Ghosts of Memory
8) As the Cold Rain Falls
9) Hechizo de Amor
10) Spring Forward
11) Where the Moss Slowly Grows
Now, this major album gave the band some pure fan followers. When
returning to the main stage at Warped Tour 2007 they burst the seams,
which had created their popularity to expand their fan base worldwide,
so in 2008, Tiger Army played
a number of shows in the US, Canada, Australia, Japan and Europe
The depths and struggles this band has gone through today, gives them a
strong wave of perseverance and confidence that would have destroyed
most bands in todays day and age,
With Members shot, Many band member changes, and the
stresses the history evolves in itself, having todays current members
as: Nick 13 - lead
vocals, lead guitar, songwriter from 1996 - present)
Geoff Kresge -
stand-up bass, backing vocals joined the band in 1999 - 2004, and re
joined in 2008 - present
James Meza -
drums, percussion joined in 2004 - present)
In early 1996, they played their first show with longtime friends AFI,
borrowing their drummer Adam Carson for their set, at the legendary 924
Gilman in Berkeley,CA where bands such as Green Day, AFI and Rancid got
their start, following on with regular local shows, creating a huge fan
base & following, they then went on to the studio in the summer
of 1996 to record a self-titled vinyl EP, now referred to as the Temptation EP.
This caught the eye of Rancid's / Hellcat Records Tim Armstrong, who
then contacted Nick 13 and
asked him to record an album!
Tiger Army then
recorded their first full length self-titled Tiger Army, in January 1999.
The bassist Joel Day left Tiger Army before
the band was signed, so the Quakes bassist Rob Peltier was
hired to play on the album.
They then recorded a second album, Power of Moonlite in
2001. where London May left
shortly after the recording, and was replaced with Fred Hell.
On March 10,2003, Fred Hell was
shot four times, once in the head, by armed robbers A bullet became
lodged in his brain, putting his life in pause mode, having to go
through intense therapy before he could ever play drums again. whilst
the band were in the processes of recording Ghost
The record was repeatedly delayed to make time for Fred to
recover enough to perform, but his injuries proved serious enough to
regrettably not be able to carry on and in July 2004 he resigned his
position from the band,. In regret in which this is what tempted the
band to hire Mike Fasano, whom was a drum
tech for both Rancid and Tiger Army, he was then invited to play on the
album for its completion.
which followed onto more bad news for the band where in September 2004, Geoff Kresge quit
the band to focus his efforts on his new record label, Dead Body
Records He then joined his wife Kamilla Vanilla with Horrorpops as a
guitarist a month later.
Nick 13 quickly
announced a new line-up for Tiger Army, featuring drummer
"Wasted" James Meza giving
you todays band memebers Nick 13 Geoff Kresge, James Meza,
LISA BOOTH ~ MUSIC FANBIZ
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