10 Questions with Tiger Army
Founded by vocalist/guitarist Nick 13 in 1996, California’s Tiger Army brought a ‘50s flair to its first show at the famed punk venue 924 Gilman Street and went on to become one of the most revered psychobilly bands of a generation.
In May, 2016 Tiger Army released its fifth album, V •••, its first album since its critically-acclaimed 2007 record Music From Regions Beyond. Taking inspiration from American culture of the early 20th century, the record offers a mix of crooning pop, punk, vintage rock ‘n’ roll, and a hint of desert twang that shifts away from the grit that laced the band’s previous releases for a sound that sparkles like a newly-polished ‘57 Chevy and highlights Nick 13’s vocal abilities and songwriting chops more than ever.
What is the first album you ever purchased?
I think it was either Shout At The Devil by Mötley Crüe, or Seven and The Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran.
Name one band that changed your life. How?
The Ramones. I lived in a small town with few people who liked punk and fewer people who played instruments, so a lot of my early learning guitar revolved around playing along to their records. Their music was incredibly cool, but the guitar parts weren’t so complicated that I felt like I could never play them.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
The Replacements on their “Don’t Tell A Soul” Tour. My first full-on punk show was The Ramones about a month later.
What was the last concert you attended (that was not your own)?
What is your favorite tour snack?
Barbecue, that is if I’m in Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, or the Carolinas (which our drummer dubbed “The Barbecue Belt”).
What is one book we should read?
Ask The Dust by John Fante.
Tell us your best festival survival tip.
Don’t leave backstage. This might be hard at Riot Fest, because there are actually bands I want to see.
If you were running for president during this election, what would be the top item on your platform?
It would be cool to get music education back in schools. But also, the human race is doomed, so fuck it.
Imagine the world is ending at midnight. What are your plans for the rest of the day?
Pizza, sex, ice cream, petting cats. Not all at once.
What is the best song ever written?
“In Dreams,” by Roy Orbison. I couldn’t really pick just one, but it’s on the short list.