Tiger Army

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Tiger Army is a psychobilly band that was formed in 1995 in San Francisco, California.

Band members


The band played their first show at legendary venue 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California, on March 29, 1996. After making a name for themselves playing shows throughout the California area with AFI and English psychobilly pioneers, The Meteors, they were picked up by Chapter Eleven Records.

Tiger Army first entered the studio in the summer of 1996 to record a self-titled vinyl record EP, now referred to as the Temptation EP. This EP fell into the hands of Tim Armstrong, owner of Hellcat Records, who signed the band. Tiger Army recorded their first self-titled full-length, Tiger Army, in January 1997. It was released that October. Stand-up bassist and founding member Joel Day had left the band prior to being signed, so the Quakes stand-up bassist Rob Peltier was hired to play on the album.

During the ensuing California mini-tour promoting the album, Nick 13 asked Geoff Kresge, one of his former bandmates from his first band, Influence 13, to play stand-up bass with them. Kresge accepted, and joined as a permanent member a few months later. The band was asked to play on the Danzig and Samhain tour in 2000, where they befriended Samhain drummer London May. He joined the band when Adam Carson left.

The band recorded a second album, Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite in 2001. London May left shortly after the recording, and was replaced with Fred Hell.

On March 10, 2003, Fred Hell was shot four times by armed robbers who broke into his friend's apartment in Chino, California. A bullet became lodged in his brain, making it necessary for him to go through physical therapy before he could play drums again. He was unable to play on Tiger Army's upcoming album, Tiger Army III: Ghost Tigers Rise due to his injuries, forcing the band to use a studio drummer.