SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘CONTROL’
DEBUT ALBUM ‘ABSTRACT FIGURES IN THE DARK’ OUT NOVEMBER 11TH VIA ALCOPOP RECORDS
“One of Brighton’s most promising up-and-coming bands.” CRACK
“A voice dripping with feeling.” The Guardian
“Ask any band circuiting Brighton’s venues and forging their own rep from the seaside – they’ll cite Tigercub as the glue to the scene.” DIY
Prior to the release of their anticipated debut album this Friday, Brighton based noise-rockers Tigercub have shared their brand new single ‘Control’.
The band’s Jamie Hall explains: “I was born out of the wreckage of a failed marriage. I am my own first world problem. I grew up with abnormalities both physically and mentally in an ex-mining town in northern England and it’s simultaneously my biggest regret and my glowing pride. Everyone is telling me this won’t work but I just don’t care anymore… It’s about swallowing your bile and saying absolutely nothing even though you know it’s rotting you away from the inside. Constantly held hostage by over thinking and second guessing, I’m riding the stairway to apathy and I want to get off now.”
This record wears that awareness like a reflection from a broken mirror. “Straddling ignorance and apathy of the absolute mess in and around our heads – and the uncontrollable urge to stand up and scream about it” says drummer James Allix. Tigercub, a band sonically known for capturing an organic sound within a room, have taken strides forward to push the walls of their comfort zone; AFITD sees the band experimenting with drum loops, the addition of synths and even a full choir.
Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Alex Newport (At The Drive In, Death Cab for Cutie, Melvins, Pissed Jeans) at Brighton Electric Studios and mastered by John Greenham (Death Grips, Weaves), the highly anticipated debut album follows Tigercub’s widely acclaimed EP, Repressed Semantics. The much-loved EP was released via VENN Records last year, and lead track, ‘Pictures Of You,’ saw praise from the likes of Annie Mac and Daniel P. Carter on their respective BBC Radio 1 shows, as well as Radio X, Amazing Radio, The Guardian, NME, Crack, DIY and more.
Tigercub spent their formative years touring, fine-tuning their now renowned raucous live show and sharing the bill with acts such as Dilly Dally, Royal Blood, Vant, Blood Red Shoes and The Bronx. The band have nearly performed in every tour-able city the United Kingdom has to offer. January 2017 will see Tigercub perform alongside The Fall, Hookworms & Kagoule, with plenty of exciting announcements to follow.
The Brighton based trio, Jamie Hall (lead vocals and guitar), Jimi Wheelwright (backing vocals and bass) and James Allix (drums) formed in 2013, playing a slew of shows and garnering the attention of Tom Dalgety and Ben Hampson, who produced a handful of songs (‘Centrefold’, ‘Blue Blood’, ‘Trendsetter’, ‘Little Rope’).
In December 2014, Tigercub released Centrefold 7” (via Blood Red Shoes’ label, Jazz Life) and received critical acclaim from the likes of NME, Clash Music and BBC Radio 1 declaring, “this is the start of something.” Fan Mike Kerr of Royal Blood included Tigercub as his ‘Band Crush’ in NME.
The title of this unmissable album hints at Jamie Hall’s intense lyrical themes that are ultimately an enormous part of what makes AFITD such a strong debut. The juxtaposition of heavy, brash and assured instrumentation with the consuming vulnerability of Jamie’s lyrics results in a powerful collision of sound and words.
Jamie says: “Abstract Figures in the Dark is the soundtrack as we pass through the event horizon and float helplessly toward the blackhole…we are all Schrodinger’s Cat, trapped between life and death, trapped between physical and digital, trapped between paradigms trying to find meaning in a world our parents already destroyed. Waiting desperately to be observed so that our fate can be decided. God is dead and we’ve been left to dwell in our own personal paradox.
“I was born out of the wreckage of a failed marriage. I am my own first world problem. I grew up with abnormalities both physically and mentally in an ex-mining town in northern England and it’s simultaneously my biggest regret and my glowing pride.
“We’re so fucking bored of rock music and scared that punk is becoming its own version of conservatism. It just doesn’t feel relevant anymore. We wanted to make a record for the 21st Century. This album marks the start of our journey outside the box. Don’t get me started on politics.”
Can You Hear Me (Interlude)
Up In Smoke
The Golden Ratio
Abstract Figures In The Dark
09 Nov: Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11 Nov: Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
12 Nov: Glasgow, UK – The Garage (Attic)
14 Nov: Leicester, UK – Cookie
15 Nov: Norwich , UK – Epic Studios
16 Nov: London, UK – Electrowerkz
17 Nov: Exeter, UK – Cavern
18 Nov: Southampton, UK – Joiners
21 Liverpool, UK – Arts Club^
28 Jan: London, UK – Kentish Town Forum**
*w/ Youth Man
^w/ The Fall, Eagulls, Hookworms
**w/ The Fall, Future Of The Left, Hookworms, Goat Girl
Full details HERE.