Tiger Army, The Early Years EP

To be fair, every band has growing pains. They struggle to find a sound that works, and maybe even more difficult, to find a personality that will sell. On The Early Years EP, it’s obvious Tiger Army were struggling. Torn between the sense of humour shown on Jungle Cat (“Out looking for a tigress/in fishnet stockings and a rockin’ dress”) and the punk cliche of F.T.W. (stands for Fuck The World), Tiger Army hadn’t decided whether they were willing to play with conventions or just slave to them. In the years that followed, Nick 13 would drop the rest of the band, join Hellcat Records, and help define the American Psychobilly sound. True fans will probably want to hear this, but as Nick himself puts it, “I don’t think it’s on the same level as what came later.”

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