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      October 1, 2019

      Tuesday   7:00 PM

      1811 14th St. NW
      Washington, District of Columbia 20009

      Tiger Army

      with Sadgirl, Kate Clover
      Due out Sept. 13, 2019, Retrofuture is the bands sixth full-length (their second on Luna-tone / Rise Records) it arrives a full two decades after their first album.Produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old CrowMedicine Show, Lucero), the LPs concept is elaborated on byfrontman Nick 13: Retrofuturism is generally a visual aesthetic, but it got me thinking, its the perfect description for our sound! The gear and instruments are mostly 1950s and 60s, but while the tones may be classic, weve always tried to push into uncharted territory musically with each release. So the idea behind this record was tocreate our version of what someone might imagine future rock n roll sounding like, but from the perspective of the mid-20th century.Brimming with vintage fuzz, tape echo and reverb, the albums thirteen tracks weave stylistically through vintage punk, garage and rock n roll, while still maintaining a curious modernity as influences from Latin music to surf shoot through like satellites in the night sky.Present as always are the bands signature melodicism and 13s ethereal vocals. The band will embark on the Retrofuture Tour in September, with dates through the end of 2019 taking them across the United States, Canada, Europe, UK and Mexico. Fellow Angelenos, SadGirlwill support in the States, with Finnish post-punks, Grave Pleasures supporting in Europe and the UK.Retrofuture follows last summers Dark Paradise EP, the title track being the trios take on the Lana Del Rey song. The EP drew on mid-century surf and exotica music, while the visuals reflected a love of Tiki subculture. The single received airplay on KROQ in Los Angeles and various specialty radio stations around the country. The release was supported solely by two sold out shows at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, as the rest of the year was reserved for writing what would become the new LP.Tiger Army started in 1996 in Berkeley, California playingtheir first show at seminal DIY venue 924 Gilman. A trio with electric guitar, stand-up bass and drums led by singer, guitarist and songwriter Nick 13, the bands sound is a unique blend of punk and mid-century rock n roll, with an emphasis on songwriting and melody. The band has called Los Angeles home for the majority of its existence, since 2000. Their live sets have to be experienced, taking the audience on a journey from high-impact stompers to atmospheric ballads, drawing as much at times on Monument-era Roy Orbison as The Ramones.Tiger Armys first four records were released on Hellcat /Epitaph Records, starting with their self-titled debut in 1999. Heavy touring began shortly after and continued through the end of 2008, when the band wrapped up the worldwide cycle for their fourth record, Music From Regions Beyond, produced by the legendary Jerry Finn. Throughout the years, they shared stages with notable artists like Morrissey and Social Distortion. While the album yielded the single Forever Fades Away and saw their highest visibility withfavorable reviews in publications like the New York Times and national TV appearances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, theyve always been outsiders to the mainstream, with authenticity the only priority.The bands adherents are closer to members of a movementthan fans, with hundreds of tattoos existing related to Tiger Army's lyrics, song titles or signature "Tiger" logo. The number of these is more likely in the thousands, and lest one think thats hyperbole it isnt.In 2009, Tiger Army slowed down as Nick 13 embarked on asolo career playing Americana music, releasing and touring a self-titled album on Sugar Hill Records in 2011. Perhaps unexpected to those who hadnt paid close attention to the roots music underpinnings of the bands sound, the frontman played festivals such as Stagecoach and Austin City Limits, while his videos were played on country music video stations like CMT and GAC. Tiger Army played only a few gigs a year during this period, including Octoberflame, a multi-night SoCal festival curated by 13 that had itsninth year in 2017.After spending years searching for the next creative evolution in the bands sound, 13 found inspiration in early 60s American and British rock n roll the transitional and experimental period after the genres first wave, but before the new decade became musically codified. The era spoke to 13s whats next sensibility and in 2015 Tiger Army recorded the album that would become V (Rise / Luna-tone), beginning a tour cycle with its release the following yearthat lasted twenty-two months; taking them all over North America, Europe and Australia which included headlining shows, as well as doing select dates with Frank Turner, a co-headlining run with Murder By Death and performing on two episodes of NBCs Last Call with Carson Daly. The cycle also saw the band embark on their first-ever South American tour, where audiences reached a fever pitch for songs like the Spanish language Hechizo de Amor.tigerarmy.comFacebook, Twitter, Instagram: @tigerarmy

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