Alt-indie outfit, Tigercub, head to The Cluny, Newcastle this month so Reece Hanrahan caught up with the band to talk about their latest EP, politics, and their favourite touring moment.
You’ve just released your new EP, ‘Evolve or a Die’. That’s certainly a very bold title. What was the reason behind deciding on naming it that?
The title was a mission statement going into the studio. We wanted to make it clear that Tigercub is going to develop their sound and take risks with every release. It’s also a comment on punk rock and how conservative and obsessed with its past it’s become. I think that’s why, as a genre, it’s fallen out of relevance in the mainstream. Someone needs to innovate it or I think the genre will become a relic.
What would you say are the main differences between the new EP and your widely acclaimed debut album, ‘Abstract Figures in the Dark’?
On ‘Evolve or Die’ I think we’ve built on a lot of the thematic ideas and textures we hinted at on our first record but at the same time we consciously threw our own rule book out of the window and attempted at starting from scratch almost. We created limitations for ourselves and did things we’re not used to in the studio. We didn’t rely on the usual tricks to get songs to work and that basically meant no riffs. We used samplers and loopers, vintage synths, mellotrons and drum machines as well as ditching conventional song structures to try and find something new and exciting that we can call our own.
You’ve been quoted as saying that the process you took for writing this EP almost killed everyone involved. In your opinion, did the means justify the end?
Yeah, it was really stressful. We went into the studio off the back of a huge touring schedule without quite knowing what the outcome was going to be. We knew we were taking a leap of faith and we weren’t totally sure that what we were doing was going to work – there was no safety net. I think it was so worth it in the end though; we managed to pull off something we’re proud of under quite a lot of pressure.
What does it mean to you to be a songwriter in the current political and social climate of 2017?
The world feels like it’s about to end. Seriously, it does though, right? ‘The Divided States of Us’ is the only real social/political commentary on the EP and I was trying to comment on our political climate as a whole rather than pick a particular side and start protesting. The sentiment in that song is very true to life at the minute: it feels like what once was a political spectrum has now become 2-3 narrow schools of thought that don’t listen to each other.
Looking at your touring schedule, you’ve certainly been around this year. Is there any stand out touring moments from this year for you?
Supporting The Fall in London and Liverpool was a massive moment for us as we’re huge, huge fans and they were in big rooms. But our headline show at Think Tank? in Newcastle was a big highlight too. It was the closest thing I had to a hometown show as I grew up in Sunderland so I was really excited to get back and play a show first and foremost but we were just blown away by how rammed it was and how many people knew the songs and generally went nuts, it was incredible – we can’t wait to get back on Tuesday 24th October at The Cluny.
To purchase tickets to catch Tigercub at The Cluny, Newcastle head to thecluny.com.