We caught up with Jamie from Tigercub to talk touring, bad hangovers and how it feels to finally release an album after 5 years of being in a band.
Tigercub could possibly be one of the hardest working independent bands in the music, they released their debut album ‘Abstract Figures in the Dark’ at the end of last year, and since have had pretty much a non stop touring schedule, going everywhere, from Amsterdam, to London, and back again.
You’ve very recently just got off a UK tour? How was it?
Yeah, we were supporting a band called Black Peaks on their UK run, and got back yesterday.
It was awesome, it was really amazing to play with those guys, we’ve got a lot of respect and love for Blackpeaks and what they do, they smashed it and we got a chance to play infront of their crowd, so it was a lot of fun, but it was pretty brutual, our management and our agent liked to book us shows on ours days off, so we’d get super tired at the end of tour, but it’s fine.
How are you feeling after it? Was it a heavy tour in that sense or was it not too bad?
Yeah, we did like 11 shows and had like one day off, not that I’m complaining or anything, it’s what we want to be doing, we want to be working, and obviously we all like to get drunk and stuff, so it’s not like we’re working hard or anything, we’re just like hungover, so it’s my own fault really, I should just cheer up.
You’re off on tour again next week. No rest for the wicked then?
No, firstly I told our agent I want to be in a serious mental condition by the end of this year, because we just put our first album out, so we just want to work it and tour and just be everywhere this year, and try and grow our band as much as we can, and touring is the best way we can do that, so we’re happy to tour. We’re headlining our own tour in Europe, starting the 16th February, and we’re going everywhere
What countries are you going to?
We’re starting in Amsterdam, which is smart and then we’re going to Germany, a couple of dates there, we’ve got a nice amount of fans over there, that we’re looking foreword to playing to, and then we’re going to go to Italy and then back down to Paris, and then we’ve got two weeks off and then we’re going to the studio again, and back on tour at the end of March, just non stop.
How’s it been releasing an album, what’s it like having your record in the shops?
It’s been amazing, we’ve had our EPs, and past singles get stocked in independent shops, and it’s always a big thrill to go into a record shop (and see our records…) – I went into a record shop in Berlin and our record was in there, and it was really cool to see that, our record was sitting there waiting to be sold, so yeah, it’s a pretty amazing feeling, but like you genuinely just get so busy with everything, cause usually touring, and doing interviews and stuff, and all the things you’ve got to do to promote the record, it’s easy to lose site of where you actually at and not take it in, so yeah it’s really amazing to release an album, I’m so glad we finally got to release one,
So once it was released were you looking at the reviews and looking online to see what people thought or was it you just put it out there and then was straight on tour or just weren’t bothered what the reception was, you just wanted to see how it was live?
Yeah, so I think we were about three weeks into our tour when it came out, and you get emails from reviewers and stuff, and they review your record well, cause obviously they wouldn’t be sending you the reviews if they were bad, but yeah, we got nearly all positive feedback from the people that reviewed it, and for an indie band we sold quite a lot of copies in our first week, so we were all really pleased with how it went. We’re not expecting to sell 50,000 copies of the record cause we’re just a small band, but it seems that when people like Tigercub they tend to go headfirst and get really obsessive about it, so it was just nice to see it making people happy and stuff.
Has the album launch helped with touring, so for example you mentioned you have a headline tour starting on the 16th, did you find that the tour is selling better?
Totally, yeah, loads of people take us way more seriously now, once you’ve got a record out you’re a bit more of a force to be reckoned with, it’s a body of work, it’s a real release, and it’s a thing that press tend to get behind a little bit more, rather then odd singles here and there that we were doing when we were just trying to develop our sound. So yeah totally, we sold out Electric Works in London, which was like 350 tickets, the biggest headline show we’ve ever done, and all the shows have sold really great on tour. It was the first time we’d put on a headline show and we’d turn up at each venue and there was at least 100 people already there waiting for us, so it really feels amazing, to finally get a return on the years of hard work and failure basically.
How many years have you guys been going?
We’ve been properly doing it since 2012, with the current line up, but I’ve known our drummer since 2009, so like 7 years or something, we’ve been playing together for a while, everyone still thinks we’re a new band, that’s the funny thing.
It must be really rewarding now to have an album out, and to have tours selling well
Yeah, it’s really great, it feels like it’s our own as well, we haven’t really compromised in anyway for it, we’ve gone the long root, which is a lot harder and a lot less glamorous – 2 years ago if a major had came knocking offer us a load of money we’d have probably taken it, and been really happy but that we might have released the wrong record, it just feels that the way that we’ve done it has worked for Tigercub, I think we’ll just be doing it for the next 10 years, and just be getting bigger and bigger slowly, and doing it on our own terms.
Less like an explosion, more like a gradual growth
That’s the hand we’ve been dealt though, I think any other option is better then this option for us. I feel that fans take a lot more ownership of bands like that, cause they’ve played a part in it, and they want to see you do well, when they’ve see you play 2 or 3 times to no one, and then they come to a show and it’s buzzing, and you’ve become a bit more fashionable, it’s a funny old game, but it’s cool.
Catch Tigercub now on tour with Pulled Apart by Horses, and check out their debut album, Abstract Figures in the Dark.