Tigertailz - The 'Knives' are out!
Rob Wylde - lead vocals
Jay Pepper – guitars / vocals
Berty Burton – bass / vocals
Matt Blakout - drums
A quarter of a century after the release of 'Bezerk' – the 1990 album that defined the whole turn-of-the-decade glam metal zeitgeist - Tigertailz roll on to new and fairer horizons. Greater challenges met head-on by bigger riffs, sharper solos, melt-yer-brain vocals and hooks heavy and dark enough to reel in not only 'Jaws' but all the sequels too.
2016 will not only see a plethora of UK and overseas tour dates, but the release of 'Daggerz' will mark the first new music from Tigertailz since it cemented its dynamic, forward-leaning new line-up. In a new dawn that sees the band step it up on every level, founder member Jay Pepper is joined by frontman Rob Wylde, long-time drummer Matt Blakout and new bassist Berty Burton to create a savage statement of intent. Having recently supported Kiss and Cheap Trick on the Kiss Kruise in support of last release 'Knives', it's a pivotal time for the band. A time when it sounds hungrier than ever, and when the 'Daggerz' are most definitely coming out.
Tigertailz may already have the distinction of being the only UK band to share in some of the success of hairspray heavies like Mötley Crüe, L.A Guns and WASP, but they only achieved it by being unique, by not following others and by doing it their way. Extremity in everything - in music, in image, in art, in life...
First making a splash with their 1987 debut, the snotty, street-smart 'Young And Crazy', the Tigertailz name made rock headlines with their follow-up 'Bezerk', an album that delivered a series of popular singles, including infectious bubblegum classic 'Love Bomb Baby', a song that seems destined to remain their calling card. As sales went through the roof, 'Bezerk' kept Tigertailz on the road for what seemed like an eternity. Their long-awaited follow-up, 'Wazbones', was however sunk by endless record company problems. That, and the onset of grunge, eventually sent the band into hiatus...
In 2005, with the music scene beginning to look something like fun again, the core members of Tigertailz reunited. As record companies hurried to re-release their older material, the band prepared their comeback album 'Bezerk 2.0'. They were back, playing massive festivals like Sweden Rock, Gods of Metal, Lorca Rock Festival and Kobetansonik, supporting the likes of Kiss, Crüe, Whitesnake and Velvet Revolver.
Even better was to come, on the back of the fantastic 'Thrill Pistol', the heaviest album the band had made up to that point, and an indicator of their current direction - British metal, twisted up with street punk and savagely singable, glamtastic melodies. Not only that, but its release finally enabled them to release the fabled 'Wazbones' as a second, bonus CD – free with every copy of 'Thrill Pistol'.
Regrettably, 2007 was to be remembered for the passing of bassist and co-founder Pepsi Tate, a terrible blow that almost forced the band to quit. After much soul-searching, it was decided to bite back, continuing to keep alive the great tradition that Tate had been such a powerful exponent of. In 2010, the band prepared for the next phase in its rollercoaster story - the 20-year celebration of 'Bezerk', a live album, and two festival headline slots (including the UK's Hard Rock Hell).
With a rejuvenated and enthralling new line-up hitting the news in 2015, the road rolls on for a hungry, revitalised Tigertailz. From a band that has survived challenges so bizarre that most wouldn't even believe it, expect blow-your-mind live performances, and in 'Daggerz' some new generation Tigertailz music to rally the clans. A competition to win a signed copy of the previous EP attracted over 10,000 'hits' in less than three hours, so it's fair to say that appetite for the band's return has been amply whetted. It's a resurgence to make fans young and old proud of this classic Welsh metal band. The best advice right now is to brace yourselves...
Words: STEVE BEEBEE, 'KERRANG!'