Tiger Army

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Tiger Army is a psychobilly band that was formed in 1995 in San Francisco, California.


Current band members

Former band members

  • Joel Day - Stand-up bass (1995-1997)
  • Geoff Kresge - Stand-up bass (1999-2004)
  • Adam Carson - Drums (1995-2000)
  • London May - Drums (2000-2002)
  • Fred Hell - Drums (2002-2004)


The band played their first show at legendary venue 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California, on March 29, 1996. After making a name for themselves playing shows throughout the California area with AFI and English psychobilly pioneers, The Meteors, they were picked up by Chapter Eleven Records.

Tiger Army first entered the studio in the summer of 1996 to record a self-titled vinyl record EP, now referred to as the Temptation EP. This EP fell into the hands of Tim Armstrong, owner of Hellcat Records, who signed the band. Tiger Army recorded their first self-titled full-length, Tiger Army, in January 1997. It was released that October. Stand-up bassist and founding member Joel Day had left the band prior to being signed, so the Quakes stand-up bassist Rob Peltier was hired to play on the album.

During the ensuing California mini-tour promoting the album, Nick 13 asked Geoff Kresge, one of his former bandmates from his first band, Influence 13, to play stand-up bass with them. Kresge accepted, and joined as a permanent member a few months later. The band was asked to play on the Danzig and Samhain tour in 2000, where they befriended Samhain drummer London May. He joined the band when Adam Carson left.

The band recorded a second album, Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite in 2001. London May left shortly after the recording, and was replaced with Fred Hell.

On March 10, 2003, Fred Hell was shot four times by armed robbers who broke into his friend's apartment in Chino, California. A bullet became lodged in his brain, making it necessary for him to go through physical therapy before he could play drums again. At the time, the band was in the process of recording the album Tiger Army III: Ghost Tigers Rise. At first, the record was repeatedly delayed to make time for him to recover enough to perform, but his injuries proved serious enough for the band to hire a studio drummer, Mike Fasano, to play on the album. Hell attempted to play on the tour supporting the album's release, but he was again forced to stay and recover while Fasano joined the band on the road. In July 2004, Hell decided to depart from the band in light of his condition.

Only months later, in September 2004, Geoff Kresge departed the band to focus his efforts on his new record label, Dead Body Wreckerds. He would join the Horrorpops as a guitarist a month later. Nick 13 quickly announced a new line-up for Tiger Army, featuring drummer "Wasted" James Meza (formelly of numerous other small Los Angeles psychobilly bands, and a former touring drummer for the Nekromantix) and stand-up bassist Jeff Roffredo (formerly of Cosmic Voodoo and Calavera). Because both new additions are full-time members of LA psychobilly band Rezurex (previously called Lobo Negro), it is unknown if they are to become full-time members of Tiger Army and possibly leave Rezurex, or if they are merely touring replacements.



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