TIGER PUNCH

I don’t know what kind of beverage TIGER PUNCH are but I sure got drunk on it (you gotta know Swedish to fully understand the pun). Anders Ekdahl ©2017

What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-We can be inspired just by anything, from the tune by unknown author heard somewhere to the sound of traffic lights, or by the train passing, when wheels hit the tracks. Any rhythm. Rhythm wakes basic instincts and under this influence we become who we really are. Then there comes the tune, the idea. Then it’s brought to the guys, and they can do anything they want to it, play it in any way they like, because we know it’s the way which makes the sound really unique. We’ve never been a band belonging to only one musician. We aren’t solo project of some artist. We are the real band of true and devoted friends.

How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-We’re currently working at our debut album. We haven’t come up with the title yet, but our new name “Tiger Punch” will be in big letters. We treat every song like an independent creation, don’t want to repeat ourselves and follow the trodden path. So, album is expected to be interesting and diversified. We’re still looking for the sound that will work for us 🙂

When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-Our topics are quite different, from night riders and star knights to personal feelings and emotional experience. It’s important for us to let everyone find something for themselves in our songs and make their own interpretation.

Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-Primarily it’s solid heavy metal sound that include guitar and bass shred, high screaming vox, blasting drums. There is an influence of Iron Maiden, early Metallica, a handful of Van Halen, Racer X, Savatage, Dokken. We started like crossover/thrash band under the name of “Acid Terror” as far back as 2013. But we were turbocharged by Skull Fist and Enforcer to play heavy metal. When we heard them, we all were like: “Damn, dude, that’s what we need to play!” So, we’re heavy metal warriors for two years already.

How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-Literally everything is important – from a line in a song to logo color. We play that type of music where visualization is a matter of priority. Because it’s the music of gigantism era, when everything was hyperbolized, pompous and bright. We wear torn-up and multicolor tank tees, tights, spandex, all kinds of bracelets and necklaces; it’s like parrot fashion. We jump and run about a stage, we make the show after which people want to buy our album. Let’s suppose they take it and they see grunge, psychedelic or some kind of blackened cover. They will surely feel dissonance. Before releasing our album we think over the conception, the idea. So, this is the unified complex. Album is a kind of chronicle, where we embed our skills and mindset at the certain period, to let it all live forever. This is art after all.

Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they aren’t that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I don’t know how many times I’ve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. What’s your opinion on this subject?
-I adore artworks in the style of “Somewhere in Time” and suchlike. Artwork brings more specialness to the album. As for us, it’s unlikely that we’ll put tiger on the cover. Most probably, our faces will be there.

How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Sometimes few cool words just come to mind and they become both a song title and a line of the chorus. They must sound catchy, to run in one’s head.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We represent completely different generation, and our activity falls within digital age, at the height of it. So we haven’t even caught the type of music you’re talking about. But there always be devotees with a desire to own CDs and vinyl if a band is really worthy.

How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-Concert is our drug. We all have our own lives, we work in different fields: we have our personal problems. We’re like double agents – 5 days a week, 12 hours a day we work, somebody at the office, somebody at the café and somebody teaches. But when we come on stage we become complete heavy metal locomotive that’s ready to blow people’s mind and take them to the 80s, when parties were in every corner, we want to make everybody and ourselves feel good. During our performance we forget everything, about the rough and tumble of life, and difficulties while touring. That one hour or 40 minutes on stage – it’s our life. That’s the reason for our being.

What lies in the future?
-Albums and tours ‘til the living end. Long way to the top if you wanna rock n’ roll!

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