Happy New Year, and where have you been, Tigerlilies?
Cincinnati, Ohio four-piece, The Tigerlilies have been filling boom boxes and car stereos with timeless power-pop since 1989. Influenced by classic American radio rock bands like The Smithereens and Hüsker Dü, The Tigerlilies released three records to their Midwest audience in the late ’90s and early ’00s before eventually fading into obscurity.
Fading away, maybe, but certainly not forgotten.
On February 16th, the band is set to release the deluxe re-issue of their high water 2003 album Space Age Love Songs, a bonus laden seventeen-track collection of timeless rock. The debut track, “Honey” is filled groovy guitar bursts, heart tugging harmonies and plaintive vocals and reveals the Tigerlilies at their most bittersweet.
About the band:
The style set forth by the Buzzcocks, Cheap Trick and The Ramones is alive and well in the hands of The Tigerlilies – Cincinnati’s sole practitioners of post punk power pop.
They have played countless shows around Ohio, serving as support for Violent Femmes, Joan Jett, Paul Weller, Guided By Voices and Superchunk, and attaining a sizable and appreciative following along the way. The past decade has seen the release of many singles and albums on independent Midwestern labels such as Atavistic, Violently Hip and Mono-cat 7, chalking up a total of four full lengths which showcase The Tigerlilies economic blend of punk, ’60s soul and garage rock.
Along the way, someone unearthed their debut record, Space Age Love Songs, which was recorded exactly 20 years ago. The LP was a hit at the time, winning album, artist and record of the year at the Cincinnati Music Awards and landing them a showcase at the burgeoning SXSW Festival. But the band had all but forgot about its release after a traumatic accident, involving a drunk driver hitting their tour van, killed their manager and momentarily dashed their dreams.
Listening back, they were all impressed with the timeless nature of the material. Indeed, their knack for sharp and concise rock nuggets left little room for any dated production techniques. They had always correlated its release with the accident, but with the buffer of time, it felt appropriate to orchestrate a re-release, a 20th anniversary addition if you will, with six additional unreleased tracks from those sessions.