Artist: Tiger Army
Title: “Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite”
It’s appropriate that Kearney “Nick 13″ Jones and Tiger Army drew inspiration for “Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite” from Edgar Allan Poe, a master of the macabre.
From the same Ukiah punk scene as AFI, Tiger Army’s take on psychobilly dabbles in B-movie horror — as the cover art suggests — tipping the cap to Poe with a track named “Annabel Lee.”
Most of “Moonlite” throttles forward on the strength of its punky guitars. Nick 13 shows a versatile voice, able to yell the conclusion of “Valley of Dreams” to match the hammering kick and snare drums, but also able to match the country vibe of “In the Orchard.”
The title track is a standout, featuring Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen on slide guitar. Another is “F.T.W.,” which does not fit the “creepy, crawly things in the night” tone of the rest of the album. “Incorporeal,” sadly, mispronounces its own title, but it’s punk rock, so who cares about rules?
“An ashen-faced ghoul like a white spider / With only a poison and contempt for your lives . . . just be sure to understand – the night’s mine,” Nick 13 sings in “When Night Comes Down.”
If Poe made punk, it might sound something like Tiger Army.
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