Tigercub front man discusses their forthcoming album ‘The Perfume Of Decay’, current tour & being signed to Loosegroove Records

Brighton, UK-based rock ‘n’ roll trio Tigercub are set to release their forthcoming album ‘The Perfume Of Decay’ on June 2, 2023, via Loosegroove Records, the label co-founded by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard.

With ‘The Perfume of Decay’ — Tigercub’s third record of nocturnal, hard-hitting rock, as well as their first full-length release for Loosegroove Records — frontman Jamie Hall, who took some time for an interview with SWOMP (Listen in full by clicking above), draws the curtains shut and embraces a moody, melancholic sound that’s every bit as cinematic as Hollywood itself.

It’s an album about counterpoint and opposites, stacked with songs that contrast overdriven guitars with whispered vocals, tight grooves with shoegazing swells of noise, and sonic experimentation with sharp songwriting.

For a band that’s always trafficked in drama and dynamics, ‘The Perfume of Decay’ marks Tigercub’s strongest release to date.

The latest single ‘Swoon’ sees the band fully lean into their command of tension and release, with gentle singing and restrained guitar lines that combust into huge, distorted riffs, hook-heavy vocals, and crushing drums, before settling back into clement disquiet.

“‘Home where I wanted to be’ – When I first moved away from Sunderland to live in Brighton, I thought I would never look back,” Hall said.

“However, as the years have passed, I’ve grown more and more homesick and have realized my deep yearning to reconnect with my roots in the north of England. ‘Swoon’ is about uncovering those feelings and addressing them. The track is brooding, dynamic, and explosive, a taster of things to come from ‘The Perfume of Decay’.”

‘The Perfume of Decay’ was recorded after an international tour that took Tigercub halfway around the world in promotion of their last album As Blue Indigo.

The record was met with commercial success and critical acclaim, peaking at Number 11 in the UK Independent Albums Chart, while drawing international applause as one of the most electrifying rock releases in recent memory, with Guitar.com hailing it as “shaped by a determination not to compromise, made with tenacity and pride, and finished with a caustic bite.”

“This is an expansive and experimental record,” wrote Kerrang!, “not just a twisting, twisted road through Hall’s own experiences, but also a rebirth of a maverick rock ‘n’ roll poet.”

As mind-bending and immediate on stage as in the studio, Tigercub celebrated As Blue As Indigo with a suitably epic live schedule, including a sold-out UK headline tour, dates alongside longtime friends Royal Blood, and an inspirational North American run with Clutch and Eyehategod.

Last summer saw the band celebrating its signing to Loosegroove Records with show-stealing sets at the UK’s annual Reading and Leeds Festival as well as by joining Pearl Jam for their colossal two-night stand at London’s BST Hyde Park 2022.

In a similar vein, Tigercub are currentlyon an extensive headline tour across both the US and the UK in support of their new album.

The band is currently on tour in the United States and is set to perform on the opening day of the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 21, 2023 before heading to the Pine Knob Music Theatre in Clarkson, Michigan as part of WRIF Fest 2023 on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

Check out all of the dates in the U.S. and U.K, along with ticket details, here.

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