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Classic Album Review: Tiger Army | II: Power of Moonlite

Nick 13 and his voodoobilly outfit bring brawn, brains and Blake to the punk party.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The Misfits brought horror-movie imagery and theatricality to punk rock. The Cramps gave it a twangy rockabilly beat and a sleazy camp makeover. Tiger Army take it to the next level.

Led by uniquely named singer-guitarist Nick 13, the San Francisco trio consolidate it all into a hard-driving, dark-hearted brand of voodoobilly that could be described as Night of the Living Stray Cats, what with all the bouncing beats and slap bass driving Nick’s Eddie Cochran-style slapback-echo vocals. Except that you never heard Eddie — or anybody else in the list above — quote William Blake and Edgar Allan Poe in their lyrics. Seems Nick is bringing something new to the punk party: Brains.