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Tigercub came crashing back into public consciousness earlier this year with a power-trio of hard-hitting singles "Beauty", "Beat On My Heart (Like A Bass Drum)" and "Blue Mist In My Head". A fresh blast of new noise and their first new material since 2017, they also announced the news of a much-anticipated second album, "As Blue As Indigo", set for release on June 18th through Blame Recordings. 
The record was written and produced by the band's own Jamie Stephen Hall, engineered and co-produced by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse) and subsequently mixed by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Ghost, Royal Blood). Written over two years, "As Blue As Indigo" champions introspection drawing on the subjectivity of colour.
Tigercub today share a fourth taster from the record - dramatically different from the heavier songs that came before, "Funeral" is an intensely personal song ruminating on the loss of friends and family propelled instead by intimate acoustic guitars and a swooping string accompaniment.
Jamie had the following to say about the themes behind their latest song:
"Funeral is a song I wrote to cope with death, firstly to directly cope with my grandmothers passing, but also as an emotional outpouring to the shocking amount of friends I have lost to suicide over the years. I find songwriting incredibly cathartic and therapeutic, it helps me process my emotions and figure out what lies at the core of me. I find it difficult to properly express myself in day to day life, I was always taught as a male that to portray anything other than stoicism was a sign of weakness and that it should be overridden with jovial humour and general toxic bullshit. Nowadays we are all learning how wrong this affectation is, and rightly so."
Back in 2018 the Brighton-based three piece were on the crest of a wave. As well as regular plays on daytime Radio 1 and a Rockest Record from the Radio 1 Rock Show, years of near non-stop touring had seen them sell out The Scala and play a triumphant hometown show at The Concorde 2. On their last EP, Evolve Or Die, they’d pushed the live-wired sound of their 2016 debut, Abstract Figures In The Dark, massively broadening their sonic palette and delivering Tigercub’s pile-driving guitar gut-punch within an intense digital static.
It seemed like a good place to put things on pause for a bit and in the downtime the band's lead songwriter and frontman Jamie Hall started tinkering with his own brand of gonzoid psych-pop under the name Nancy. Intended only as a DIY experiment, the project massively took off. Nancy was Hype Machine’s most blogged artist, Hall bagged two record deals and played a string of dates around the world. Not bad for something he’d done in his bedroom chiefly to keep his songwriting chops up. Enough to keep you busy you’d think, but Hall was itching to get back to the day job, determined to use all he'd learned from the solo project to further Tigercub on their return. And what a return it is.
The band also recently announced a headline tour for later in the year and tickets are on sale now.
Tigercub will be playing the following dates:
November
27: Brighton, England - CHALK
28: Guildford, Surrey, England - The Boiler Room
29: Tunbridge Wells, England - The Forum
December
01: Norwich, England -  The Waterfront
02: Leeds, England - Brudenell
03: Sheffield, England - The Leadmill
04: Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
05: Newcastle, England - The Think Tank
06: Birmingham, England - Dead Wax
07: Nottingham, England - Bodega Social Club
08: Manchester, England - The Deaf Institute
10: Cardiff, Wales - Clwb Ifor Bach
11: Southampton, England - The Joiners 
12: Exeter, Devon, England - The Cavern 
14: London, England - Lafayette
Jamie, who stands 7 foot tall and is the band's sole songwriter, claims the creative fire for "As Blue As Indigo" was sparked by colour theory and the notion that what each human eye sees as colour could be totally subjective. That idea led him to explore his own personal issues through a similar prism, exploring topics including anxiety, depression, toxic masculinity, the death of his grandmother and the recent suicide of a close friend; and in turn began spinning the lyrical thread that ties the entire record together. Putting himself under the microscope was to become key:
“I never really felt in the past that I could talk about really personal things. I’d always used a mask. It’s quite easy to do that because you’re not exposing yourself in anyway. I’d always subconsciously tried to shy away from talking about myself,” he notes. “I didn’t want to do that anymore. I wanted this to be about me and process my emotions for the first time. I think that’s made us more genuine and authentic as a band”
 "As Blue As Indigo" is as colourful a journey as the vivid title suggests, its ten tracks span the progressive to the immediate, the gentle to the monolithic, and most of all fulfill the significant potential the band have always promised. "As Blue As Indigo" is an album that looks set to cement their place at the top table of British rock acts in 2021.
Tracklisting:
1. As Blue As Indigo
2. Sleepwalker
3. Blue Mist In My Head
4. Stop Beating On My Heart (Like A Bass Drum)
5. Funeral
6. Built To Fail
7. Shame
8. As Long You're Next To Me
9. Beauty
10. In The Autumn Of My Years
Tigercub's "As Blue As Indigo" is out June 18th via Blame Recordings. Pre-order HERE

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