Friday, September 17, 2010

Worn Out Tigers - Interview - CD Release Show - 222 Ormsby

Hola everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for the Report, and that’s mostly because I’m now in college at IUP, so not many chances to get to Pittsburgh. However, I was so excited last week when I found out I’d be leaving and going to the Worn Out Tigers CD release show at 222 Ormsby.

The Worn Out Tigers are a fantastic band that I first saw at Most Wanted Fine Art opening for La Dispute. They come from a genre that we don’t normally cover, but I felt that they were interesting and definitely good enough to deserve a spotlight from our fine city, and being the awesome dudes that they are, let me talk to them for a while after the show.

I got out my computer, pressed record, and a bunch of us sat in the corner and talked. It was one of the more fun nights I’ve had in a long time. It’s not a matter of how big the shows are, it’s a matter of who you spend them with. They’ll all tell you, it’s about making friends.

They answered my questions as a group, chiming in whenever a thought came up, so the answers they gave are a conglomeration of everything I could get from the recording. Enjoy! :D

Who are the Worn Out Tigers?

We have Max, who plays bass and keys, Braden who “yells a lot and looks stupid,” Trevor on the drums, and Jack, playing guitar and keys as well.

Your facebook/myspace about me is “Workin’ hard, stayin’ weird.” What does that mean and where did it come from?

Jack came up with the slogan, and it essentially means that we’re trying to stay different amongst everything out there, but not be obnoxious about it. Workin’ hard means just that, we’re writing songs, getting stuff out there, and just working at everything as hard as we can.

Describe your sound. We don’t generally cover bands of your genre, and for readers that have never heard of you guys, try to explain what you are.

We’ve gotten things along the lines of Young Widows, These Arms are Snakes, snapcase, Bear Vs. Shark. BvS was what we were looking for when we were trying to find Braden. These are all compliments, and we’ll take them. You could call it post-punk.

We’re at your CD release right now, what was it like working on the new album, and going from having a few demos to an actual full-length?

Busy as hell and time consuming. There’s not even that many, we only made about a hundred cd sleeves, but it was hard work.

What about the recording process?

We had demos from about two years ago, back when we were just instrumental. It’s not that we wanted to be, it was really just because we hadn’t found a singer yet, and we recorded seven minute jams under a completely different name. Then we found Braden and started recording other demos, but they were still demos. When we got Braden we finally knew where we were going with the sound. This one is legit, we’re finally doing something for real. We went to Philly to record and slept in a Wal-mart parking lot for four days drinking whiskey.

So you’ve had several reincarnations of the band, how’d you get together and come to be where you’re at now?

At first it was just Jack and I (Max) in a band, and we played pop-punk music with more technical stuff. Eventually the other guys moved back to Ohio, which is where we’re originally from. We decided to stay here though and see what we could find. We actually craigslisted Trevor, and it was our second try at finding a drummer. When we heard him, we knew it was working. Finding a singer took forever though, we asked all of our friends if they knew anyone that could sing. We found Braden and he had a folder full of things he had written, and he was like “I think this will work, this would be cool.”

The first time I (Braden) met you guys, you were like, “Can you sing?” and I said, “No. Not really. But I can look like an idiot.”

What kind of shows do you guys prefer? House shows, venue shows, what’s your bread and butter?

Houuuuuse shows. We prefer the house shows to almost anything, shows with big promoters suck. We’d rather just hang out and get drunk. Oh, and we hate selling tickets for venue shows.

What was your best show experience, either attending or performing?

Well, tonight was the best we did. Really any show after we get done playing and I (Jack) am just like, “yesss, that was great.”

As for attending, they loved the Flaming Lips. As Jack put it, “my mind got fucked at that show.”

What’s it like being in the Pittsburgh music scene. How hard is it to make it here?

You can’t really make it in the Pittsburgh music scene. I (Braden) mean, Modey Lemon did, just because they played college campuses and used Pittsburgh as a home base. This scene is so close knit though, and it is sometimes a popularity contest. It’s socially competitive, bands that sell more tickets or play at the bar are the ones that do well. For us, we don’t need to play in front of 10,000 people to have made it, it depends on your definition. If we’re playing a show with friends and for friends, and playing for people who want to be there, then we made it.

What are your goals and future plans now that you’ve released a cd?

We just want to keep doing what we’re doing. Have fun on the weekends and play other cities, and see where things go.

Do you have day jobs, or is music your thing?

Max cuts grass and landscapes, and Braden attends Point Park University. Trevor works at the Exchange, and recently graduated from Point Park’s Film program. He and a few friends from other bands have a small freelance production company.

So Braden, where’d you learn to dance?

Uhhh, it’s called...alcohol? It’s also called not giving a fuuuuck. It’s fun, too, so that’s what I do. I told them I could look like an idiot.

Do you guys have anything else you’d like to tell people?

That we’re so cool. Um, we’re really good at math, we like reading. We’re uh, avid joggers. (I also gathered that Braden has wheelchair skills, he can do a 360, and that Trevor is really good at bicycling.) No, but really, some scenes can get so insular, and there is a barrier to entry, so it’s hard for new people to get into the scene. Welcome new people, and if you don’t go to shows, don’t be afraid to. We have a good community here, everyone is friends with everyone, so come be our friends. Work hard, stay weird, be our friends. Also, don’t two step.

You can easily tell, just from reading this that the Worn Out Tigers are some of the nicest dudes you’ll find. They’re genuine in everything that they do, and just want to have fun. I laughed almost this whole interview, and so did everyone hanging out with us, just because they made it so easy to get along with everyone. There are lessons to be learned from experiences like that, not everyone judges you and fun is what you make it. So please check these guys out, get out to a show, talk to them. You won’t regret that you did.

Check these lovable dudes out

-Sam Ritzer <3

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