INTERVIEW: Blind Tigers Talk About Their New Cassette, bands in Louisville, and Where They’d Take Me for a Night on the Town!

Photo of Blind Tigers by Philip Collins

Indie rock trio Blind Tigers have a new cassette called Mosquito dropping this Saturday, April 11th via Gubbey Records. To celebrate the release, an all ages release show will happen the same day at Modern Cult with Opposable Thumbs and Satellite Twin rounding out the bill. The show will start at 8PM and outside alcohol is allowed from what I understand. Go here for more information on the event.

To promote the release of Mosquito, Blind Tigers made a music video for their song “Talk Demon To Me” which can be seen below:



Earlier this week, the folks in Blind Tigers were kind enough to collectively answer a few questions about their band, the new release, and Louisville’s music community.

Never Nervous: How did Blind Tigers form? Is there a fascinating origin story behind the three of you coming together?

Blind Tigers: We formed in 2013 as a duo with Dia on guitar and Jason on drums. We played our first show in early 2014 at Mag Bar and were approached after the show by Paul. We ended up calling him and that was that.

NN: What can you tell us about your upcoming cassette Mosquito?

BT: We wanted to evoke a feeling of tamed aggression. To be able to tell a story with the songs, starting out strong, pulling it in a little bit, letting loose and then bringing it in at the end.

NN: How does the writing process work? Is it a collaborative effort?

BT: Yeah, we all contribute to the writing process. Each member brings a song or an idea and we elaborate on it.

NN: How did Blind Tigers hook up with Gubbey Records?

BT: We submitted a song called “Fish For Lions” to the first Head Cleaner release. We really dig what Dave is doing with Gubbey Records and wanted to be a part of that.

NN: After the release of Mosquito are there any plans to tour or to promote the cassette beyond Louisville?

BT: The plan is wide open. We love Louisville and would like to start a small Midwest tour as well.

NN: Talk about some of the inspirations and influences behind the music Blind Tigers creates.

BT: Well we are influenced by grunge bands such as Nirvana and L7. We are also heavily influenced by punk bands like The Ramones and New York Dolls. We like a lot of bubble gum and glam rock like 1910 Fruitgum Company and T.Rex. We like fuzzy guitar, a driving bass and heavy drums and like to have sing along vocals.

NN: Lets say your band decided to take me out for a night on the town in Louisville. Where are we going to eat, drink and be merry? I’m a cheap date, by the way.

BT: We would start out with a delicious and affordable dinner at Golden Corral, taking in the Never Ending Chocolate Waterfall. Then head out to Mag Bar for some drinks and dancing and hit up Dizzy Whiz for a famous Whiz Burger on the way home. Then we could catch up on a marathon of the TV show Snapped.

“We would start out with a delicious and affordable dinner at Golden Corral, taking in the Never Ending Chocolate Waterfall. Then head out to Mag Bar for some drinks and dancing and hit up Dizzy Whiz for a famous Whiz Burger on the way home. Then we could catch up on a marathon of the TV show Snapped.”

NN: From your point of view, what constitutes a “good show” as a performer, and/or as an innocent bystander?

BT: A good show in our opinion is a band that is really into what they are doing. Whether it’s tight or loose, as long as they love it, it is a good time.

NN: Talk about a few current bands/artists in Louisville that you’ve been paying attention to lately. What do you like about them?

BT: Louisville has a lot of great bands right now. Graffiti, Opposable Thumbs, Andy Matter and the Ten Wet Dollars and The New Bravado are all bands that are putting out some good tunes. Opposable Thumbs will be playing our release show with us on April 11th and we dig their Talking Heads-ish sound.

“Louisville has a lot of great bands right now.”

NN: Now that Winter is officially behind us, would you care to recommend any of your personal favorite warm weather records?

BT: These are all albums we enjoy for summer weather. Apocalypse Hoboken: Now’s Not a Good Time. Beastie Boys: Ill Communication. Dax Riggs: Say Goodnight to the World. Sonic Youth: Dirty. A Tribe Called Quest: Midnight Marauders.

NN: What is your favorite thing to do outside on a perfect-weather day? Or are you a “I’m gonna stay inside and watch movies anyway because I don’t give a shit about nice weather” kind of person?

BT: Little bit of both. When it’s really nice out it’s always fun to have a cookout, play some frisbee and drink beer. I think we would all consider ourselves to be tv junkies though. Paul likes to hit up the skate parks when it’s nice out.

NN: Are you excited about the new Star Wars sequels? Or would you rather have more Indiana Jones movies? Or do you just really really hate George Lucas?

BT: Jason is kind of excited to see the new Star Wars movie. Dia is waiting on the release of Pee Wee’s Big Holiday and Paul always has his lightsaber out. Overall, George Lucas is pretty cool.