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Back in Victorian times, the members of Star Tiger would probably have made a living writing twisted Penny Dreadfuls. Since they’re a few centuries too late for that, they content themselves with creating intricate progressive metal songs on everything from Jekyll and Hyde to Japanese Kabuki.
Described by one fan as “heavier than heavy water in a Norwegian fjord”, Star Tiger came together in 2009 with guitarist and vocalist Craig and bassist Sharon initially working on songs as a two-piece before adding powerhouse drummer Mike to their ranks.
“They sent me a rough guitar track of The Lowering and immediately I knew there was something different about this music. It blew me away,” explains Mike on his decision to join the band.
The band have spent the last three years crafting their current batch of songs, taking inspiration from post-rock and progressive metal bands to movie soundtracks and classical opera.
“We’re definitely a metal band,” says Craig on their sound, “but we’re influenced by so many different things, so we try to bring as much of that as we can into the music. As there are only three of us, there’s plenty of room for each person to be creative. We all bring our own ideas to the songs, and they come together in a really good way.”
“Our sound is unique and definitely not mainstream,” adds Sharon, “but slowly we’re beginning to find a core group of fans who like what we do and want to hear more.”
And that core group of fans has been steadily growing in 2013, with over 3000 followers to their various social media pages and the band currently holding the number one slot in the local metal chart on ReverbNation. Recent airplay on Rok Out Radio in Scranton, PA and Dr John Forster’s Unsigned Rock Surgery on Birmingham City Radio and The Mixx FM has also helped to increase their popularity on the internet.
But, as with all good metal music, the live setting is where Star Tiger really feel like they belong and the tail end of 2012 saw them began to take their music out to a live audience, playing their debut gig as part of Lancaster venue The Bobbin’s annual Battle of the Bands line up, then following that up with a performance at the annual Morecambe undead-fest ‘Zombieville’. The band hope to follow that up with many more gigs in 2013 and are already booked to play the Retro Bar in Manchester in May.
With their demo ‘Protos’ now available for streaming at www.ReverbNation.com/StarTiger, Craig, Mike and Sharon are currently planning to record their first full length album, with an online release tentatively penciled in for the middle of the year.
“The response to the demo has been exceptional and it was just something we put together in an afternoon,” adds Mike. “I'm incredibly excited about the upcoming album. it's a powerful collection of songs.”
One thing is certain, as DJ Dr John Forster recently commented, we will “be seeing a lot more from this band” in 2013.