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Tigertailz interview 

Submitted by Criss Sexx on 2016-11-13

Here we go again, Melodic Net readers!

All of you who have been reading the interviews and album reviews I’ve been doing for the site must have surely realized how much of a huge 80’s Glam Rock / Hair Metal fan I am. This time, I was fortunate enough to get an interview with the legendary original Tigertailz guitarist Jay Pepper. Jay himself will never know how honoured I am posting this. Having met original Tigertailz members Steevi Jaimz and Ace Finchum in 2011 while in England was something I will always remember. Now, five years later, I had the chance of interviewing Jay. I had to think seriously about how I was to have the questions set up... Would I just focus on the new, fabulous Tigertailz “Blast!” album? Would I talk about the band’s past? Me, as a fan, wanted to know what every single Tigertailz Maniac on the planet always wanted to know, but it was nowhere to be found...To be honest, after making up my mind that I would have an overall interview with Jay Pepper, covering his entire career, I was afraid he wouldn’t agree doing it in the end. Surprisingly, Mr. Pepper was kind enough to talk about the troubled past of the band, line-up changes, his quitting his own band and coming back later on, the death of Tigertailz founding member Pepsi Tate, rumors and truth, as well as the spectacular present and promising future of a band that has been around for more than 30 years. I hope you, Melodic Net readers, enjoy it as much as I did having the iconic Glam Rock guitarist answer this long interview. I would like to thank Jay Pepper again, on behalf of Melodic Net and myself, for this great, and maybe the most complete interview I’ve ever seen from him.

So if you’re lucky enough to have gotten the magnificent brand new Tigertailz “Blast!” album, turn it up and “get down, because the noise level is critical”!!!

Criss Sexx

Criss - Hi there, Jay! How's it going? First, thanks for the interview! Can we start with your telling us how you first got started in music and when, prior to joining Tigertailz? Also, who were your major influences when you started playing the guitar?

Jay - Hi there, and no problem. It’s a pleasure. I first started with guitar around the age of 15 when I got my parents to buy me and Eros Les Paul copy and JSH practice amp. I couldn’t play anything to begin with and then a friend of a friend showed me some blues riffs and that got me going.  My major influences at the time (and still are) Richard Parfitt (Status Quo), Randy Rhodes (Ozzy) and Angus Young (AC/DC).

Criss - How was it joining Tigertailz in 1983? It was a five-piece band back then, who even got to record some demos, which never saw the light of day. What can you say about this period and these demos?

Jay - Myself, Pepsi and Ian Welsh first jammed together in a church hall in Cardiff, Wales around this time.  We then recruited Phil Harling (guitar / vocals), and became ‘Stagefright’ before we arrived at the name Tigertailz. We recorded a few demos during those early years, some of which are still around.  But sadly some have been lost.   We did one demo in The Enid’s studio in Cambridge with songs like “So Wrapped up”, “High Tailin’” that I haven’t heard since those days. It’s a shame. Perhaps someone out there has them?

Criss - How was it back then when singer Steevi Jaimz and drummer Ace Finchum joined the band? Was it a major change for the band, musically? How about the band's image? Was it at this time that Tigertailz got started in the Glam Rock scene?

Jay - Steevi joined quite a while before Ace, as he was still in the US. Things like the image did change a bit. But we’d already been looking quite bizarre before Steevi joined. This was more down to the shift in music trends and image. Our feature in Kerrang in 1987 was really the big turning point as we really went OTT on the Glam image.  And this got Tailz noticed and started the ball rolling. But once that feature in Kerrang came out our Glam destiny was set.

Criss - Before getting the deal with Music For Nations, you guys released the super rare 12" "Shoot To Kill" independent single. What can you tell us about it?

Jay - The “Shoot” EP was recorded as a demo at least a year or longer before we signed with MFN (in 1987).  Ace wasn’t even in the country or band at the time. So Steve Pearce from Tokyo Blade played drums on the recording. It was later we released it as our own self-release single. This got us noticed and from there got us a record deal with MFN.

Criss - The Tigertailz debut album, "Young And Crazy", was released in 1987. The band quickly became a success among Glam Rock fans. What can you say about this particular album? Also, what can you say about singer Steevi Jaimz's departure from the band?

Jay - The “Y&C” album was recorded very quickly. We recorded most of it in Loco Studios in Usk, in Wales. But MFN signed us, paid for those masters and we re-did a lot of it in less than 2 weeks in Gooseberry Studios in London. It’s so long ago I can’t remember too much from that period. Other than the producer was Steve James.  He was the son of Sid James from the Carry On films which were huge in the UK in the 60/70’s. As for Steevi’s departure, we just got to a point where things weren’t working for various reasons. So a change of singer became inevitable.

Criss - "Living' Without You", Tigertailz's first single and video, was re-recorded with singer Kim Hooker. What can you say about his joining the band at that time? How did you compare his singing style to old singer Steevi Jaimz's?

Jay - Pepsi wanted Kim in the band, even though he wasn’t a singer and played Bass in his previous band Rankelson. So we did a three track demo first with Kim singing and he really nailed it. We played it to the record company and they also loved it. So we went into Loco Studios in Wales and recorded that 3 track EP with “Living Without You” being re-worked. I still think it’s Kim’s best performance from his time in Tigertailz.

Criss - As far as I know, the very first Tigertailz tour was with Kim Hooker on vocals. How good was that in your opinion?

Jay - We’d toured a lot prior to Kim joining. In fact, we’d been gigging for years before trying to get a fan base together – and it worked. But when Kim joined we upped our game and the songwriting became better, plus we had a record deal. So things really stared to take off. We were playing bigger venues and people were taking notice.

Criss - "Bezerk", Tigertailz's second album and one of the best albums ever made in my opinion, was released in 1990. It was a majestic album, from its cover to the songs on it, not to mention its production. A classic for every single Glam Rock fan. What can you say about the making of this album? How do you like it?

Jay - Obviously, everyone remembers the band because of the success of our “Bezerk” album. That was when the band was at its peak. But I wasn’t overly pleased with the way the album ended up. And that was mainly down to how quickly we had to mix it. We’d spent over a year writing the songs for “Bezerk”, and months recording it.  But the record company wanted it finished and we ended up mixing it in a few days. This was a huge shame as we’d put so much work into it.  Don’t get me wrong, it still sounds great. But I have some rough mixes where certain songs sound better than those that ended up on the finished album. Overall I think “Bezerk” is a great album. But for me the album that we recorded after it, ‘Wazbonez’ (that didn’t get released until 2007), was Tigertailz at their best.

Criss - "Bezerk" made the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart and Tigertailz made it to the U.S. How did you feel about it back then? Also, the three singles off that album, the anthem "Love Bomb Baby", "Noise Level Critical" and "Heaven" are such great, classic Tigertailz songs. How did you like them at the time and how do you like them now?

Jay - As a songwriter and performer all you ever want is for your songs to be recognized. So, when “Bezerk” went into the UK Top 40, I thought we’d achieved what we set out to achieve. We’d started a band, made demos, played up and down the country living in the back of a transit van. We’d paid our dues and it had paid off. And I still think those songs sound great – even now!

Criss - Two home videos were released, "Bezerk: Live!" and "Video Frenzy", both really hard to get these days. Do you see them coming out on one single DVD one day? 

Jay - We have looked at this a number of times. But the problem is there are no copies of the original video masters. So all we could is copy the VHS to DVD. But this would be poor quality. So we’d rather not release something that is sub-standard.

Criss - "Banzai!", a collection of b-sides for those who didn't get the singles, was released in 1991. Who came up with the idea and why was it a Japanese only release at the time? What's your personal opinion about "Taking The Pain", the song recorded especially for that album?

Jay - "Banzai” was a project requested and funded by Sony Japan. That’s the reason it was only released there.  And “Taking The Pain” was written specifically for the “Banzai” album. And from memory we literally wrote it in the studio at the time. It’s not one of my fondest memories of this band.

Criss - Could you name a few of your favorite songs from the first Tigertailz era?

Jay - I think “Shoot To Kill”, “Living Without You” and “Fall in Love Again” are the strongest tracks for me off “Y&C”.

Criss - I remember when the "Wazbonez" album was released in 1995 it was kind of a shock seeing you weren't in the band anymore. Why did you leave Tigertailz before this album was released? Also, the "Thrill Pistol" album was released with a bonus disc with what was to be the original "Wazbonez" album, and you played on it. What do you think of the album itself, considering both versions?

Jay - The original “Wazbonez” album was recorded in the U.S. in 1991/2, and was really the album Tigertailz always wanted to make. And it was a very strong album for the time. It took us over two years to write the songs and record it.     We were signed to Amuse Inc. in the US at the time and the album cost over $200,000. Worldwide distribution was arranged via BMG, plus a coast-to-coast U.S. tour + TV shows. Everything was in place to make a serious impact on the U.S. market. But 4 weeks before the album was due for release the Japanese CEO’s of Amuse came to the U.S. and closed the company overnight. Our album release got shelved and we spent over a year trying to get it back. By that time I’d spent 3 years on that record. So I decided enough was enough and left the band. Making that album over 3 years and for it to come to nothing broke me. I was done at that point. Pepsi went on to re-record the “Wazbonez” album in Cardiff and also re-worked some of the songs. So the actual released version of “Wazbonez” of that time is NOT the version we recorded in the U.S. Our original version finally got released as a bonus disk to the “Thrill Pistol” album in 2007. And to me that record still sounds immense.

Criss - What is your sincere opinion about the grunge boom in the mid-90's? Did you hate it as much as your fans did?

Jay - To be honest, when I left Tigertailz I also left the music business completely. And that meant I didn’t listen to any music full-stop. So grunge passed me by in many ways. Having said that, I also think the Glam genre of music was guilty of producing some of the worst bands and music ever!   Don’t get me wrong, there were some amazing bands and music released from that time. And I include Tigertailz in that bracket. But there were many appalling bands who produced bad and clichéd records. For them, it was all about the image without the music. So, in many ways, Glam and Hair Metal deserved everything it got – capitulation!

Criss - The "Original Sin" album featured old demos recorded with the original Tigertailz line-up. Whose idea was it? How did you feel at the time seeing such old material being released?

Jay - I had no knowledge of the release of the “Original Sin” album. I was never asked if it was OK to release those demos. Nor does the company who released it have any contract signed by me to release it. I have also never received any royalty statements from the sales of it. So I have no opinion on that record at all.

Criss - There was a time that there were two bands named Tigertailz, yours and Pepsi's and the other one which featured original members Steevi Jaimz and Ace Finchum. How was this problem solved?  

Jay - The issue was taken to the UK Patent Office for illegal use of the Tigertailz trademark. The Patent Office ruled in our favor and that was the end of the matter.

Criss - Still about the "other" Tigertailz... How did you feel when you got to know they were using the name? Also, did you listen to any of the material they did? If so, what's your opinion about it?

Jay - The whole situation was unnecessary and caused confusion for the fans. We tried to resolve it by speaking directly to Ace & Steevi, but without success. So the only option left open to us was the legal route. This took two years to complete, but finally resolved the issue once and for all. The Tigertailz name is now a registered trademark which is owned by me.

Criss - The "Bezerk 2" (2006) and "Thrill Pistol" (2007) albums were released after Tigertailz reunited with you, Pepsi, Kim and then new drummer Matt Blakout. Why do these albums sound so differently from the previous ones? I mean, I understand every musician comes to a point when he wants to innovate... But fans felt a brutal difference in the sound. Was it something intentional? What can you say about the direction Tigertailz took making those albums?

Jay - When we came back we made the albums we always wanted to make. Not the albums people expected us to make, or what people wanted to hear. You have to remember we were never fans of Glam / Sleaze music. We loved Sabbath, Priest, Ozzy, Status Quo, Rainbow, Slade, AC/DC, Zeppelin and The Sex Pistols! Yes, we liked Kiss, Van Halen, etc. But we were mainly fans of the Classic British bands of the 70/80’s. But we got recognized because of our image before our music.  And from that point on we wrote music that fitted that image and what the fans and record companies wanted to hear. So when we came back we made the records we wanted to – as opposed to what everyone else expected us to make. I still much prefer listening to Judas Priest’s “Unleashed In The East” or The Sex Pistols’ “Never Mind The Bollocks” compared to most of the terrible 80/90’s Glam music of the 80/90’s. That’s just me.

Criss - It's a sad subject, but way important... When we lost original Tigertailz bassist Pepsi Tate, everyone was devastated. It must have been very, very hard for you losing a friend and music partner you knew for more than thirty years... What are the best memories you have from working with him? Also, no other person better than you to tell the world about what he was like as a person...

Jay - We were all devastated when we lost Pepsi. Even though we knew the end was near, when it came it was devastating... As for memories, too many to write here. But there were some magic moments that still make me smile. Not least of all Pepsi trying to drive our tour bus when it was parked outside a venue – even though he couldn’t drive and hadn’t passed his driving test! But there were many other times we laughed about the most stupid things. Pepsi was an extremely intelligent person with razor sharp wit. But he also loved stupid and bizarre jokes and everyday things just made him roll. He was also incredibly creative and had a fantastic work ethic. And our motto was always ‘why put off doing do something today until tomorrow?’ We had a great respect for each other and I was privileged he saw something in me that made him want to work with me. But more importantly, he was my friend.

Criss - Back to 2010, Tigertailz was back in action. How hard was it replacing Pepsi Tate? How did you guys hook up with Sarah Firebrand? A live album consisting of the entire "Bezerk" album was released, and then not only did she leave the band, but also singer Kim Hooker did it. What can you say about this whole situation? Fans heard a lot of rumors and stuff... Nobody better than you to clarify what happened then, I guess...

Jay - Replacing Pepsi with a girl Bass player was an unmitigated disaster.  And that’s not meant as a criticism of Sarah. She’s a lovely person who just wanted her break in a decent band. But we’d been using our friend Glenn Quinn as a stand-in for Pepsi throughout his illness and after Pepsi passed away. Glenn is a lovely guy, a fantastic musician and the person who should have been Pepsi’s permanent replacement – no question. But for other reasons we chose a girl Bass player and the band capitulated from there. As for Kim’s departure, he felt very aggrieved that we had sacked Sarah and decided to leave the band himself. His reasons for leaving were that he felt the band was nothing without Pepsi in it anymore. A fair point, but Kim decided to leave the band in 2012 - and Pepsi had been gone 5 years by this point. So it took him a long time to decide that, didn’t it? And, at that time, the band were still playing major festivals with Kiss, Whitesnake, etc. So you’d need to ask Kim for his real reasons for leaving the band. But I’m glad he did as it kicked my arse to get the band into proper shape with people who wanted to be in it. And since then we’ve played some incredible shows and released some awesome music. The “Blast” album being the best record we’ve released since “Bezerk”. So whilst it’s sad when long serving members leave the band. It can also be a positive thing that gives the band an impetus to continue and improve. Not to mention extend the life of the band.

Criss - How was it having original drummer Ace Finchum rejoining the band in 2011? Why do you think it didn't work out again? How was it getting Matt Blakout back in the band?

Jay - Ace rejoining the band was down to Kim and our former manager at the time wanting him back in. I told them all it would never work for all the reasons it hadn’t worked years before.  But they didn’t listen to me and I was foolish enough to finally agree with them. So despite my better judgement, we agreed to Ace rejoining. And from the moment we did, everything I thought would happen did happen. It fell apart. Ace is a nice bloke and I have no problem with him at all. I’m always happy to see him, chat with him and have a beer with him. We always have a laugh. But like so many people, he doesn’t realize what it takes to play in a professional touring band. The work ethic you need, getting yourself where you need to be – and on-time. Being professional, not being a pain in the arse, etc. etc. The list goes on. So it lasted about 5 minutes before it all fell to shit again. And I knew it would. So it was another lesson learned for me. Not that I needed to learn it in the first place. I knew what the outcome would be. But this is what happens when you try and keep EVERYONE happy. Bands just don’t work that way. There has to be someone who leads and makes decisions. And that person in this band is me. And sometimes the decisions I make are wrong or are divisive. But the only reason Tigertailz survives and makes progress is because I work tirelessly to keep it going. If left to previous members, this band would have folded years ago.

Criss - Then again, Matt out and Ace in... A new line-up, now as a five-piece band... Tigertailz recorded a new version of the classic "Fall In Love Again" in 2012. As far as I know, most fans, just like myself, did not enjoy it that much, since then new singer Jules Millis was really not "the right guy for the gig". What do you have to say about this reworked tune, about Millis joining and leaving the band and, once again, having Ace out? 

Jay - After the whole Kim & Sarah departures we were falling apart. It was only Ace and myself left. And to be honest, I’d pretty much given up on the band. Ace was the person who recruited Jules, Jason and Rob. He chose them and I just went along with it. We made the ‘Fall In Love Again’ video and it was clear Jason wasn’t really the right fit for the band. He’s an awesome bass player and a lovely guy. But Tigertailz wasn’t for him and we all knew it. So he kindly stepped down and I have a lot of admiration for him for that. But we were still like a rudderless ship. And again, people being unreasonable / unprofessional. So that meant the band had to change again if it was to survive. The line-up just wasn’t working again. We then did the “Knives” EP, which was a pretty strong record. So Matt came back and Rob took on singing duties. This was a relief and the most obvious choice. Matt’s a solid, reliable and professional drummer and great to get along with. And Rob was already the front man in his own band. So him singing worked straight away. We recruited Berty as bass player (who’s a power house) and things really felt like a band again. It felt more like a proper Tailz line-up than anything we’d had in years. Plus we all get on, sound great and made a fantastic album in “Blast”. People say Tigertailz is an endless revolving door of band members – and this is true. But you don’t close down the football club just because a few players leave. Tigertailz is bigger than any ‘one’ member. That’s why we’re still here after 30+ years.

Criss - Having made the right decision of getting rid of Jules Millis, getting Rob Wylde become Tigertailz's singer and having Matt Blakout rejoin the band again, you guys released the "Knives" EP. How did you feel about these changes at the time and how do you like the songs on it?

Jay - Changes on this line-up are detailed above. As for the songs, I felt “One Life” and “Punched In The Gutz” were monster tracks. And paying tribute to Pepsi’s film “The Shot Collector” was another great tribute to him and the band we created.  So overall I think “Knives” is a solid release.

Criss - How did it feel being part of the worldwide famous Kiss Kruise in 2014? 

Jay - The Kiss Kruise was amazing. We had a ball! Everyone was really great to us – Kiss included. These are the sort of shows and experiences that are why we formed Tailz in the first place. It’s never been about the money or fame. It’s about life experiences and being recognized for creating some great music and playing great shows. As I kid I used to sit and stare at the covers of “Destroyer” and “Kiss Alive II” for hours. Those people were superheroes to me. And not in my wildest dreams could I ever imagine meeting them – let alone playing shows with them. But playing in Tigertailz and working hard to achieve something with this band has meant I have not only met the guys in Kiss, and played major shows with them. But also that they know who my band is - they know who Tigertailz are. That to me means more than anything.

Criss - In 2015 Tigertailz released the "Lost Reelz" album. What was the story behind it?

Jay - "Lost Reelz” came about by the FnA Record Company contacting us and asking us if we had any old material / demos we’d like to release. So we scoured the archives and found a number of tracks that had either never been released, or different demo versions that we’d long since forgot about. The FnA guys also wanted a new track specifically written for their label called “FnA”. So we wrote and recorded that just for that record. So “Lost Reelz” is a record for the true ‘Tailz fan’. The stuff that we all wanted to hear by our favorite bands but never could.

Criss - Now let's talk about Tigertailz's present and future. How has new bass player Berty Burton come into the scene?

Jay - Berty was a friend of Rob’s and lives near him. So they knew each other from playing in local bands around Nottingham. Berty’s a great guy and fantastic bass player. Plus a great guy to be around. So the band is functioning as well as ever at the moment.

Criss - Your new album, "Blast!" is surely not only one of the best albums of the year, but also maybe the band's most powerful release since "Wazbonez". What can you say about "Blast!"? What made you and the band decide to put an album in the vein of old school Tigertailz, which was a move that the band's fans waited for so long?

Jay - "Blast” really came about when we started recording the “Pipped It, Popped It” track. We decided to submit the track as the UK’s Eurovision song entry and, by the time we’d finished the song and video, it kinda shaped our writing for the rest of the “Blast” album. Also, writing those kind of classic Tailz type songs suited Rob’s voice. So the more tracks we wrote in that vein, the more the album just sounded like old-school Tigertailz. And it turned out fantastic. “Blast” is the best album we’ve recorded since “Wazbones” – no Question!

Criss - We can see that not only you but also the band was involved in the writing of "Blast!". Can you talk a little about the writing and recording processes of the album?  

Jay - The songs on “Blast” were written by myself and Rob. Once we knew the direction we were going for, things fell into place pretty quickly. I had a bunch of songs written but Rob also came up with some great tunes for the album. And recording was easy. I would go into the studio and get the basic drums, guitars, bass and backing vocals done. Then Matt would lay down the drums for real. Then we’d get Rob & Berty down to finish the lead vocals and bass. The record came together quickly and it was great to be involved with.

Criss - The songs on "Blast!" sound like a mix of the very two first albums, having elements of both, when it comes to music and image. How does it feel now releasing this album, which sounds as a continuation of what Tigertailz stopped doing around 1991?  

Jay - I think writing and recording those kinds of songs come easy to us. We’re used to what needs to be included in those types of songs having written them over many years. You need to have big hooks and choruses. And wicked guitar riffs, pumping bass. And then massive layers of backing vocals and harmonies over the top. It’s just what Tigertailz have always been about. And what we do best.

Criss - The videos off the album ("Pipped It, Popped It", "Dynamite" and "All The Girls In The World") show what the band's fans are hungry for: lots of attitude, a Glam Rock image and, of course, great songs. Was there any plan to choose which songs would become the videos?

Jay - I completely agree. And it’s nice to see our fans have the intelligence and humor to understand what those songs and videos were about. To show we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Not many people have the brain capacity to see that we have our tongues planted firmly in our cheek in those videos. As for other video releases, we’ve just released “All The Girls”, which was made using footage from our recent ‘Bang Your Head’ show. Which looks great!  And we’ll probably do another funny video for “Just For One Night”, then possibly “Bloodsuckers”, and then the ballad “In The Arms Of Mary”.

TIGERTAILZ - "Pipped It Popped" It  -

TIGERTAILZ - "Dynamite" -

TIGERTAILZ - "All The Girls In The World" -

Criss - What are your own personal favorite songs off "Blast!" and why? 

Jay - For me, the first 3 songs on that album sum up what Tigertailz is all about. The intro, then the opening track “Just For One Night”, just define what me and Pepsi always set out to achieve. Then straight into the super poppy “All the Girls” with its massively catchy chorus just lifts the roof. And then, just when you think it can’t get any better you get “Pipped It Popped It”, which includes all the bubble gum anyone could ever need from a Tailz track. So I defy anyone to listen to those three opening tracks and tell me they aren’t great. Coz they’re fucking sensational!

Criss - The "Blast!" album is so good that Tigertailz could easily release an entire home video with the twelve songs on it. Do you see something similar to it happening at some time soon?

Jay - Yes, this is something we’d like to do. And it may well happen. The “Blast” album has a long way to run yet. We’re only just getting started on it. “Bloodsuckers” and “Just For One Night” up next!

Criss - Being in the business for so many years, you as an artist, are respected both by the critics and the fans. You have been through a lot of ups and downs... Could you tell us a couple of memorable moments of your career? How about a few you'd rather forget?

Jay - The release of our first two albums were pretty memorable. And when the record company called me to say “Bezerk” had entered the mid-week UK charts at No: 23 I lay on my bed and thought we’ve done it. I’d achieved what I always wanted to achieve and that was to play in a band, make music and be recognized for it across the world. That’s what ‘making it’ in a band has always been about for me. So in my eyes I’ve ‘made it’ a thousand times in Tigertailz. Some other memorable moments were playing with and meeting our icons. The bands we’d grown up listening to like Thin Lizzy, UFO, Kiss, Whitesnake, Motely Crue, etc. And spending the day with Gary Moore was special too. He was and is one of my favorite guitar players. So, to chat with him for hours was a real privilege. I loved the guy. He was a genius and tragic we lost him so young. Other not so good moments... The tragedies that have come with this band. Ace’s accident and death of his daughter at the time. And of course, losing Pepsi was and still is a huge loss. And still seems so surreal.

Criss - Is Tigertailz being endorsed by any companies at the moment? If so, what are they and how do you like the gear you're using now?

Jay - We haven’t really taken on many endorsements in recent years as we prefer to do our own thing. Use what gear we like to use. But recently we have hooked up with Dean Markley strings. And Matt also has deals with Agner sticks and Paiste. But that’s about it.

Criss - The next step for Tigertailz is releasing a re-recorded version of your very first three-track EP on vinyl. What led you guys to make such a decision? When is it going to be out?

Jay - It’s now over 30 years since we first recorded that EP. So the timing seemed perfect. We also play most of those songs as part of the live set. So Rob is used to singing them. So we’ve recorded them, the product is finished, it sounds killer, it looks even more killer, and it’s released next week! So get your orders in now people as most of these have already been sold.

Criss - What can the fans expect from Tigertailz for the near future?

Jay - As mentioned, we will be releasing the 30 year anniversary edition of the “Shoot To Kill” EP next week. Plus there will be at least two new videos coming off the “Blast” album. There will also be shows announced for 2017. And I’m also starting work on a special Unplugged show and album – by invite only. So it’s all systems go in Tailzland!

Criss - Any last message you want to leave for the fans who stood by you for more than thirty years, Jay? How can people contact you and the band, and also buy the Tigertailz albums and stuff?

Jay - As always, our Tailz Maniac fans never cease to amaze me. The way you’ve stuck with us for over 30 years is just incredible, I thank you so much and you mean the world to us. You make all the shit worthwhile. And people can contact the band via our Facebook page. Or by emailing our management at           
We love you all. Keep safe, keep rocking and Stay Metal!

Jay Pepper
November 2016