Butserfest Interview: Tigress

After what turned out to be their biggest festival show to date, we spoke to Tigress about their experiences at Butserfest, the past year and the next few months to come.

I was on the barrier for you at Warped UK last year and you’ve come a long way since then. How would you say the past year has been?

Katy Jackson, vocals: It’s been challenging because we’ve been learning lots of things along the way and developing our sound as Tigress. It has been really fun though because of those things, and we’ve had fun experimenting and working with new people so we’ve been having a really good year. It’s been different to anything else we’ve done! It’s been rather experimental…

On that subject then, congratulations on the EP! Have you got anything you can reveal about the new material?

Sean Bishop, guitar: We just shot a new music video!

Katy: Yeah there’s a video coming up, and we’re going into the studio in November which is booked in, confirmed and all the rest. We’ll have some new stuff out early next year, probably another EP and I personally think they’re the best songs we’ve ever written. We’re really excited to get them done.

Sean: Definitely, they are strong [laughs]

How’s your experience of Butserfest been so far?

All: So wet!

Josh Coombes, drums: I’m actually enjoying the rain, it’s refreshing so it’s been good.

Katy: If it was sunny, this would be a perfect day.

Sean: Well, we were playing in the [Crossroads Stage] so it was good for us because it meant our tent was full [laughs]. We had a packed-out crowd, it was awesome.

Just in terms of Katy and Sean, how did the covers series come about and how do you choose tracks?

Katy: I just go with what I like at that moment, to be honest. Me and Sean work together on them all so he does a lot of the hard work and I just have to sing with my own spin on it really, then sort out if I’m doing a collab[oration] or solo.

Sean: Yeah, you just turn up and sing… [laughs]

Katy: It sounds like we’re joking but this is a serious thing outside Tigress. I really like doing the covers and I think the hardest part is picking a song because some songs are just really hard to change to make them sound really different so some we’ve started and then not finished.

Sean: Yeah, you don’t want it to sound the same as the original so you’ve got to put some sort of twist on it but then sometimes you start it and when it’s finished you’re like “that sounds weird” and you just can’t put it out.

Katy: It’s cool though because we’ve had some really good feedback from the artists we cover, so I think we must be doing something right.

Starting today, are there any bands you’re going to be seeing live?

Katy: Today, we’ll probably watch Young Guns and Mallory Knox just because they’re faves, I watched Faultlines earlier. We’re going to see Bring Me The Horizon in October on the Halloween date so with Enter Shikari that will be so good. I really want to make sure I see Twenty One Pilots again… It’s hard because a lot of the people I love and really want to see the tickets just go and I hate that, we need more shows for those bands.

Tom Harrison, guitar: I’m seeing Steel Pather soon, that’s going to be a amazing! A Day To Remember as well, and Jimmy Eat World. I’m going to have no money at all [laughs]

Katy: I mean, I’d love to be on all these tours as well… We’ve got one more festival in the season then back to the studio and hopefully people will like the new stuff as well and we’ll get some awesome tours.

Have you got a tour planned for after recording?

Katy: We’re planning to tour, but we haven’t got anything down yet. We’ve just signed to a new booking agency so lots of things are new and fresh. It all just takes time though so we’ll have to wait.

Would you rather do a tour supporting someone to play huge shows or your own headliners?

Sean: I would absolutely rather have a headline show where they’re there to see us, the vibe is just so much better. When you do a headline show and the people there see you, it’s just the best feeling; when you do support shows it’s fun but of course the crowd don’t get into it as much. 

Katy: Yeah, you’re winning over new people so they don’t know the songs or anything. We’ll just steal some fans like that and then get them to our headliners next time! [laughs]


Huge thanks to Tigress for taking the time out to chat to us, read the review of their set in our overall Butserfest review here.

Here’s their latest video for current single Power Lines

In The Spotlight: Fresh

This is a new section on Musicology by James called In The Spotlight, aimed at exposure for new and smaller bands of any description and the first band into The Spotlight is UK punk band Fresh.

Basic Info

Kathryn, 19 (guitar & vocals), James 23, (guitar), Daniel, 29 (drums), George, 32 (bass and vocals)

Kathryn:I can’t remember where the name “Fresh” comes from. We’ve stuck with it because it’s an obvious kind of band name, so it stays with you. Plus, it’s fun to say “hey, we’re fresh” on stage. We all live in London, but only I’m from there. James is from Kent, Dan is from Essex and George is originally from near Bristol. We’re inspired by feminism and friendship so that’s also hopefully what people think of when they listen to [our songs] and see us. I want people to think of us as an inclusive band that write honest songs which are fun to sing along to.

The Past

Kathryn: “I played bass in a band with James that didn’t work out, so we started Fresh up as a two-piece. We had another bassist and drummer before Dan and George but both of them couldn’t tour for various reasons. I met Dan and George at a Power Lunches show. They play in a band call Sad Blood and we were supporting them. I thought they were amazing. We planned a Sad Blood and Fresh weekender for January and, because our bassist and drummer at the time couldn’t travel, Dan and George offered to do double duty and learn the songs for the three shows. 

That weekend was so amazing and we all clicked so well that they joined the band! It was a no-brainer. They’re perfect for Fresh as musicians and they’re the kind of people that you can spend long amounts of time with and not hate, which is important.

Besides that weekender, we just finished four dates in the south west with a really great band called Murderhouse. They’re the only two “tours” we’ve done (if you can call them that) but we often drive to nearby cities like Brighton and Southampton for standalone shows.


The Present

Kathryn: The most pressing thing for Fresh right now is to get writing and recording. Our last release was an EP in November so it’s probably about time.

The Future

We have a couple of tours tentatively planned later this summer that’ll be fun if they work out. Other than writing a really good release, we want to do longer shows and branch out a bit. We’ve never played up north, and we’ve never left the UK. I’d love to go to Ireland, and eventually I’d also be well up for Europe. In the grand scope of my life, I’d like to play music and not have to hold down a job. I’m not the “job” type. I can confidently speak for all of us and say that we just want good times and good shows from this band. There’s nothing funner than playing a good set with bands you like. That’s what it’s all about.

Huge thanks to Kathryn and the others in Fresh for this interview, and High Tides Photography for the pics.

To check out the band’s music go to their Bandcamp, and to follow their progress go to their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter (@freshpunks) or follow them on Instagram (@freshpunks)

To check out High Tides’ photos, go to the Facebook page.

If you and/or your band would be interested in going In The Spotlight, fire us over an email to Editor Lauren at lauren@musicology-online.co.uk and go from there