The first time I heard a Tiger Pussy song was a couple of years ago when I was “working” in a recording studio called House of Indies. I don’t know if that was really work, I spent a lot of time hanging out and getting drunk with my hommies. One day in the mixing room, the sound engineer played “When You Were Young You Called Everyone a Bitch,” it had this raw punk rock feel, groovy melody, and angry orgasms on vocals. As a songwriter, I was floored by how good the song was. I’ve never heard anything like it; the closest thing I could compare it to was the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s had sex with classic punk rock like The Sex Pistols, which had an affair with an upbeat Joy division song and had a baby. Yes, their music is that good. The lo-fi D.I.Y music production suited their music; real punk rock was never meant to be meticulously produced. The raw emotion of the songs translated well, it’s dirty, wild, and straight forward; music that speaks a certain truth.

I’m actually good friends with the singer, Jan Sunday. She said their music is an outlet for all of their frustrations in life; it’s raw, fun and feisty. And to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t want to listen to a band with such a badass name such as Tiger Pussy, if they sang about fireworks, babies, and the days surrounding Friday. So it only makes sense that their music is aggressive. I’ve met most of them; they’re really mellow, nice people. That’s the beauty of music; it allows us to express whatever the hell we want.

Asides from their music, I love the band’s work ethic. These guys played tons of gigs in Cebu (most of which weren’t at the best venues), they toured Luzon, and came up with a record. On top of all of the hard work, given their music’s true punk rock nature, I can only imagine that stage time didn’t come easy for this band; it’s chaos on stage every time these guys perform. Just cuz two of them are girls, don’t expect harmony and a songbird in what you’ll hear. I think the only productions that gave this band both hands were the ever faithful Harakirimosh and Cebu’s hardcore beacon, Struggle for Radical Action(SRA). A lot of bands take stage time for granted, and act like divas; Tiger Pussy played at a car wash in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in Lapu-lapu… for free. Now if that’s not passion, I don’t think it exists.

If you think their record is aggressive, their live performances will blow your mind. Angry guys screaming  incomprehensible lyrics is something you’d expect in a punk or hardcore show, but it’s very rare for a female-fronted band to do this (at least for me).  Tiger Pussy raises the bar for aggression in live shows; guys routinely feel their manhood challenged playing alongside them. I guess what I’m really trying to say is, for a female fronted band, Tiger Pussy has iron balls. Their energy kicks ass, man.

I love how this band made an identity for themselves. While most of Cebu’s female-fronted bands are joining the band wagon in becoming carbon copies of Paramore (Yes I’m criticizing you. There’s a difference between being inspired by someone and doing exactly what that person is doing, and joining the fad. Be more creative, because it’s starting to get sad), this band paved its own way and became who they are today, like no other band in Cebu. If you want longevity in doing music, you should stay true to who you are, work hard, be smart, and be creative. This band did just that, and that’s why they’re Tiger Pussy, they’re a band from Cebu worth remembering.

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