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PULP talks touring, killer van names and that new J. Cole hotness with Colorado Springs very own Tigerwine.   I meet up with the members of Tigerwine at a decidedly hip joint called the Principal’s Office, somewhat ironic considering the baby-faced gentlemen comprising Tigerwine don’t look all that far removed from an admonishment in an actual principal’s office. But looks, as …

PULP talks touring, killer van names and that new J. Cole hotness with Colorado Springs very own Tigerwine.
 
I meet up with the members of Tigerwine at a decidedly hip joint called the Principal’s Office, somewhat ironic considering the baby-faced gentlemen comprising Tigerwine don’t look all that far removed from an admonishment in an actual principal’s office.
But looks, as the old saying goes, can be deceiving.
The music of Tigerwine conveys the seemingly endless no-mans land between adolescence and adulthood, the time in life where so many struggle between the push and pull of responsibility vs. freedom. And these boys do it well, almost wearing it like a badge of honor, with monster towering riffs, soaring melodies and lyrical hearts on metaphorical sleeves.
We caught up with them a couple days before they hit the road.
 
PULP: So are you guys excited for this upcoming tour?Hayden (Trobee/guitar and vocals)  // We are super pumped.Steve (Lichtenwalter/ drums) // We’re doing like 20 days. Gonna be so fun. Gonna go out the the (West) Coast. I’m real excited.Sean (McKnight/ bass guitar) //  Oh, yeah. So excited. We’ve done a lot of week long tours, but never anything this long. No A/C in the van.Hayden: We don’t need it.Sean: In July, we drove out to Chicago for a show, and it was just 14 hours of the hottest weather ever. We were dying.Steve: So now this tour we’re gonna drive through Arizona. Oh my God. It’ll be greeeeaat. (entire band laughs)PULP: You have a cool name for the van?Hayden: We haven’t even thought about it, have we?Sean:  I like Van Akroyd a lot.Hayden: Oh yeah! We have! Or Van Halen. There’s been a million of them though.PULP: How long has Tigerwine been a band for?Steve: This band has existed for 3 years, but before then we were a band for about a year called Eyes. But when our buddy left Eyes, we just decided to change it up. Keep going.Sean: We were all real young. Just like 18, 19, something like that.PULP: What does Tigerwine even mean?Sean: Well, I don’t know necessarily what Tigerwine means, but it started when I read this article about people using tigers to make wine somehow. It’s a really messed up process, and it was frustrating to read about. Later on, Hayden and I were talking about it, and then we decided somehow that Tigerwine just sounded cool, even if it is messed up.Hayden: Also, when we decided on it, we were 2 days from our first show and REALLY needed a name for the flyer.PULP: So do you FEEL like Tigerwine now?Sean: Yes. It took a while though.Hayden: Oh yeah, definitely. We grew into it. At first it was a “just for now” thing, but it stuck. Steve hated it (laughs)Steve: Ugh, I totally did. I just recently have begun to be okay with it.
 
TIGERMINE_by_Jacki Vitetta_3PULP: As a band, you guys seem to defy a lot of music genre trappings. Different elements of different types of music. What do you think Tigerwines’ genre is?Sean: I feel like we’re still trying to figure that out, actually.Steve: And really, it’s just getting weirder all the time. Because sometimes we all have different ideas of what genres even are to begin with.What’s poppy or maybe sludgy to Sean may be totally different to me, or vice versa.Hayden: Yeah. I’ve recently started to think is that I feel like we’re a love letter to all of our favorite bands. And I know that may sound really cheesy, but when it all started out, we’d all come together with these different ideas that were so similar to what we were listening to. And it kind of still is. Like a tribute to everything we’ve ever loved.PULP: How do you feel about not just playing, but living in Colorado Springs?Sean: Uh oh. Steve?Steve: (Laughs) To be honest, I hated Springs growing up. and I was wrong. When I moved here from Castle Rock, I didn’t know there was a (music) scene here at all, but I guess I just wasn’t in the right places, because apparently these guys were involved. I always went to bigger shows at the Black Sheep, but I never knew there were awesome local shows too. And now the Black Sheep has been so welcoming to us and a big help.Hayden: Now the Flux (Capacitor, CO Springs DIY venue) is open too, and they’re great. We love that place. Ostrows, we love you too!Sean: I feel like we’re really lucky. I grew up in Salida, and from when I moved here 5 years ago, to what it is now, is amazing. It’s starting to get noticed. And there’s a lot of amazing musicians coming from here. Such amazing stuff is coming from here right now. and I feel real fortunate to be a part of it.PUL…
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