Tiger Army has announced the cancellation of their annual Octoberflame Festival, so that they can focus on finishing their long-awaited follow up to 2007's, Music from Regions Beyond. The band says they've written many of the songs for the new record, and also confirm they are planning to go into the studio soon. The album should be out in 2015, and the band will be going on tour to support it.
They also stress they're only canceling this years Octoberflame, and that the festival is not over for good.
"To everyone who's a part of the Tiger Armyâ¦ Good news and bad news - the bad news is that for the first time since it started in 2008, Tiger Army's Octoberflame festival will NOT be happening in 2014. The GOOD news is that Octoberflame is on hold this year so that work can progress with the fifth Tiger Army album, out in 2015!
Octoberflame has happened six times thus far. Constantly evolving, it began in Orange County, but has included other locations over the years like Los Angeles, Pomona and as far north as San Francisco. It's ranged from two nights to six. It's featured special sets like the performance of the entire 'II: Power of Moonlite' album, or the 'Early Years' set with guest drummer Adam Carson.
Whether it was playing deep cuts (EVERY song recorded by Tiger Army has been performed over the various years), debuting one-off covers from influences like the Ramones, onstage musical guests, top support acts or "meet & greets", we've always tried to deliver the most special shows possible in recognition of the support you all have given us.
The one thing we didn't do was play new Tiger Army songs. To me, that's what we really need to make the next Octoberflame special. As we did more unique things each year, it became a bigger challenge to deliver something new. More and more time was invested in preparation, time that will now be used to make a new Tiger Army record a reality!
I'm happy to report that many of these new songs have now been written. I'm so excited for you all to hear them - I waited for true inspiration to come and it did. Getting these songs to the studio and bringing them into the world is being planned now.
For the past few years, you've traveled to us from all over the world - when the new album arrives next year, Tiger Army will once again tour to you, like we did for so many years.
Halloween traces back to ancient autumn festivals that celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth from the earth. A time of great renewal is coming for us and it's drawing nearerâ¦
So THANK YOU to all who've stayed loyal - just like Tiger Army, Octoberflame will be back!"