TAT performing on Warped Tour in 2009
|Origin||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Punk rock, Rock, Alternative|
|Labels||Red Wagon Records, EX Records|
|Associated acts||The Vegas Tones, Sack Trick|
|Website||Band's MySpace page|
|Past members||Nick Kent
TAT is a rock/punk band hailing from London, England.
Early years (2003–2005)
The band, originally a quartet, was founded in 2003 by a 15-year-old Tatiana DeMaria. In 2004 they released their debut single, 'Peace Sex & Tea' which charted in the UK's top 100, followed by their 'Pessimist' EP, a live recording of part of their set from Reading Festival 2004, which entered the BBC's Official Rock Chart at number 18. Both Single/EP were released independently through EX Records in conjunction with the Extreme Sports Channel. As the band started making ripples, they earned a support slot with The Offspring and HorrorPops in Paris, where they were exposed to 13,000 people.
Throughout 2005, TAT experienced several lineup changes which eventually saw the band become a trio, with the inclusion of bassist Nick Kent and drummer Jake Reed. After more UK touring, they flew to Poland to join Coalition For Kids, a two-week stadium tour to raise money for terminally ill children.
CCS & USA debut (2006–2008)
2006 saw the release of their next single, 'Champagne Cocaine & Strawberries', which they released and distributed themselves. During this period, Jake Reed briefly left the band and was replaced by former drummer Robin Guy until his return. For this reason, Robin can be seen in the promotional video for 'Champagne Cocaine & Strawberries'. It was later this year that the band embarked on the Vans Warped Tour for the first time, playing the second month of the travelling festival on the ShiraGirl stage.
In 2007, TAT toured the UK and Europe with such notable punk acts as NOFX and The Bouncing Souls (whom they met on Warped Tour '06) as well as Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Draft and The Loved Ones. In October, they spent three weeks in Atlanta, GA where they recorded the bulk of their debut album.
TAT released their album preview EP entitled 'This Is...TAT' in 2008. They completed the Vans Warped Tour and embarked on several other North American/Canadian tours with Alice Cooper, Lagwagon and MxPx.
Soho Lights (2008–2010)
Soho Lights, the band's long-awaited debut album, was released on 28 October 2008 through their own label, Red Wagon Records, with nationwide distribution across the USA via Sony's RED Distribution. However, the album was not initially released in the UK, which caused frustration for both the band and their home fans. The album later found a digital UK release through iTunes, but never in a physical format.
After a short break over the festive period and playing a one off homecoming show in London, The band returned to the USA in February for a Californian tour with Pennywise and Authority Zero. Nick Kent was unable to attend the tour due to a wrist operation and was temporarily replaced by Nick Stagnaro of Good Guys In Black for all shows. In March and April, TAT embarked on their first solo American tour, and in the Summer they played the entire 2009 Warped Tour, performing on the Hurley stage.
A fall tour with Social Distortion was scheduled and promoted; however, TAT later announced that due to unforeseen circumstances they would be unable to perform. In September, the band started writing material for their second full-length album. Tatiana also lent her vocals to Reel Big Fish's 2009 album of covers, Fame, Fortune, and Fornication, where she sang a duet with Aaron Barrett on Talk Dirty to Me.
Second album and future (2011–present)
In 2011 TAT announced that they were back in the studio recording their second up album and appeared on Warped Tour 2011 bringing some of their new material to the live set along with a handful of LA, NY and UK shows. During this time Tatiana wrote and produced several songs for the soundtrack of Blue Crush 2, the direct-to-DVD sequel of 2002's Blue Crush, which TAT performed along with a cover of the Allman brother's Soulshine.
In December 2011 the band self-released the EP Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. The EP contained previously unreleased songs that didn't appear on Soho Lights and songs that would not appear on the follow up album .
In 2015 TAT released a new song titled 'Anxiety' and embarked on the full 2015 Vans a Warped Tour through the US and Canada for two months. TAT are currently in the studio finishing up their follow up album scheduled for a 2017 release.
- Soho Lights (2008, Red Wagon Records)
- Pessimist – Live from Another Wasted Summer (2004, Ex Records)
- Peace Sex & Tea (2004, Ex Records)
- 4 Track EP (2006, self-released)
- This Is...TAT (2008, self-released)
- TAT-Acoustic EP (2010, Acoustic versions of four songs from Soho Lights)
- Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (2011, self-released)
Peace Sex & Tea
Peace Sex & Tea was the debut release for UK-based band TAT.
- "Peace Sex & Tea" – 4:00
- "Bloodstain" – 2:49
- "Live For Rock" – 2:34
- Tatiana DeMaria – vocals, guitar
- Tim Vanderkuill (as Tim Vanderkill) – guitar
- Damon Wilson (as Damonski) – drums
- James Bailes (as Spreader) - bass
All Tracks written by Tatiana DeMaria except "Bloodstain" written by Tatiana DeMaria and Tim Vanderkill
- "Champagne Cocaine & Strawberries" (2006, self-released)
- "I Don't Want To (Love You)" (2009, Red Wagon Records)
- Work Hard PR
- Peace Sex & Tea @ Amazon.com
- Pessimist @ Amazon.com
- Critique du concert de Offspring le 16 Mars 2004, Paris - Bercy (In French)
- TAT Fans - Biography
- Coalition For Kids
- Champagne Cocaine & Strawberries @ Rhapsody.com
- Champagne Cocaine & Strawberries video @ Myspace.com
- NOFX / The Loved Ones / Tat - Brixton Academy, London on Sunday 4 November 2007
- Bouncing Souls official website - 02.16.07 news article
- Buzznet.com article - You're Gonna Love TAT
- Lagwagon/MXPX 'I'm Kind Of A Big Deal' tour poster
- CMJ News Story
- Pledge for new EP
- TAT Official Website
- An Interview With TAT on Shattered Glass Media
- TAT interview with PlayBackPress.com