Barnabas Miller knew he wanted to be a drummer/singer in a cover band comprised of YA authors at an early age. He quit Rodeph Sholom Day School just three days before his Bar Mitzvah and enrolled at Kelly Keagy’s Night Ranger School for Singer/Drummers. After performing “Sister Christian,” “Turn It On” by Genesis, and the Eagles’ “Hotel California” thrice a day every day for five straight years, he was awarded the Levon Helm Singer/Drummer Prize, which he parlayed into a spot at Julliard’s lesser known Master of None program. There he studied writer-drummer-singing with Kyra Shangwich, the New York Times bestselling author of I Died and the Raging Cooties series. Tiger Beat is the culmination of his life’s work.
The origins of vocalist Libba “LL Cool” Bray are shrouded in mystery and glitter, which, like the woman herself, is very hard to get out of everything it touches. Some say the Texas preacher’s daughter bounced in and out of reform school where she staged productions of Marat/Sade while clothed in full-body Spanx that once cut off the oxygen supply to her brain for a full ten minutes. Others claim she was raised in a circus tent by a family of drag queen political activists who staged elaborately choreographed protests to Bjork records. After the infamous Doritos Nacho Cheese Powder Incident of 2006, she ascended a mountaintop in her mind and never fully returned. They still have not found all her clothes. It’s best not to look her in the eyes. Seriously, save yourselves.
Natalie “G-Nat” Standiford first picked up the bass after accidentally setting fire to her roommate, Miffy Birnbaum’s, imitation Dior bedspread at Miss Pickleworth’s Finishing School for Young Ladies. "Its tackiness offended me," she offered in her defense, through a cloud of clove cigarette smoke. Expelled from Baltimore high society, Nat traveled the country slapping the bass for the seminal Riot Grrrl band, Yoko Ono, Dos, Tres, and later supported herself via her oversized sunglasses line—Oui, Ennui—carried at many fine stores in Williamsburg. Voted "Most Likely to Appear as a Character in a Wes Anderson Tribute Film," Nat is known for cupping the chins of her fans and whispering, “You remind me of a time when I was happy. Stay gold.”
Dan “Knuckles” Ehrenhaft honed his guitar chops on the streets of Hong Kong, rocking the clubs of Kowloon with such world-renowned artists as MC Extra Cheese, MC Skin ‘N Bones, and middle-aged aerialist Gwendoline Gao. His love of hummus and bookstore events ultimately drew him back to New York where he became a YA author and spent sixteen years playing spoons, Jew's harp, and washtub bass for Lexy's Midnight Runners, Park Slope's only Dexy's Midnight Runners cover band. Now known as one of Brooklyn's foremost hootenanny curators, his epic folk poem Lint can be found online and elsewhere.