Tigers Jaw
Tigers Jaw


3.5
great

Review

by Corey USER (26 Reviews)
April 19th, 2009 | 87 replies | 21,151 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's kind of what you'd expect from a new band you hear a lot of hype about; Nothing groundbreaking but still enjoyable and somewhat different from a lot of other bands out there today.

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Everyone in the indie music world seems to be aiming for their own distinct sound and the Pennsylvanian quintet, Tigers Jaw are just another mere tadpole in a big lake. With that being said, their self/titled album is very enjoyable and will probably be a big hit for those who are fans of 90's indie rock/emo(whatever it's considered). While their sound draws obvious influence from bands like The Get Up Kids, they do have a pretty unique sound compared some other bands out there today.

There are two sides to Tigers Jaw; the upbeat guitar-driven indie rock side and the deeper more melancholic side, both of which are explored in the opening track, "The Sun." It begins with a few open chords and then slows down into a more sorrowful sounding track, where singer Adam McIwee's cries of "What about your friends? Do they make you happy?" tear a hole through a listener's heart. His vocals go from raw, emotional singing to high-pitched yelps, the former being more appealing. Keyboardist Brianna Collins and bassist Ben Walsh also contribute to vocals as they counter McIwee's voice very nicely.

As far as lyrical content goes, this album has it's ups and downs. The more stronger lyrics come on songs like "Between Your Band And The Other Band" with lines like, "Hoping showing confidence is going to make you stay and every time you talk, well I love everything you say everything we try to start there's something in the way i'll pass it off." and the weaker ones come on songs like "Chemicals" which begins with the somewhat simple line of "We are made from chemicals but what holds us together is much more than that." A good portion of tracks toward the end rely more on the instrumental parts rather than the lyrics. Such as "Heat" carrying a great bassline and keyboards in "Arms Across America." The acoustic, "Never Saw It Coming" is a pretty predictable closing track, despite it's name, and a pretty sloppy one, too with McIwee's off-key singing.

Tigers Jaw's self/titled album isn't anything groundbreaking or mind blowing, but it's good enough. The band members all display their talents very well with solid guitarwork, catchy basslines, good drumming and emotional vocals. I do feel that the keyboards could have been used more on this album. Tigers Jaw are still working out the kinks in their music, but they are still a fairly solid and enjoyable band.

Favorite Songs: I Saw Water, The Sun, Between Your Band And The Other Band.

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Ricven
April 19th 2009



207 Comments


Good review. This sounds like something I would like. I love me some midwest-"emo."

spoon_of_grimbo
April 19th 2009



2240 Comments


this is a brilliant album, i wish i could get a physical copy (but apparently their record label closed...).

reminds me a bit of The Menzingers, especially in the vocals, but obviously more emo-influenced.

astrel
July 2nd 2009



2613 Comments


this is a really fun album.

Looka
September 12th 2009



48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, I Saw Water and Between Your Band are great, but Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine is probably my favorite off this album.

Monsterpoptart
May 5th 2010



193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Scranton represent! Album is very nice and easy to listen to.

Digging: Saintseneca - Dark Arc

HaloDude442
September 1st 2010



688 Comments


Good local band, theres a lot of awesome bands on No Sleep Records, Balance And Composure is another great one.

Winsomniac
September 1st 2010



7942 Comments


Kaleidoscope is a great song. (Balance And Composure)

Raccoonology
November 10th 2010



25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

almost perfect, chemicals is probably the worst song on the album.

Eighty8Percent
November 28th 2010



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great Album

xstaytrue18x
May 14th 2011



550 Comments


so good love these guys.

Digging: Crown of Thornz - Train Yard Blues

pmmets07
August 4th 2011



5792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the worst part of my existence is you can call whenever, BUT I CAN'T WAIT FOREVER

mvood
August 9th 2011



816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I fucking hate the album art of this on Itunes.

In other news this is excellent stuff

Romulus
August 9th 2011



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is awesome

spaceclaw6
August 16th 2011



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Plane vs Tank vs Submarine into I Saw Water blows me away every time I listen to it. Such a great effort.

Spluger
August 25th 2011



1009 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Such a great album. Too bad the same can't really be said about Two Worlds. I mean, It's good, but it sure as hell aint as good as this album.

Rev
December 16th 2011



9301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

god i love this album

pmmets07
December 16th 2011



5792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like two worlds better. it bored me at first but then i sat down and read the lyrics and started to
like it way more.

that being said, i was never your boyfriend is quite possibly the best song ever.

Spluger
January 4th 2012



1009 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think I just might 5 this.

sixthgoldenticket
January 4th 2012



1176 Comments


saw them play between your band and the other band in a basement day after christmas. basically died.

wrecked
January 5th 2012



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i know im late, but this is the best record i heard for months. perfect.



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