GENRE | NEW-OLD EMO
VERDICT | HOT HYBRID POP
LABEL | RUN FOR COVER
RELEASE | 11.23.10
For a group of kids who spent the 90s in elementary school, Scranton PA’s Tigers Jaw understand the spirit and sonic sensibilities of that decade better than most bands today. That knowledge fills their new album, Two Worlds, which could easily make the Best Of lists of many indie bloggers. That is, only if Tigers Jaw wasn’t associated with a certain “uncool” sound called emo.
Nomenclature aside, Tigers Jaw stands at the peak of a national underground punk movement that’s reinventing the emo, and Two Worlds is one of a handful of great albums providing a new twist on a decades-old formula. The sound of the group sits somewhere outside any rigid confines of genre. Songs like “Coil/Recoil” take equal inspiration from Pinkerton-era Weezer and Pavement circa Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain for a bold, visceral experience.
Fortunately, Tigers Jaw doesn’t simply regurgitate familiar indie tropes, and Two Worlds is a surprisingly cohesive album, filled out by a strong, fully fleshed-out voice. The band has mastered the very things that mark their particular sound – sharp, simple guitar hooks; lush, near-minimal keyboard playing; sparse punk drumming, and plenty of guy/girl harmonies – and the group makes it sound as easy to make as it is to listen to. Like the album’s title implies, Two Worlds straddles a couple distinct musical styles, and the result is a heartfelt recording anyone can enjoy, no matter what sound one may ascribe to.
TIGERS JAW RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT THE DEMOCRACY CENTER FRI. 12.17.10