Local Hi-Fi: Issue 3
Do you love hip hop? Are you smart enough to get jazz? If you answered yes to these two questions, then have I found a little something something for you! Tiger Speak is a new Boston band comprised of transplants from all over the states. The eight, yes, EIGHT members of the band,
Carter Lee -- Bass
Corey Hendricks -- Guitar
Samson Mengstab -- Keys
Matt Phenix -- Drums
Ryan Easter -- MC/Trumpet
Michael Summer -- Tenor Sax
Jared Yee -- Tenor Sax
Jake Baldwin -- Trumpet
started moving to Boston a few years ago for school. Most of the members are currently going to or have graduated from Berklee School of Music. The newest band member, Ryan Easter, moved to Boston only a few months ago from Virginia. And within those few months, Tiger Speak has dropped their first album. The self-titled album was recorded locally at The Record Company, a non-profit recording studio owned and operated by Berklee alum Matthew McArthur. The band made it a point to mention how appreciative they are of having the Record Company in Boston: “There is no way we would have been able to record this album without the Record Company.”
The album dropped on March 14, and they headlined the release show at Church.
The following night they played All Asia
Tiger Speak’s fusion of jazz and hip hop makes sense and they pull it off flawlessly. Though Tiger Speak is heavily hip hop inspired and oriented, they still take their time and stay with a semi-traditional jazz formula; throughout their songs, individual band members take the spotlight and exhibit their talents. This gives the band a unique, smooth sound. When asked about their style Corey said,
“We all love hip hop… Most of us started playing jazz because, we went to school for music. And though we aren’t necessarily happy with the direction traditional jazz is going, we’re not trying to change the game or anything. We’re just creating music.”
As far as a favorite song off the new album, the members were split between “87″ and “New Joint”. After listening to the album a few times, my favorite song is “Fly Out.”
The album is available to buy or stream here so give it a listen!
Now here’s a kick ass video of “87″
Tiger puts on a great performance during their live show. The eight musicians are extremely energetic and Ryan the front man demands the crowd’s full attention from beginning to end. But don’t take my word for it, go check them out for yourself. And when you decide to follow my advice and treat yourself to a great night out with Tiger Speak…
BE PREPARED TO DANCE!