Tigers Jaw - Two Worlds

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Indie, Punk, Rock
Run For Cover Records
Tigers Jaw
Two Worlds
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There aren't enough good things to say about Tigers Jaw.  Everything from their vocal delivery to the subtle keyboards sprinkled throughout their new album, Two Worlds, is done in such a fashion that one is left in a state of awe after listening.  The songs play as if they are one cohesive unit, meant to be listened to straight through from front to back.  This is possibly the album that Brand New never made.

Sure, Tigers Jaw isn’t the next Brand New, and vocalists Adam McIlwee and Ben Walsh are no Jesse Lacey, but that doesn’t mean they don’t take you on one hell of a ride.  Just listen to the harmonizing found in such tracks as “Windmills” and the acoustic “I Saw the Wolf,” where keyboardist Brianna Collins lends her pipes, with the latter track being especially haunting.  Much like Jordan Brown and Matt Wilson complement each other vocally for Set Your Goals, McIlwee and Walsh surpass them.  With roughly delivered vocals adding to the raw feel of the record, you can sense the emotion that was poured in to these songs.  “Buona Pizza,” for instance, oozes emotion, as does follow-up track “Static.”  Listen to the way the instrumentation pulls you in on “Static,” just before the screams of bassist Dennis Mishko kick in; if that doesn’t create some sort of emotional response in you, you should check to make sure you have a pulse.

Honestly, there isn’t one track that feels out of place.  The only complaint about the album is its brevity, clocking in at just over 25 minutes.  However short the album may be, it doesn’t take away from how good an album such a young band has crafted.  Whoever is in charge of finding talent at Run For Cover Records sure has a good ear, as Tigers Jaw is a band that may be capable of reviving yet another dying scene, without the help of anyone else.  With enough pop sensibility to keep you singing along, yet with enough raw emotion to keep hipsters and, for lack of a better word, punks happy, Tigers Jaw seem poised to take the indie world by storm.  This is the band that Sunny Day Real Estate would be in 2010. 

1. Return
2. Coil/Recoil
3. Smile
4. Two Worlds
5. Let Go/Trashed Floor
6. Test Pattern
7. Windmills
8. I Saw The Wolf
9. Buona Pizza
10. Static
11. Thank You, Noah Lowry

Tigers Jaw is an indie rock band from Scranton, PA. They have four albums, Belongs To The Dead on Summersteps Records, a self-titled album on Prison Jazz Records and Buona Pizza on JFK Records and most recently, a split EP with Balance and Composure on Run for Cover Records.

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