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Author's Rating
Vocals 8.25
Musicianship 8.25
Lyrics 8.5
Production 8.5
Creativity 8
Lasting Value 7.5
Reviewer Tilt 9.25
Final Verdict: 83%
Member Ratings
Vocals 8.44
Musicianship 8.44
Lyrics 9
Production 7.38
Creativity 7.44
Lasting Value 8.81
Reviewer Tilt 9.5
Average: 84%
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Tigers Jaw - Tigers Jaw

Reviewed by: Thomas Nassiff (04/13/10)
Tigers Jaw - Tigers Jaw
Record Label: Prison Jazz
Release Date: September 23, 2008

Let's face it, the only reason anybody knows anything about Scranton, Pennsylvania is because of The Office. In fact, without the adored workplace comedy, I would be pressed to say that I would even know that Scranton existed. By all accounts, Tigers Jaw are out to change that. With their own brand of punk-tinged indie rock, the group are out to prove that Scranton is more than just the vessel for a critically acclaimed sitcom.

On their Prison Jazz Records debut full-length, Tigers Jaw introduce listeners to a sound that seemingly has two personas. There is the stripped down, upbeat, guitar-centered indie rock that kicks off songs like album opener "The Sun" and fan favorite "I Saw Water", and there is the slower, more thoughtful face that Tigers Jaw don sporadically throughout the self-titled record. The combination, reminiscent of early emo-punk outfits Saves the Day and The Get Up Kids, might not be anything new, but it's still very much appreciated.

Tigers Jaw is fueled by emotionally-driven lyrics brought to life by vocalist Adam McIwee, whose voice is one of those that reveal passion while at the same time giving the impression that he's barely trying. Aforementioned opener "The Sun" is one of the better tracks on the album, offering up a well-organized mix of Tigers Jaw's two personas. During the chorus, McIwee's cries of "And what about your friends / Do they make you happy?" are sure to grab the attention of more than just one listener right from the outset. Sandwiched between this and "I Saw Water", Tigers Jaw's most upbeat song, is "Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine", an acoustic number that I hope won't be forgotten in between its phenomenal bookends.

"I Was Never Your Boyfriend" shows Tigers Jaw's knack for making simple riffs and progressions sound nothing short of beautiful. This song and others like "Between Your Band and the Other Band" and "Arms Across America" are sure to be excellent when performed live. The band can slow everything down and deliver in-your-face, emotional one-liners just as fast as they can speed everything up and have everyone rocking out, head banging by themselves in a packed venue. Finally, closer "Never Saw It Coming" begins with an acoustic guitar and a slew of drawn-out vocals by McIwee, keyboardist Brianna Collins, and bassist Ben Walsh, who assist in the vocals throughout the record. It progresses into a distorted, reverberated explosion that, let's face it, we all saw coming.

Tigers Jaw sounds to me like the album Brand New didn't write in between Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu. While this might come across as a presumptuous statement to people who have never heard the group, giving the album a spin might give you an idea as to what I'm trying to describe here. The raw emotion of Brand New's early days is present, but doesn't override the mature, settled sound that we all grew to love on Deja. If you don't listen to Tigers Jaw, now is the perfect time to start as they are set to re-release this record, release a split EP with Balance & Composure, and record and release a new full-length this year on Run for Cover records.

Recommended If You LikeThe Get Up Kids, Saves the Day, Your Favorite Weapon, indie rock, The Office, coal mining

Download These First"The Sun", "I Saw Water", "I Was Never Your Boyfriend"

Bare Essentials1. The Sun
2. Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine
3. I Saw Water
4. Chemicals
5. Between Your Band and the Other Band
6. Heat
7. I Was Never Your Boyfriend
8. Meals On Wheels
9. Arms Across America
10. Never Saw It Coming
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03:21 AM on 04/13/10
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I guess I need to give this band a listen soon.
03:53 AM on 04/13/10
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Sounds like I might like this. Definitely going to be giving this a listen.
04:08 AM on 04/13/10
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Sounds like I might like this. Definitely going to be giving this a listen.
Definitely. I know you dig the classic rock/pop punk styles, we're both uncannily similar in that sense, so I think this will be right up your alley. I was surprised there wasn't a staff review for this already, it came out like a year and a half ago.
04:37 AM on 04/13/10
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Definitely. I know you dig the classic rock/pop punk styles, we're both uncannily similar in that sense, so I think this will be right up your alley. I was surprised there wasn't a staff review for this already, it came out like a year and a half ago.
I'd heard the band's name floating around, but simply never bothered to look into them. The RIYL caught my attention immediately, but after reading what you wrote and your Brand New reference, this sounds like a cool record. Any clue when they'll be releasing their next album? I'll have to make sure I get accustomed to this one before then!
04:57 AM on 04/13/10
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I'd heard the band's name floating around, but simply never bothered to look into them. The RIYL caught my attention immediately, but after reading what you wrote and your Brand New reference, this sounds like a cool record. Any clue when they'll be releasing their next album? I'll have to make sure I get accustomed to this one before then!
Their split with Balance & Composure drops May 11, and the 12" pre-orders sold out in two days, I think. Pre-orders are still up for the CD and digital though. Tigers Jaw have four songs on that, a few days before that they have an acoustic EP coming out which is just two songs re-recorded from this album, and finally their next full length is supposed to come back late summer/early fall I think.
07:57 AM on 04/13/10
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This cd is so awesome. Glad to see these guys get some attention.
08:19 AM on 04/13/10
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Good review! Sounds like a winner to me; never heard of this band before.
11:04 AM on 04/13/10
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Definitely check them out. Seems like other bands that are kind of on the same plane they are, like Title Fight, are starting to explode but Tigers Jaw are still on the ground.
01:22 PM on 04/13/10
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"Let's face it, the only reason anybody knows anything about Scranton, Pennsylvania is because of The Office."
That is true for me.
"Tigers Jaw sounds to me like the album Brand New didn't write in between Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu."
And that sounds awesome. I also like The Get Up Kids comaparison. Sounds like my cup of tea.
02:54 PM on 04/13/10
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great review, checking these guys out now.
04:11 PM on 04/13/10
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I love this album. It's one of my favorite pop punk albums.

Also, I'm pissed off that I didn't get the acoustic 7" in time. Sorry, I needed to vent.
04:52 PM on 04/13/10
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great review, checking these guys out now.
Thanks, dude. Enjoy!
04:54 PM on 04/13/10
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I love this album. It's one of my favorite pop punk albums.

Also, I'm pissed off that I didn't get the acoustic 7" in time. Sorry, I needed to vent.
Haha I (think) I might have gotten the very last one! Like five minutes after I ordered mine, RFC put it up on their twitter that it was sold out. Also, I don't understand why people think this is pop punk...it's like called The Dangerous Summer pop punk.
06:00 PM on 04/13/10
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Good review.
After listening to a couple of songs, the band ain't too shabby, either.
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