Entries tagged with: Tigers Jaw
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Queen Jesus is the band led by former Tigers Jaw drummer Pat Brier. He also currently drums in Three Man Cannon, and in Queen Jesus he's backed by other members of that band and Kite Party. You may recognize Pat's voice from the slowcore/shoegaze-inspired track on Tigers Jaw's Charmer, "I Envy Your Apathy," and that sort of slow sad stuff is what he makes in Queen Jesus too. QJ is a little more raw and reverby than Tigers Jaw though, sounding like the lo-fi introverts of '90s indie.
Queen Jesus will release their debut album, Darkness, Yeah, Yeah on September 23 via Stereophonodon and its new single, "Water From The Rock," premieres in this post. Check it out below.
Queen Jesus have a hometown show with Scott & Charlene's Wedding happening this month and then they'll kick off a tour with Philly's The Spirit of the Beehive (who just toured with Cayetana). That tour hits NYC on October 3 at The Flat with Field Guides.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
photos by Mimi Hong
Touche Amore / Tigers Jaw @ Revolution - 7/15/14
Touche Amore brought their ongoing tour with Tigers Jaw and Dads through the NYC-area for a sold-out Long Island show at Revolution Bar & Music Hall Tuesday night (7/15). TA mostly split the set between their two most recent albums, Is Survived By and Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, but included others as well, like early fan favorite "Honest Sleep," the song from their Pianos Become the Teeth split, and a cover of The National's "Available" with clean vocals (!) until the song's ending, of course. Check out a very short clip of that with Jeremy Bolm doing his best Matt Berninger impression, below. The recording will appear on the upcoming No Sleep compilation.
Tigers Jaw (who currently share a drummer with TA, and whose Brianna Collins briefly joined Touche during their set) went on right before, playing a 15-song set split between highlights off their excellent new album, Charmer, as well as older cuts like "Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine" and "I Saw Water." Pictures of the show are in this post.
Touche Amore will be back in the NYC-area when their tour with Rise Against and Radkey hits Best Buy Theater on September 26 and Wellmont Theatre on September 30. Tickets for those shows are still available.
More pictures, with Touche and Tigers Jaw's setlists, below...
Tigers Jaw at MHOW last week (more by Mimi Hong)
Last week at the Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, a crowd member jumped on stage and kissed the female members of both bands (Brianna Collins and Britty Drake, respectively). Tigers Jaw responded to the man on stage, saying it was a violation of personal space, and later Brianna posted a lengthy statement explaining why you cannot touch people without their consent. Tigers Jaw rightfully received a lot of support for their sentiments (including the majority of the crowd at MHOW), but apparently some did not agree.
Rumors came in that singer Ryan Rockwell of pop punk band Mixtapes allegedly said something along the lines of "Fuck Tigers Jaw, kiss whoever you want" during their set at Warped Tour on Friday (6/20). Ryan hardly responded to the accusation, though after two people had said they witnessed it, Tigers Jaw tweeted, "@RyanRockswelLOL disappointing. You had an opportunity to promote respectful behavior towards others and you did the opposite. Bad look."
Maura Weaver of Mixtapes since gave a statement to AbsolutePunk where she said:
To clear the air a bit:Disappointingly, another (broken up) pop punk band The Dangerous Summer fully backed what Ryan said. (Or at least band member Cody Payne, who most likely tweeted that and who has said this kind of thing before, as AbsolutePunk founder Jason Tate pointed out.)
First of all, I wanted to say that what Ryan said was wrong and that I'm sorry for it, even if he isn't.
As many of you may know who know Mixtapes, what was said on stage the other day was meant to be a joke and was said in a sarcastic manner. Ryan corrected himself on stage shortly after.
That being said, there are some things that just shouldn't be joked about in the first place and sexual assault is one of them. I know personally as I've been kissed and touched without permission multiple times on stage and off since being in Mixtapes and having people make light of that or act like it is nothing is super damaging.
I don't support this in any way and on my behalf, am really sorry that this was said.
This all comes one week after Wondering Sound posted an article on Warped Tour's Woman Problem.
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Tigers Jaw / Pity Sex @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 6/18/14
Last night (6/18), Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex brought their tour to NYC for a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pity Sex played to the largest and wildest crowd I've seen them play to in NYC, and it seemed like the band may have agreed with that. They looked genuinely amazed at the packed crowd's reaction, which included tons of people singing along, a lot of stage diving, and a few push pits too. The crowd at one point also started a "PIH-TEE SEX" chant like they were at a football game. Pretty nuts for what you could basically call a shoegaze band.
Then Tigers Jaw headlined, playing a ton of their great new album Charmer (which came out two weeks ago) and older cuts as well. As you may know, Tigers Jaw had some lineup changes before the new record, leaving Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins as the only original members, but former member Adam McIlwee did contribute lead vocals to many of Charmer's songs. Needless to say, this left some doubt as to how they would come off live without him, but Ben handled his parts expertly and more than met expectations.
I'm personally a bigger fan of the mopier Charmer than anything else they've done, but the older cuts sounded just as good as the new ones last night. They even sort of worked them out to sound a little more like Charmer. A song like "Plane Vs Take Vs Submarine," which recorded is a scrappy emo-folk song, last night sounded as crisp and full as show highlight "Slow Come On" from the new record. Ben and Brianna's harmonies were as sharp live as they are on record too, especially on "Hum," another highlight of the show and one where Brianna's voice truly gets to shine.
Pictures of the show, including openers Loose Planes (who I missed), are in this post. Petal was also supposed to open but had to drop off due to a family emergency.
You can catch Tigers Jaw in the NYC-area again when their tour with Touche Amore hits Revolution on July 15 (sold out), and Pity Sex will be back when their tour with Basement hits Webster Hall on August 19 (tickets). Basement also recently announced a new EP, Further Sky, which will be out on July 29 via Run For Cover. Stream the very promising lead track "Summer's Colour," below.
In less positive news, some dude jumped on stage during both Pity Sex and Tiger's Jaw's sets, and tried to kiss Britty Drake of Pity Sex and Brianna of Tigers Jaw. (The same dude both times.) Tigers Jaw kept playing but as soon as the song ended, Ben from the band called him out and said, "To the fucking asshole who just tried to kiss her, you can probably leave right now." After the next song he continued, "It's a violation of someone's personal space." And Brianna added, "Just because I'm up here and I'm a girl, does not give you the right to touch me." The crowd cheered both of them on and responded to the dude who did it with an "asshole" chant. Britty has since tweeted, "Sucks that a culture of entitlement has engrained that its cool to kiss nonconsenting strangers so well that he didn't know what he did wrong," and Brianna released a statement to her band's tumblr. According to a venue representative, the person was eventually kicked out of the show. Some depressing pictures of the incident are over at Nerve.
Read her statement in full, with more pictures, TJ's setlist from MHOW, and the new Basement song, below...
by Andrew Sacher
NYC-area chiptune band Crying, who put out their Get Olde EP on Double Double Whammy last year, recently announced that they've signed to larger label Run For Cover (Modern Baseball, Basement), who say new music is coming soon. The band have played locally a lot, and they currently have many tour dates lined up including a bunch more in and around NYC. They play Brooklyn Launch Pad on May 31, then Hamden, CT's The Space on June 7 with Saintseneca (tickets). After that they'll go on a short tour with Teen Suicide that includes an Asbury Lanes (6/15) show with Pity Sex and Nothing (tickets) and a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium (6/19). Then they go on a much longer tour with Told Slant which includes yet another Brooklyn show on July 4 at The Ho_se with Frankie Cosmos. All Crying dates are listed below.
In other Run For Cover news, the label releases the new Tigers Jaw album, Charmer, next week (6/3) which you can now stream in full on Pitchfork and pre-order for only $5. Like I said when singles "Nervous Kids" and "Hum" were released, it sounded like Tigers Jaw was going on a different direction than their previous material, and now that the whole thing's out there it can safely be said this is like nothing they've done before. The band haven't fully abandoned their punk roots -- there's still an edge here -- but like their tourmates/labelmates Pity Sex, Charmer is much more overtly indie rock than many releases by their peers. The vocals echo '80s mope rock, and the songs themselves are driving but never really go past mid-tempo. The harmonies Brianna Collins contributes are always on point too. Highly recommended album.
Tigers Jaw's tour with Pity Sex hits NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets). After that, they go on a tour with Touche Amore and Dads which doesn't hit NYC but hits Long Island on July 15 at Revolution (tickets).
RFC also recently reissued the 2013 sophomore album by Sweden's Makthaverskan, II. While II is '80s-inspired post-punk through and through, which is far from a unique description of a band in 2014, Makthaverskan really don't sound like many other groups at the moment. They very much remember that post-punk did indeed stem from punk, but not by cranking up the distortion. The guitars are all relatively clean, and the leads soar like Joy Division or Cure leads, but there's a backbone to the rhythm section. On a song like "Distance," all those guitars would need to do is switch to power chords and they'd have themselves a Black Flag song. But what really sets Makthaverskan apart from the rest is Maja Milner's powerhouse voice and her lyrics. While post-punk can often be about being moody or apathetic, Maja sounds quite the opposite, wailing in a way that sounds like she demands to be heard. And when she kicks off the album with a chorus of "Fuck you"s, only to belt out "Fuck you for fucking me when I was seventeen" on album standout "No Mercy" seven songs later, it's not hard to see why those demands are met. Take a listen to II for yourself below. No word on US dates yet but hopefully they come over here soon.
Run For Cover also recently signed Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), who we caught at Webster Hall Studio not long ago. Adventures' first release for the label will be a split 7" with Pity Sex that includes a new song by each band, plus a cover of Turning Point's "Behind This Wall" by Adventures and a Pixies cover by Pity Sex.
Camera Shy, the duo of Nick Bassett (who is currently in Whirr and Nothing and previously of Deafheaven) and former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, recently joined the label as well and put out an acoustic dreamy pop track "Spin Me," which you can spin below. (Alexandra isn't the only former Whirr vocalist with a release on RFC.)
Nothing at Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speaking of Nothing, they bring their tour with RFC-signed Superheaven (formerly Daylight) to NYC on June 14 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, UnWed (mems Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) were added to that show. Tickets for that one are still available.
Speaking of Small Brown Bike, they'll release a collaborative 12" with The Casket Lottery on Run for Cover on June 17. You can stream one of those tracks, "Wrong Hometown," below. Able Baker Fox, who feature members of both Small Brown Bike and The Casket Lottery, are breaking their silence with a Michigan show and a set at The Fest this year. No other dates announced at the moment.
To go back to Superheaven and Pity Sex, both of those bands open for their UK labelmates Basement on that band's reunion tour which hits NYC on August 19 at Webster Hall (tickets). Ovlov is also on that show and they just premiered a new song from their split with Little Big League (due in August via Tiny Engines) over at Stereogum. It's called "The Great Crocodile" and can be heard below.
All mentioned streams and the list of Crying dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Jess Flynn
Scranton/Philly band Three Man Cannon's history dates back to when members Dennis Mishko and Pat Brier were still playing in Tigers Jaw, but now that they've left that band, they can focus fully on Three Man Cannon who will release their new album, Pretty Many People, on May 27 via Lame-O Records (pre-order), former home of their neighbors Modern Baseball. The nasally vocals of the Pennsylvania punk scene TMC are rooted in are in place here, but it's musically much different. First single "Patiently" has the acoustic jangle of early Shins and new single "Something I Found" throws a surfy twang into the mix. Fans of There's Nothing Wrong with Love-era Built to Spill and The Photo Album-era Death Cab should check this out. "Something I Found" premieres in this post and can be streamed, along with the video for "Patiently," below.
As previously mentioned, Three Man Cannon will soon be touring with fellow Philly ex-punks Kite Party. That tour hits NYC on May 22 at David Blaine's The Steakhouse with LVL UP and Downies (mems of LVL UP and Porches). $5 at the door gets you in. All dates are listed below.
Tigers Jaw also have many dates coming up, including their tour with Pity Sex which hits NYC on June 18 at MHOW (tickets) and their tour with Touche Amore which hits the NYC-area on July 15 at Revolution (tickets).
All Three Man Cannon dates are listed, with the song stream and video, below...
LA post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore have been loving the road lately. They've already hit NYC on two tours in the past year in support of 2013's great Is Survived By (we caught them at SXSW too), and they've announced yet another string of North American dates from late June through the end of July with Tigers Jaw and Dads. There's no NYC date for this one, but they'll hit Long Island's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on July 15 and they have the day off before that, so hopefully they'll add something in NYC? Tickets for the Long Island show go on sale Friday (4/25) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
All Touche Amore dates, including The Fest, are listed with a recent full-set live video from Tampa, below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've read about Philly's Kite Party on the internet, you may have seen something about their punk connection. Noisey basically called them ex-skate punk kids, and they're one of the only bands of their kind to be featured on AltPress. They were also namedropped by Tom May of fellow Philly band The Menzingers in our interview with him about other Philly bands he's been listening to, they've played The Fest, and they're on the mostly-punk/emo/post-hardcore label Animal Style Records, who's put out releases by Transit, The Story So Far, Mixtapes, O'Brother and more.
Kite Party are actually pretty far from a punk band though. They're a lot closer to the chilled-out, sunny indie rock of Real Estate or Mac DeMarco than fellow Fest alumni. You can hear them for yourself on "Supervillain," the new single from their upcoming album, Come On Wandering, which premieres in this post. The album will be out on May 6 via Animal Style and can be pre-ordered here. Album artwork, tracklist and the new song, below.
Kite Party will also be heading out on a short US tour in late May with Three Man Cannon (ex-Tigers Jaw) which kicks off in NYC at Bushwick DIY venue David Blaine's The Steakhouse on May 22. All dates are listed, with the new song and more, below...
by Andrew Sacher
If you've been paying attention to Pennsylvania's thriving punk scene, you're probably fully aware of Scranton's Tigers Jaw. I have to admit, despite seeing them a couple times (once with Snowing and again with Title Fight), I was never fully sold on them, but the material they've released from their forthcoming album, Charmer, is finally winning me over. The new single "Nervous Kids" and previous single "Hum" (which came out as a 7" last year) see the band taking on the grunge/punk/indie blend that their pals Title Fight have also been perfecting with recent releases. Considering it's been almost four years since their last full length and the band underwent a major lineup change, it's not surprising that Charmer is bringing on some new sounds.
The album was recorded with Penn. punk master Will Yip (Title Fight, Paint it Black), and it will be out on June 3 via Run for Cover (Pity Sex, Modern Baseball). Check out "Nervous Kids," "Hum" and "Hum"'s b-side "Cool" (which also appears on Charmer), along with the artwork and tracklist, below.
Tigers Jaw have also announced a tour with their RFC labelmates Pity Sex, which comes to NYC on June 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Also on that date and a couple others are Tigers Jaw's Scranton neighbors Petal (fronted by Kiley Lotz with a lineup that includes members of Tigers Jaw, and who recently also signed to Run for Cover) and Loose Planes (mems of Fireworks, Make Do and Mend). Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/28) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (3/26) at noon.
All dates are listed, with streams from all four bands on the MHOW show, below...
Emo/indie rock label Run for Cover Records has announced that it will do its CMJ showcase on October 19 at Santos Party House. The lineup includes the shoegazey Pity Sex, the slow/sludgy Cloakroom, indie rapper GDP, scrappy emo punks Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw, Captain We're Sinking, Hostage Calm and more. Tickets for the show are on sale now, or you can try to get in using your CMJ badge.
Earlier today, we mentioned that Topshelf added a second showcase too. It's free and happens on 10/18 at Suburbia with The Jazz June, Caravels, The Saddest Landscape and more, before the former two join Braid for a sold-out night at Saint Vitus on 10/19.
by Andrew Sacher
Jason Shevchuck w/ Kid Dynamite at House of Vans (more by David Andrako)
Producer Will Yip has become a go-to guy in the punk scene, sitting behind the boards for Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pity Sex, Sainthood Reps, Citizen and many others, and on October 8, he'll release a compilation titled Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation (pre-order) with previously unreleased songs from those artists and a number of others he's worked with. Proceeds from the album will go towards funding his partnership at Studio 4.
One of the songs on the compilation, which makes its premiere in this post, is "That Thing That Separates Em," the first new song in years by None More Black, the band fronted by Jason Shevchuk of the once-again defunct Kid Dynamite. Check it out, in all its scrappy punk glory, along with the comp's album art and tracklist, below.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight at Bowery Ballroom - 11/29/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Kingston, PA punks Title Fight came to NYC for a sold out Bowery Ballroom show last night (11/29), the second to last night of their tour with Pianos Become the Teeth, SIngle Mothers, and Tigers Jaw, which wraps up in Philly tonight. The band have done some branching out from the straight ahead punk of their early days on their new record, Floral Green, and that was immediately evident last night, having opened the show with the Hum-esque "Head in the Ceiling Fan." The results of that new album have been great -- they've gained new audiences and if you ask me, Floral Green is by far the best thing the band has done to date.
But new levels of success and a growth in sound haven't tainted the band's young punk spirit a bit. They put every ounce of blood in their body into last night's show and the crowd reciprocated. They churned out rockers like "Secret Society," "Frown," and "Leaf" to raised fists, shout-alongs, and flocks of people rushing the stage. And though I mentioned that I think the new songs are their best yet, when they played older cuts "Symmetry" and "27," the floor opened up and people went apeshit. Naysayers may argue that Title Fight just sound like Hot Water Music and Braid (and they do sound like those bands), but when your music is as genuine and emotionally charged as theirs, it's too hard to ignore.
Baltimore screamo band Pianos Become the Teeth delivered a solid set as usual too, but the openers that impressed me the most were Ontario's Single Mothers. The band have been getting a bit of hype lately for their recently released self titled EP, but despite that, they bashed around on stage without any sense of entitlement. Their frontman (who sounds like a mix of Craig Finn and A-B Life-era Aaron Weiss) kept encouraging the crowd to go as nuts as he and the rest of the band were on stage. And to back his abrasive/flamboyant charisma, the rest of the band packed a huge punch of Dischord/SST post-hardcore n' roll, not unlike another hot new band, METZ.
Videos of Title Fight, Single Mothers, and Pianos Become the Teeth's full sets at their California shows, (via Cavis Tapes) are below.
by Andrew Sacher
Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, and Canada's Single Mothers (who we first wrote about HERE) all pull from different aspects of the post-hardcore genre, and the three bands will be bringing their individual stylings on tour together this fall. From Title Fight, expect it of the raspy-voiced Hot Water Music-esque variety, where Pianos Become the Teeth will bring soaring, post-rock-infused hardcore, and Single Mothers' Americana punk isn't too far removed from a heavier Hold Steady. You can catch the three bands in NYC when the tour hits Bowery Ballroom on November 29. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. Tigers Jaw is also on the bill. A list of all dates and the tour flier are below.
Title Fight are also set to release their new album, Floral Green, on September 18 via SideOneDummy. You can check out the video for the album's single, "Head In The Ceiling Fan," below, where you can also download the song in exchange for your email.
A list of all dates, tour flier, that video and widget are below.
Just in time for an announcement of a new set of tour dates, Rival Schools have a new video in "Eyes Wide Open" from their latest LP Pedals. Check out that video, making its debut here, below.
Those new Rival Schools dates will kick off in October with fellow punks Hostage Calm, hitting Brooklyn at The Bell House on October 27th with Balance & Composure. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. The tour ends one day later at Mexicali Live in NJ. Full schedule is below.
Those of you in Chicago for Lollapalooza (maybe you even won your tickets!) can catch the band sooner though. They play a sold-out official afterparty with the not so punk White Lies at the Double Door in Chicago on August 6th, and at the fest at 1:45 on the Playstation Stage the next day (8/7).
All tour dates and "Eyes Wide Open" are below.
People at Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
This summer's Williamsburg Waterfront concert season begins this weekend with a free show on Saturday (6/11) (5:30pm doors). For what it's worth, that show is Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio and Tigers Jaw, but it is free. It's also one of three currently announced free shows (there will be five free shows total, one of which will be classical music). The other two announced free events are Eugene Mirman and Pretty Good Friends (Patton Oswalt will be one of those friends!) and special musical guests They Might Be Giants on July 29, and a children's show with Moey's Music Party and Story Pirates (who recently hosted a benefit) on June 19 at noon.
Ticketed shows include Death From Above 1979, Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Bright Eyes, Thievery Corporation (with Dam-Funk & Master Blazter and Raphael Saadiq opening), TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes and more. Check out the full lineup with openers listed below...
Williamsburg Waterfront last year (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
As I previously wrote, "there will be concerts at the Williamsburg Waterfront this summer. In fact, the plan is to have 10 ticketed shows and 5 free shows." And, "The five free concert dates are still TBD, but one will be of a classical/philharmonic nature, and one will be geared towards kids. The free shows may or may not be on Sundays or even on weekends, and they will definitely not have anything to do with Jelly."
Since then three ticketed shows have been announced: Kid Cudi on Wednesday, July 6th (on sale), Death Cab For Cutie/Frightened Rabbit on Tuesday, August 2nd (on sale 5/6, but a presale starts 4/29), and Sonic Youth/Wild Flag on Friday, August 12th (on sale Friday). Seven more announcements to come.
Service Charge-free tickets are available at the Best Buy Theater Box Office (44th and Broadway in Manhattan) and at Sound Fix Records (44 Berry St. at North 11th St. in Brooklyn).
Two of the five free shows have also now been announced. The first is nothing like what Jelly would have booked: Coheed and Cambria, Adrian Belew Power Trio, and Tigers Jaw play the Williamsburg Waterfront on Saturday, June 11th. The second is sort of like what Jelly might have booked, but more closely resembles what you'd get at Celebrate Brooklyn: Eugene Mirman "& Pretty Good Friends Featuring Kristen Schaal & Many Surprise Guests" open for They Might Be Giants at Wiliamsburg Waterfront on Friday, July 29th.
Assuming TMBG won't be playing a kids set, and that the comedians will tell a few dirty jokes, the free kids show announcement is still to come, as is the classical concert date info (which means just one more completely unknown free lineup to come). Both announced free shows open their doors at 5:30pm.
All five shows, ticketed and free, are part of the "2011 T-MOBILE WILLIAMSBURG WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES PRESENTED BY OSA" and "supported by Onitsuka Tiger, Vitamin Water, and Brooklyn Brewery."
All five shows are listed in an easy-to-read format below....