Alcopop Records – 11th November
For the triumphant return of Tigercub’s Jamie Hall (vocals/guitar), Jimi Wheelwright (bass) and James Allix (drums), Abstract Figures in the Dark certainly has a strong political element – ‘Memory Boy’ portrays the band’s thoughts on the treatment of refugees, for example – but its personal and confrontational lyrical approach lies heavily within the philosophical ideologies of life, death and purpose.
On album opener ‘Burning Effigies’, Hall’s droning vocals compliment an amalgamation of steady drums beats and haunting lo-fi guitars whereas ‘Up In Smoke’ takes a minor departure from the punk-infused psych-rock sound that Tigercub have upheld throughout the first half of the record, boasting three minutes of hypnotic synth undertones, entrancing hooks and unnerving vocal efforts. The emotive ‘Control’ follows, finding the perfect balance between Weezer and Royal Blood, before ‘Serial Killer’ brings back the grungy garage-rock influences. Title track ‘Abstract Figures in the Dark’ portrays a darker musical atmosphere, leaping back into a noise-rock frenzy before the infectious ‘Black Tides’ draws the album to a soulful close.
They may have already made a name for themselves with the release of their 2015 EP Repressed Semantics, but it’s this new compilation of fuzzy noise-pop and distorted grunge that prove exactly what noise-rock trio Tigercub are capable of.