Three years after the release of last album Charmer, Pennsylvania indie-punks Tigers Jaw are heading back to the UK in support of new album spin.
Released on Atlantic imprint Black Cement, a label headed up by the band’s longtime collaborator and album producer Will Yip, spin is the first collection of songs completely written and recorded by the duo’s Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins and marks a departure from their previous recording process, which this time gave the band a full month in the studio to record without worrying about outside responsibilities.
spin is officially out this Friday, but you can hear the whole thing on Spotify now. The band will be playing the Garage this Sunday 20th August alongside Bay Area punks Culture Abuse and Brighton band Muskets.
Here Tigers Jaw’s Ben shares five albums that influenced the new record:
The Microphones – The Glow Pt. II
This record was the soundtrack to the genesis of Tigers Jaw in 2005. In the early days of the band it was two people writing and recording everything, so I wanted to recapture the spirit of those times while working on spin. I’ve always been infatuated with this album, how raw and human the recording sounds, how simply presented yet deeply representational the lyricism is, and how interesting the production is. One direct influence seen on spin is the use of stereo panning for the acoustic guitars in the song ‘Escape Plan’ The Microphones utilise the stereo spectrum in many of the songs on The Glow Pt. II, so it’s a great listen with headphones.
Saves The Day – In Reverie
In Reverie is my favourite album of all time, and is a constant source of inspiration. This time around, it was fitting to look at it from the perspective of a major label debut. I think it was a fearless step forward stylistically, and unfortunately was under appreciated in the Saves The Day catalogue, although more and more people seem to be coming around on it. The lyrics are poetic, vivid, and strange, the production is powerful and dense, and the guitar playing blows my mind. I’ve listened to this album consistently since its release in 2004 and I never get sick of it.
Land Of Talk – It’s Okay
I found a Land Of Talk CD at a thrift store years ago, and was immediately drawn to their sound. I recommended them to Brianna and she was like “yeah, that band rules, where have you been?” I love the organic tones of this record, especially how the drums sound. Also, the guitar tones are incredible – just the natural overdrive of an amp running hot. Brianna took specific influence from the instrumental outro of the title track, and re-imagined a similar dramatic build on piano for our track ‘Same Stone’.
Pedro The Lion – Control
David Bazan is my all-time favorite songwriter, and while I am a fan of his entire body of work, I was definitely in a Control phase around the time I was writing for spin. Bazan’s lyricism always comes across as brutally honest, and he hits a nice middle-ground between autobiographical and fictional storytelling content. I always try to write from an honest place, whether the content is truly autobiographical or whether I’m putting myself in the headspace of someone else and writing from my perceived perspective of theirs. I love the production on this record, just sounds like everything is cranked up to almost peak levels. It creates an amazing tension and heaviness to match the lyrical content of a love affair-turned violent. I met Bazan once, and was so star struck I stuttered like a fool and he was so nice about it.
Warpaint – No Way Out/I’ll Start Believing
I am a firm believer that there is no real way to approach songwriting and sometimes you just have to let it happen the way it happens. I heard in an interview that in some Warpaint songs, the melodies and even lyrics can happen by just endlessly looping the music and experimenting by singing along with whatever happens spontaneously. I tried this method with a few songs I was demoing for spin and by changing my approach, I finished some parts I was really stuck on. This Warpaint EP is concise and awesome. The songs are interesting and have a mysterious energy to them. Also, I am always drawn to cool guitar playing in dance-y songs, which can be a hard thing to pull off.