By: James Goff/Senior Writer
Tigers Jaw was one of the first fantastic Scranton bands, and they kicked it off with the 2006 LP Belongs to the Dead. Some of my favorite songs by the then three-piece. The group uses heavy distortion guitar, keyboard, and kinda loud drums. The trio managed to create a fantastic lo-fi, like punk-shoegaze fusion. This album is a mere 25 minutes, but features terrific melodies and horribly strong one-liners, such as the haunting “What about your friends, do they make you happy?”
Tigers Jaw is about as popular as a band can be without being known by literally anyone. The group was even referenced by Camp Cope on their self-titled, when Georgia Maq reminisces on the intimate times spent with someone listening to the Scranton group. The group’s popularity has been accumulating slowly over the last ten years, yet the quality of music has really never changed. Even back in ’06, Ben Walsh was slaying on the drums, Brianna Collins crushed the keyboard (and occasional vocals [usually backup at this point in time]), and Adam McIlwee, no longer with the group, played a great guitar and sang vicious vocals (I deserve 10 points for alliteration). The songwriting appears to have been a group effort, although based upon the vocal emotion, McIlwee at least seems like a strong possibility for lyricist.
The album is full of fantastic lyrics, and as well as equally good music. I think just about every song at one point in time has been my favorite. For example, the trio crushes it right of the bat with the lyrically depressing but musically relaxing Danielson, which sound just like a simple drum part with a simple guitar part, just executed to near perfection to create a real nice song. Another top dog is the not at all dramatically titled instrumental It’s About Killing People. I don’t even know how to describe this track other than light bouncy fun. Probably the song with the most keyboard and it’s for very good reason, it’s stinking stellar.
Favorite Track: Heat