At the beginning of the year I created a list of artists I knew were good in the indie rock punk scene, and projected to potentially release an album this year, but hadn’t gotten into yet. This list included bands like Title Fight, Superheaven, and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. The first record released on this list however is Tiger’s Jaw’s spin.
The first and possibly most important fact about this record is that it is the first album released on Will Yip’s new label Black Cement Records. Will Yip is without a doubt my favorite producer. He has produced Turnover’s Peripheral Vision, Balance and Composure’s The Things We Think We’re Missing, and La Dispute’s Rooms of the House among many other amazing records.
Everything Yip does is so crisp, clear, and smooth. And that remains true with spin. Ben Walsh and Brianna Collin’s both sing beautiful melodies with peaceful tones. Overall, the vocals are nothing special, but they become familiar and endearing. The band is tame for the most part with some breakouts for time to time on songs like “Favorite”, “Guardian”, or “Oh Time”. But the majority of the record carries a consistent, steady movement like on “June”, “Escape Plan”, or “Bullet”.
I am digging this album right now. It looks like it’s going to be a great summer night record. It is an album that does not overwhelm you while it is still able to reach out and engage with the listener. To be honest, up to this point so far this year, I was hoping for a lot of good albums by now. Unfortunately I feel a bit understocked. At least this adds one more to the list.
Favorite Songs: Favorite, June, Escape Plan, Guardian, Oh Time
Top 10 Potential: Yes
Album Cover: 6/10