A real cool band.
Tigers Jaw was formed in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2005 by Ben Walsh and Adam McIlwee. Characterized by unconventionally catchy songs, intertwining male/female vocals, and timelessly relatable lyricism, the band has been organically increasing its fanbase through over a decade of touring and releasing music.
Walsh and McIlwee recorded Belongs to the Dead in 2006 for Summersteps Record’s Handmade CD-r series. The duo used a cassette deck and some cheap microphones in McIlwee’s garage, drawing heavy influence from The Microphones (the band is named after a lyric from a Microphones’ song). Around this time, the duo was also self-recording a full length called I’m On Your Side, the “lost tigers jaw lp.”
It wasn’t long after that Tigers Jaw linked up with Boston’s Run For Cover Records to re-release the seminal Self-Titled album (originally released on CD by Scranton’s Prison Jazz Records), as well as full lengths Two Worlds (2010) and Charmer (2014), and countless splits and EPs.
Following a lineup change in 2013, Tigers Jaw finally began touring full-time. The band recruited Colin Gorman and Teddy Roberts as touring members for a few tours before the duo joined as official band members. Walsh and longtime member Brianna Collins took some time off in 2016 to write songs for a new album. Spin was released in 2017 via producer Will Yip’s Atlantic Records imprint, Black Cement Records. Tigers Jaw’s first major label release was praised by critics and cemented the band as a songwriting force, satiating longtime fans and gripping new listeners. Collins rose to the occasion and wrote songs for the first time, including fan-favorite single “June”.
Veteran members Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, now joined by Roberts and Gorman, have released their first new single in three years, “Warn Me,” alongside the announcement that they’ve signed to Hopeless Records. Tigers Jaw have finished recording their sixth full-length album after years of tightening their playing together on the road, returning to work with longtime producer and friend Will Yip. While the emotionally charged “Warn Me” isn’t featured on their forthcoming release, it offers a preview of their new and expanded sonic approach.
Often described as the middle ground between Fleetwood Mac and Saves the Day, Tigers Jaw have found a way to progress and evolve their sound while staying true to the spirit of their modest origins in the scrappy DIY Scranton punk scene.