Indie rockers Tigers Jaw create the kind of self-reflexive, distortion-heavy indie rock popularized by '90s bands like Pavement and Dinosaur Jr., but the result is never derivative. Tracks like 2014's "Nervous Kids" sound fresh and unburdened in the wake of the band's recent transition from five-piece band to two-piece duo, as frontman Ben Walsh insists "we're just nervous kids" over catchy guitar riffs. Their show may be stripped down, but it still packs plenty of punch and possesses an added layer of nuance that fans will certainly appreciate at the band's upcoming tour dates.
Hailing from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Tigers Jaw made their studio debut in 2006 with Belongs to the Dead, a decidedly pop punk album that was equal parts emotion and detachment. The album garnered positive reviews for its impressive guitar work and intricate vocal harmonies, setting the stage for extensive touring throughout the US. A self-titled album released in 2008 and a 2010 follow-up titled Two Worlds both fared similarly, bringing the band back on the road for additional tours and further expanding their fanbase. Following the departure of three members in 2013, frontman Ben Walsh and keyboard player Brianna Collins forged ahead as a duo, releasing Tigers Jaw's fourth album Charmer and hitting the road for a highly anticipated tour.