Release Date: Mar 5, 2021
Record label: Hopeless Records
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It's interesting then that on I Won't Care How You Remember Me, the band's fifth full length, the overt production of its predecessor has been scaled back in favour of encapsulating a sense of liveness across the course of the record. It's a bold move. One that in lesser hands might have felt like a regression, but here it allows focus to fall on Tiger's Jaw trademark emotionally affecting lyricism.
While they haven't actually made a best-of compilation, Tigers Jaw arguably have one of the best "greatest hits" catalogues in their scene. From their 2008 self-titled record to 2017's Spin up until now, the Pennsylvanians have, over the course of 15 years, churned out easily more than an album's worth of consistently top-notch tunes. Whether it's due to quality or longevity, this is more than you can say about many of their modern emo peers. For their sixth album, Tigers Jaw begin with one of the best songs they've ever written.
There's something admirably dependable about Tigers Jaw's sixth full-length LP. While the world moves in odd directions, the Scranton, Pennsylvania quartet continues chugging along. No matter what our day-to-day life looks like, bandleaders Ben Walsch and Brianna Collins will round up a group of people to play with them, and soon after, they'll have an album of broadly appealing, Will Yep-produced songs.
Scranton's Tigers Jaw are a band I don't think I'll ever grow out of. It doesn't matter what they put out, it'll always appeal to the teenager in me and that person getting older who should probably be looking away from these nostalgic stories. Then again, should we? I think as much as people would want bands to grow and evolve, it's just warm and meaningful when a band like this can keep hitting those emotive notes in an organic, warm and non-Beach Slang-creepy way.
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