The day has finally come, Tigers Jaw return with a bang and an upcoming full length !
The band, now a two-some made up of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, are finally back after 2014's Charmer with a brand new single, entitled Guardian. The track comes as the first offering from brand new album spin (yes lower case), which will be released via Black Cement Records on May 19th. The duo have undergone quite the change from their previous material, forming much more of a focus upon songwriting. Guardian is an upbeat offering, Tigers Jaw have never released anything close to this one in the past. It's jam packed with jangly guitars, and the hooks are extremely catchy! I found myself singing the song after just one listen.
image courtesy of the band’s Twitter page
The album was created under the surveillance of Will Yip, who has since produced for the likes of Title Fight and Code Orange. Check out what went down in the new music video featuring a compilation of studio footage:
The band have stated that the track is about "the role mental health plays in relationships", this is particularly evident during the chorus where the pair sing: "Burn a candle to my skin / Turn the handle, let me in / I cannot be your medicine anymore" in unison.
“Specifically, it deals with the struggle of being someone’s support system while dealing with your own anxieties and issues. When you neglect your own mental health by channeling your focus into other things, putting your head down and forcing normalcy into work and relationships, those issues come back stronger when you run out of distractions. Simple, everyday tasks can become significant sources of anxiety.
“Musically, the big open chord progression happened first, then the melody followed pretty naturally. We wanted the structure, powerful chorus and pacing of the song to exist in juxtaposition of the fragile reality of the lyrics. This song also features one of our favorite instrumental parts on the record, and will be an exciting song to add to the live set.”
Brianna Collins, courtesy of NPR
Check out the the track listing of spin : Follows Favorite June Escape Plan Blurry Vision Guardian Bullet Brass Ring Oh Time Same Stone Make It Up Window Preorders will be available tomorrow.
Words by Ben Davies
(featured image courtesy of thekey.xpn.org)