The level of uncertainty and tension surrounding a new record from Scranton, PA indie rockers Tigers Jaw may seem insane to non-fans. The group, who put out four LPs since 2007 and just announced a new album called Charmer coming June 3, have operated under a shroud of mystery for the better part of a year.
It started last March when the then-quintet canceled a European tour and announced the departure of three founding members, guitarist/vocalist Adam McIlwee, bassist Dennis Mishko and drummer Pat Brier. Keyboardist/vocalist Brianna Collins and guitarist/vocalist Ben Walsh were all that remained of the band that became an indie darling on the strength of their 2008 self-titled LP and the 2010 sophomore effort, Two Worlds.
Six months later, with rumors of the band's demise greatly exaggerated, Collins stated that Tigers Jaw was still alive and kicking. The three former members actually helped record an entire full-band album before officially departing, so fans knew a fifth LP was in someone's hands, just waiting to come out.
The long-delayed new album was finally announced today via Run for Cover Records, and you can stream a new single from it, "Nervous Kids," below.
"Nervous Kids" stands out as a quintessential Tigers Jaw track. Distorted, grungy power chords strum along almost lazily as Walsh repeats, "We're just nervous kids." Collins' keys are steady in the background, giving an added layer to the group's deliberately low-key indie rock.
The single shows that while many obstacles have hit Tigers Jaw's over the past year, the quality of their music has survived the onslaught. Charmer will, rightly, be the most anticipated Tigers Jaw album to date. Check out previous single "Hum" on Bandcamp and follow the band on Twitter to keep up.