Spring Tigers cull a bunch of different musical influences
from different eras and mold them into a cohesive unit on the quintet's
current self-titled recording, making their diversity the bond that
keeps the melodies gelled. From the '60s, the band extracts a doo
wop penchant in "Stripnails In The Sun". From the '80s,
they display traits of new wave relatable to Oingo Boingo in
their track "Beep Beep". From the '90s, they show dance
rock bolts with shavings of Britpop reminiscent of Chumbawamba
in their song "Hyboria". And from the 2000's, Spring Tigers
combine tresses of sunny electro-pop and power punk compresses in
tunes like "New Improved Formula" and "Car Song"
weaving patterns that create a cross-section where The Proclaimers'
track "I Would Walk 500 Miles" meets The Bouncing Souls'
tune "Sing Along Forever".
Lead singer/guitarist Kris Barratt shows total control of
the songs' directions by bending the movements to his liking as guitarist
Shane Davis crafts soaring flurries and keyboardist Stephen
James douses the melodies with sunny pop effects like the oriental
tones sprucing "Beep Beep" or the twittering droplets smothered
across "Just Suggesting". The rhythm section of bassist
Eli Barnard and drummer Chase Prince have a Britpop
crackle that bodes well with the sunny pop kindle giving "Hyboria"
a burly rumble and "Just Suggesting" a kick-ball-change
Part of the album sounds like it belongs in the '80s, and then some
of the songs sound like they belong with the likes of The Bouncing
Souls and We Are Scientists. It is an album that is easy to
acclimate to, mainly because the music sounds familiar to most ears
though Barratt truly makes the songs his own personalizing each parcel
with his own stamp.
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