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Spring Tigers
Spring Tigers
Bright Antenna Records
www.springtigersmusic.com


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 swagger.

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.

-Susan Frances

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