Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

Tiger Bear Wolf
Self-Titled
Hello Records
www.hellosirrecords.com


Aggressive and well-contrived, Tiger Bear Wolf goes straight for the jugular with excellent riffs and vocal lines that pound their listeners into submission with their energy and nonchalant, straightforward rock and roll. TBW represents a regression in rock thinking, channeling old school hardcore and rock influences, thumbing their nose at newer ideas and sticking with rock's tried and true structures. Stylistically they are hard to nail down, I see flashes of The Cramps, and The Rollins Band, even Fugazi, to a lesser extent; but if there were a sound that defines them, it would be low-fi analog rock.

Here's where it gets tricky though, because that specific type of sound is difficult to capture on a disc. That was my biggest disappointment with the album, which is no fault of the band. The band is good, plain and simple, yet the recording does not transfer the energy the band emits. It is always tempting with a band that does well with low-fi to make the recording sound equally rudimentary, but it is a mistake, the recording should still emphasize the proper areas and balance the band accordingly.

Generally speaking, first, the album sounds like it was recorded at one level across the board, there is no flux of drum and guitar at key points, no milieu attempted to bring break out parts forward. And moreover, all of that tenacious energy that the band brings to the table is lost. More specifically, the drums just lose, lose, lose; which is a shame because they are structured beautifully to drive and provide that constancy needed to maintain the rock feel. The guitars appear like an afterthought; even though the dueling nature works well within each song and the riffs are memorable and worth it (although I think the lead should be a little less lead and break away from the constant soloing to emphasize good rhythm changes). The bass wins the most in the production earning a viable place on the record, but ultimately not adding too much to the mix. The dual vocals are perfect for the style of music, but don't attain the edge that they seem to have.

I don't want all of my rants about production to dissuade you from listening to this band; they are good musicians and excellent writers that deserve to be heard, so go find them and listen to them. Now, if only they could be captured with a better recording, I truly believe they would be unstoppable.

-bishop

Track listing:

1) Something Worth Saving
2) Wrong Lens, Wrong Film
3) Input, Output
4) ---------
5) You Play Guitar
6) I Can't See the Light
7) The Rats
8) Night Shades
9) Bed Down
10) I Think I Heard Her Body Sing


Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



none now
-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.