BLAME Recordings [Release date 18.06.21]
Fans of Brighton based Tigercub have been waiting patiently for this, the band’s second album, after releasing their well-received debut in 2016. In between times main songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Jamie Hall has been busy with his solo project Nancy, which proved very successful. The rest of Tigercub consists of bassist Jimi Wheelwright and drummer James Allix. They were also lucky enough to play at the scaled down Download festival pilot in June and played a blinder by all accounts.
Musically Tigercub are all over the place, but in a good way, be it a bit of Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA) on ‘Blue Mist In My Head’, or the title track, that starts off gently, then wham hits you with a big riff and chorus. Then there is the gentle ‘Funeral’, dedicated to Jamie Hall’s late grandmother. Here he channels a bit of Jeff Buckley in his singing to produce one of the album’s highlights.
Tigercub can produce the live anthems as ‘Stop Beating On My Heart (Like A Bass Drum)’ proves, and yes it does indeed have a big backbeat as the title suggests.
Tigercub are bound to please their existing fans and gain many more new ones after they’ve heard this album. Variety is the key word on here as they mix moments of calm with some out and out bangers. Prefect listening for those who enjoy Muse, QOTSA and Tax The Heat. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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