Tigers of Junction Street – Tigers of Junction Street
Have you ever heard of Tigers of Junction Street? No? Well, that’s about to change, and for good reason. In contrast to the rest of the world, the United States – for a country as musically diverse as it is – does not seem to find any importance as a whole in seeking out bands in other countries until they become quite large. A tendency to ignore the up-and-coming musical acts really puts the blinders up to potentially awesome musical experiences such as this band in particular.
Across the Atlantic Ocean in High Wycomb, UK is where Tigers of Junction Street call home. Their self-titled EP, Tigers of Junction Street, is their first release in any format since their first single, “Glass Walls” from 2012. I’m not sure what they were doing between those releases, but the sound is consistent and the EP is structured very well hinting that a lot of forethought went into the production of it.
What does it sound like? Intricacy. I almost want to think that this is what Life on Repeat would have sounded like if they had followed a logical band progression instead of breaking up following a seemingly uninspired final release. The guitar riffs are complex while the breakdowns are melodically experimental while utilizing a lighter distortion than most bands of this style would tend to gravitate towards. The vocals are primarily poppy and clean, which is where I am reminded of Life on Repeat. (specifically songs like “Rock the Boat” from Struggle + Sleep) They have also included a lot of chord progressions that remind me of Periphery a little. In between songs, they have the occasional programmed interlude to stitch the album together which can be reminiscent of the early interludes utilized by The Dillinger Escape Plan. If I had to tell someone about this album in one sentence, I would say early Dance Gavin Dance meets djent with the gain turned down a notch. The next time you have that conversation with a friend who says they would like metalcore if it weren’t for the vocals, send them the Tigers of Junction Street EP and expand their horizons (both literally and figuratively).