Tigers Jaw Rouses Hometown Crowd With Emotionally Charged Set REVIEW + PHOTOS: Tiger Jaws @THE FILLMORE 6/9/18
PHILADELPHIA, PA- Living close to the Philadelphia area and its music scene is a pleasure. With countless music venues, attracting artist of all genre’s, its truly a melting pot of arts and music. Tonight’s show at The Fillmore is the second of back to back sold out shows for local band The Wonder Years and comes close to the end their current run of show dates. The show, considered a homecoming was originally scheduled for a single date but quickly expanded to two. Getting to the venue about 30 mi prior to doors you could feel a charge in the air, every pub and restaurant over run euphoric fans out for a good time. Also on tonight’s ticket local band rock band Tigers Jaw, Minnesota based indie-rockers Tiny Moving Parts and the New York based punkers The Worriers.
In March of 2013, Tigers Jaw cast doubt on their future by announcing the departure of three band mates, Adam Mcllwee, Pat Brier and Dennis Mishko. However, Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins pushed forward as a duo, adding touring musicians Luke Schwartz, Teddy Roberts and Pat Benson when on the road. Overcoming tremendous adversity, Tigers Jaw went on to release the Album “Charmer” in 2014 much to the delight of their fans. Tigers Jaw is currently touring in support of their latest album “Spin” which dropped in 2017 via Black Cement Records.
Tigers Jaw casually and confidently walked onto the stage with little more than a smile and a nod, the crowd showing their love loudly. Hailing from Scranton PA, that love was loud. Tigers Jaw originally formed in 2005 during the surge of emo music, and has continually evolved, currently working the boundaries of several genres including punk and hardcore, with emotionally charges lyrics being the norm, and spirited performances the expectation.
Tigers Jaw moved through their set with shear precision, starting with “Follows”, a dark and moody song showcasing catchy guitar riffs and sound melodies. Despite the huge shift within the band, they’ve managed to retain their trademark sounds, with Walsh and Collins cohabitating as front man/woman, delivering beautiful infectious vocal harmonies and tight instrumentals. Each song met with loud cheers from the crowd who sang along with virtually all of them.