Tigers Jaw

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Lately, you’d be hard-pressed to find a recent article about Scranton indie punks Tigers Jaw that doesn’t devote its first paragraph to the elephant in the room: Last year, three members announced their departure from the group, casting doubt over its future until they announced they’d recorded a new LP with all original members. The resulting album, Charmer—released last week via Run for Cover Records—sounds like their deepest effort thus far, guided by the ever-scrupulous hand of producer Will Yip. Each of its 12 tracks retains the familiar dichotomy of mostly-sanguine melodies versus saddening lyrics, and, as always, the band knows how to craft a hook. This time around, the songwriting’s got an even sharper edge. Even more notably, Charmer finds keyboardist Brianna Collins grabbing hold of the spotlight her honeyed voice deserves with “Hum” after previously taking a vocal backseat to guitarists Ben Walsh and Adam McIlwee. Even drummer Pat Brier gets to show off his Vedder-esque growl on “I Envy Your Apathy.”

Now that it’s left to Walsh and Collins to carry the band on their own, how do they soldier on?  Fans would probably be satisfied with just the two of them playing a run of stripped-down acoustic shows, like their recent in-store performance at F.Y.E. in Center City, and there’s a hilarious gem of an Instagram video featuring a dude getting up and dancing to “Distress Signal” to prove it. Instead, they’ve enlisted a scene supergroup of drummer Elliot Babin (Touche Amore), bassist Luke Schwartz (Make Do and Mend) and guitarist Jake Woodruff (Defeater) to round out its summer lineup, which kicks off tonight with Charmer’s official release show at Union Transfer. // JAKE ABBATE

8:30pm. $12-$14. With Pity Sex, Loose Planes + Petal. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
 

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 06/16/2014. .

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