Given their tech-metal credentials (a collective CV listing previous stints with TesseracT, The Safety Fire, The Faceless), Good Tiger‘s debut missive ‘A Head Full Of Moonlight’ is a surprisingly concise and sumptuous affair, offering welcome relief from head-scratching complexities with a dose of huge melodies and soulful simplicity.
With the likes of a glisteningly beautiful ‘Latchkey Kids’ and the slippery smooth riffola of ‘Snake Oil’, there are certainly ideas here, instrumental fireworks (‘All Her Own Teeth’) and atmospheric colour (‘Understanding Silence’) displaying a willful devotion to flexing their musical muscle (not to mention the thudding down-tuned assault of closer ’67’ Pontiac Friebird’ letting slip a glimpse of their metallic past).
Yet it’s a tendency to leave over-complicated song structure and lengthy arrangements at door, coupled with the sugar coated croon of frontman Elliot Coleman, which sees ‘Head Full Of Moonlight’ an effort built on lean, sleek power. Progressive without self-indulgence and spilling over with hooks, there is something delightfully fresh about what Good Tiger are doing, harnessing their state of the art proficiency and channeling it into a sound as dynamic as it is elegant. Long may it continue.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)