Brighton’s Tigercub have kept their fans waiting for new music on tenterhooks for almost five years. Between other side hustles and grappling with a pandemic, the trio have kept themselves to themselves until they gained the drive and the opportunity to put something together. Now, they’re finally ready to deliver their sophomore record and first release since 2017, ‘As Blue As Indigo’. By all accounts, it seems that it was well worth the wait.
There’s an authenticity about Tigercub‘s latest offering that could only have come about from musicians truly committed to their sound and style. Indeed, ‘As Blue As Indigo’ could be considered their third album on a technicality; an entire poppier record was written beforehand, before being scrapped for feeling disingenuous to what frontman Jamie Hall wanted the band to represent. Who’s to say if those ditched tunes were or were not bangers, but what we do know is that this risky move was the right one because it gives us the absolute gem we have before us.
The record kicks off with its eponymous track, which also happens to be the biggest plot twist ever experienced in a song. What starts out as a mellow, minimalist melody quickly transforms into a heavy riff that leaves behind any simplistic genre classification like indie, pop, or even rock. ‘Stop Beating On My Heart (Like A Bass Drum)’ brings the mood down with melancholia and brutal honesty that anyone who’s suffered from panic attacks will truly understand. Its relentless beat and whirring guitar lines are scarily accurate in conveying the oppressive, chest-crushing feeling that comes with the body’s natural anxiety response.
A special shout out goes to ‘Sleepwalker’, which could be a contender for any James Bond film theme, and the wholly acoustic and heartfelt ballad ‘Funeral’, which stands as a beautiful and fitting tribute to passed friends and family. ‘Beauty’ carries the same funk and groove that can be found in their artistic neighbours and fellow Brighton based group, Demob Happy. ‘In The Autumn Of My Years’ brings everything full circle with a tune that rises and falls in a microcosmic representation of the record.
The effortless melding of genres proves Tigercub to be genuinely creative and committed to their music, because there’s no way that this complex style could be successful without true belief in it.