Being one of the most hotly anticipated acts of 2017 is a privilege and a curse. There have been so many bands destined for stardom, only to fall at the first hurdle because of pressure and anticipation. Brighton trio Tigercub are certainly hoping this won’t be the case for them, after all, 2015’s ‘Abstract Figures In The Dark’ gained plaudits from critics and fans alike praising the underground grunge sound that has been missing from mainstream music for so long.
It’s no surprise then that the band’s new release, ‘Evolve Or Die’ is under an intense amount of scrutiny and, unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to expectations.
From the get go, it’s obvious that the band have put everything into making this record separate from its predecessor. Lead single and opener ‘Divided States Of Us’ is a perfect example of this, and of why this band has the potential to be huge. It’s an absolutely incredible track, and it fully showcases how and why this band are tipped to be the next big thing. It has everything; guitars full of fuzz, drums full of grit, lyrics full of swagger, and frontman Jamie Hall‘s voice sounds like a modern day Josh Homme. All of this makes for one of the best opening tracks to a record of 2017 thus far, and indeed a few years prior.
If the rest of the EP was as good as the opening track, we’d be listening to a contender for the Mercury Prize. Yet, unfortunately, that’s not the case. As much as you can praise a band for trying to progress and step away from previous records, there needs to be a gradualism to this. The band have gone from a band sounding like Queens Of The Stone Age on acid, to sounding like The Klaxons playing a punk club. The rest of the ‘Evolve Or Die’ absolutely stinks of an arrogance that is yet to be earned.
There are definite signs of promise from the trio, ‘It’s Only Love’ being a perfect example. It’s a song that, given the right nurturing, could turn out to be fit for radio play all around the world. Instead, it relies too heavily on synthesisers and electronics, and falls flat into the boring category.
You have to give praise to Tigercub for trying to release a record that doesn’t sound like a rehashed version of everything else, and for trying to actually make a sound their own. However, they’ve literally released an EP that sounds nothing like their previous record, have tried to progress too much too soon, and tried a little (scratch that, a lot) too hard.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)