TIGERS JAW + SAINTSENECA + SMIDLEY @ THE REGENT THEATRE
Photos by Maximilian Ho Words by Neelofer Lodhy
Fans queued up at DTLA’s Regent Theatre, wrapping around the block in anticipation to catch Scranton-based band Tigers Jaw. The group that has been a band for twelve years now has accrued a solid following and continue to entice more listeners with their latest effort spin, released last month.
“If you’ve streamed it, listened to it in any way, or bought it… we’re so excited to have it out in the world and thankful that you all are here and listening to the songs with us,” gushed keyboardist/vocalist Brianna Collins.
For Collins and vocalist/guitarist Brian Walsh, the large turn out for the show displayed a tremendous amount of dedication from fans. This was a humbling experience for the duo as they experienced a large departure of three members back in 2013, making the future of the band unforeseeable. Despite the rupture, Collins and Walsh continued as a duo and prevailed, releasing an impactful record that encompasses much of the emotional circumstance.
Nonetheless, fans were jumping, screaming and singing holding Tigers Jaw vinyls high in the air as Tigers Jaw doused the crowd with their new material. “I’m a little under the weather, so thanks for singing along with us and helping me out,” Walsh said. “This is a lot of fun. This is our first time at the Regent. I can’t believe how many people are here. This means the world to us. Thank you so much.”
Thrilled by the overwhelming response of a dedicated crowd, Collins and Walsh played an impressive set filled with career-spanning tracks from their self-titled record, to 2014’s Charmer, and of course, a selected few of fan favorites from spin.
With spin, Tigers Jaw enveloped the crowd with the vocal harmonies of Collins and Walsh, complimented by singular, folk-like guitar chords, backed and blended by a soft wave of intoxicating organ keys.
Supporting Tigers Jaw on their North American tour which kicked off in May are St. Louis five-piece indie band Smidley who gave the evening a fun start. Smidley are also promoting their sophomore self-titled record which was just released earlier this month. “…critically acclaimed by, what’s your name? Cassidy. Cassidy from the second row says your album was great! Check it out! Here’s a song from the album – all these songs are from the album,” frontman Conor Murphy exclaimed as he engaged with us. Murphy, who also fronts rock band Foxing, continued to joke and partake in crowd banter throughout their set.
Columbus’ American folk-band Saintseneca completed the trifecta in terms of new releases with their most recent effort Book of the Dead on Sale, a short two-minute teaser. The band set an interesting tone for the evening as their smooth, folk sounds accompanied by an array of diverse instrumentation.