SINGLE REVIEW: Blue Mist In My Head by Tigercub
Tigercub came crashing back into our musical consciousness earlier this year with massive sounds Beauty and Beat On My Heart (Like A Bass Drum), their first new material since 2017 - and it was definitely worth the wait. Their latest release, Blue Mist In My Head, propels the band forward into a sinister symphony of epic proportions.
The eerie new track - which will be a massive hit with fans of Coven staples Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age - spirals with resilient, dirty-rock energy. Let Tigercub rock you swiftly back and forth into a hypnotised state of pure bassline bliss, in perfect synchronisation with Jamie's chillingly soft vocals. The relentless drilling of delicious drumbeats are embellished with a tsunami of thrashing guitar riffs that'll knock you sideways - you've been warned.
With lyrics like "sadness holds me hostage when you're near, like a depression machine," its harrowing yet sadly relatable-to-most theme of mental illness will strike a chord with many, especially after the year we've had.
Last month the band announced their much-anticipated second album, As Blue As Indigo, which is set for release on June 18th. Back in 2018 the Brighton-based three-piece were riding high with mainstream radio plays and a shit-tonne of festival appearances. It seemed like a good time to put things on pause for a bit, and during the downtime the band's lead songwriter and frontman Jamie Hall experimented with his own brand of gonzoid psych-pop under the name Nancy. Intended only as a DIY project, the music really took off, but Hall was itching to get back to the day job - determined to use all he'd learned from the solo project to further Tigercub on their return. And boy, did that pay off.
Songwriter Jamie claims the creative fire for As Blue As Indigo was sparked by colour theory, and the notion that what everyone's interpretation of colour could be totally subjective. That idea led him to explore his own personal issues through a similar lens, exploring harrowing topics including anxiety, depression, toxic masculinity, the death of his grandmother and the recent suicide of a close friend. This in turn began spinning the lyrical threads that weave the entire record together.
Putting himself under the microscope was to become key: “I never really felt in the past that I could talk about really personal things. I’d always used a mask. It’s quite easy to do that because you’re not exposing yourself in anyway. I’d always subconsciously tried to shy away from talking about myself,” he notes. “I didn’t want to do that anymore. I wanted this to be about me and process my emotions for the first time. I think that’s made us more genuine and authentic as a band”
As Blue As Indigo is as colourful a journey as the vivid title suggests, its ten tracks span the progressive to the immediate, the gentle to the monolithic, and most of all fulfil the significant potential the band have always promised. As Blue As Indigo is an album that looks set to cement their place at the top table of British rock acts in 2021. The track listing is as follows:
1. As Blue As Indigo
6. Built To Fail
8. As Long You're Next To Me
10. In The Autumn Of My Years The band have also announced a headline tour for later in the year and tickets will go on sale next Friday 16th April at 9am. November 27: Brighton, England - CHALK 28: Guildford, Surrey, England - The Boiler Room 29: Tunbridge Wells, England - The Forum December
01: Norwich, England - The Waterfront 02: Leeds, England - Brudenell 03: Sheffield, England - The Leadmill 04: Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut 05: Newcastle, England - The Think Tank 06: Birmingham, England - Dead Wax 07: Nottingham, England - Bodega Social Club 08: Manchester, England - The Deaf Institute 10: Cardiff, Wales - Clwb Ifor Bach 11: Southampton, England - The Joiners 12: Exeter, Devon, England - The Cavern 14: London, England - Lafayette
Pre-order As Blue As Indigo here (released June 18th)
Review by Courtney Myers
Photography by Rosie Powell