Tigers Jaw is a band from Scranton, Pennsylvania. They have released three studio albums, a self-titled album on Prison Jazz Records, which was re-released in 2010 on Run for Cover Records, a split EP with Balance and Composure on Run for Cover Records, and a new album Two Worlds also on Run for Cover Records. They also released a 7-inch, "Spirit Desire", in 2009, on Tiny Engines Records. On March 21, 2013, Tigers Jaw announced that they will be going on hiatus. However, on August 6, 2013, Run for Cover Records posted that the band never officially stated that they were going to break up. The band will still be making music, and in fact, they recorded a new album with all of the original members.
The punk music website AbsolutePunk gave their debut record a generally positive review, noting that "Tigers Jaw is fueled by emotionally-driven lyrics brought to life by vocalist Adam McIlwee, whose voice is one of those that reveal passion while at the same time giving the impression that he's barely trying. Aforementioned opener "The Sun" is one of the better tracks on the album, offering up a well-organized mix of Tigers Jaw's two personas."
Also reviewing the debut, another punk music website Punknews.org cited that the tracks "'Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine' and 'Chemicals' both [...re some solid guitar work in the form of weeping, goosebump-inducing solos. Strong vocal harmonies and bouncy guitar work carry both "I Saw Water" and "Heat" to heights other bands would have a hard time reaching." The band's name is a reference to a song by lo-fi band The Microphones. They also have a number of songs whose titles reference songs by the band.
On March 21, 2013, Tigers Jaw made an announcement on their tumblr. "After our show in Scranton two weeks ago, Adam, Pat, and Dennis let Ben and I know that for personal reasons they are unable to do Tigers Jaw anymore. This was a surprise for the both of us, but everyone is on good terms, and we respect and support them and their decisions.
A full band Tigers Jaw lineup (consisting of Ben and I with the help of some talented friends) will be doing a full US tour in May-June as well as the UK dates of the previously announced tour with the Menzingers in August. We regret to announce that we will have to cancel the mainland Europe dates. We apologize to the promoters, venues, and anyone who bought tickets.
These are likely to be the last Tigers Jaw tours for the foreseeable future. US tour dates will be announced soon. Thanks.
Later on, the message was simply misinterpreted and the two remaining members of Tigers Jaw have spoken out about this message.
Brianna Collins - keyboards, vocals (2005-present),
Ben Walsh - guitars, vocals (2005-present),
Mike May - drums (2005),
Adam McIlwee - guitars, vocals (2005-2013),
Dennis Mishko - bass (2005-2013),
Pat Brier - drums (2005-2013),
Current touring members
Andrew Fisher - bass (2013-present),
James Fisher - drums (2013-present),
Derrick Sherman - guitars, vocals (2013-present)