As It Is, Static Dress, Witch Fever And More Added To Leeds & Reading Festival

Reading and Leeds Festival have added a whole load of new acts to their line-up. 

As It Is, Sueco, Static Dress, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, WILLOW, All Time Low, cleopatrick, Tigercub, Kid Kapachi and Witch Fever have all been announced to be playing.

They join the already announced Bring Me The Horizon, Halsey and Rage Against The Machine.

Also playing are Måneskin, Enter Shikari, FEVER 333, Kid Brunswick, jxdn, Pale Waves, Denzel Curry. 

The festival will be taking place between August 26-28 at Bramham Park and Richfield Avenue respectively.

Weekend tickets are SOLD OUT but day tickets are still available via the following link.

Check out the full to date lineup below.

Album Review – Tigercub – As Blue As Indigo

Back in 2018 the Brighton-based three piece were on the crest of a wave. As well as regular plays on daytime Radio 1 and a Rockest Record from the Radio 1 Rock Show, years of near non-stop touring had seen them sell out The Scala and play a triumphant hometown show at The Concorde 2. On their last EP, Evolve Or Die, they’d pushed the live-wired sound of their 2016 debut, Abstract Figures In The Dark, massively broadening their sonic palette and delivering Tigercub’s pile-driving guitar gut-punch within an intense digital static.

It seemed like a good place to put things on pause for a bit and in the downtime the band’s lead songwriter and frontman Jamie Hall started tinkering with his own brand of gonzoid psych-pop under the name Nancy. Intended only as a DIY experiment, the project massively took off. Nancy was Hype Machine’s most blogged artist, Hall bagged two record deals and played a string of dates around the world. Not bad for something he’d done in his bedroom chiefly to keep his songwriting chops up. Enough to keep you busy you’d think, 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 what a return it is. 

Jamie, who stands 7 foot tall and is the band’s sole songwriter, claims the creative fire for “As Blue As Indigo” was sparked by colour theory and the notion that what each human eye sees as colour could be totally subjective. That idea led him to explore his own personal issues through a similar prism, exploring topics including anxiety, depression, toxic masculinity, the death of his grandmother and the recent suicide of a close friend; and in turn began spinning the lyrical thread that ties the entire record together. 

“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 fulfill 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.

So shall we dive into the record?

A very soft opening almost as if it was a lullaby for adults, it’s quite a underwhelming first minute or so on this title track but from there things just drop and everything turns up to the more grand spectacle the band we were hoping for from the opening.

Shifting genre in the second track, ‘Sleepwalker’, this just moves into a slow grunge approach so immediately the record feels a little structurally off but if there’s one saving grace so far, it’s how perfectly the bass moulds in with the drums to carry some emotion through the first few minutes.

Now, I’m still on the fence with with this record because there’s a bit more groove in this track which is acceptable but, there’s a larger step taken in risks where it’s hard to tell if anything is paying off but for the moment I do want to say yes, possibly?

Shifting more further into the record and getting back into the groove and it being coherent with it’s strucutre, ‘Built To Fall’ just instantly feels very out place by the time it’s at the tracks final third as it starts to move back to the heavier grunge aspect which made the record appealing in the first place. This continues to be a trend for most of the record in ‘Shame’ which right at the very end in what I’m assuming is some feedback occurs, it makes it a little less professional.

‘As Long As You’re Next To Me’ is probably the best since the second or third track but still feels out of touch when talking about the record as a whole. I’m just unsure of what to make of because it’s in a. perpetual state of changing rhythm and genre. Closing with ‘In The Autumn Of My Years’, this is the record’s saving grace because it ends on a somewhat decent effort by the band but is lost in the sea of identity.

In conclusion, ‘As Blue As Indigo’ feels as if it was two records being produced and recorded at the same time where there’s a some merit to the heavier aspects of the release but there’s no real identity to what’s been made.

Rating: 1.5/5.

Check out the full record below.

Tigercub Share New Single, ‘Funeral’

Tigercub came crashing back into public consciousness earlier this year with a power-trio of hard-hitting singles “Beauty”, “Beat On My Heart (Like A Bass Drum)” and “Blue Mist In My Head”. A fresh blast of new noise and their first new material since 2017, they also announced the news of a much-anticipated second album, “As Blue As Indigo”, set for release on June 18th through Blame Recordings. 

The record was written and produced by the band’s own Jamie Stephen Hall, engineered and co-produced by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse) and subsequently mixed by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Ghost, Royal Blood). Written over two years, “As Blue As Indigo” champions introspection drawing on the subjectivity of colour.

It’s available on LP, CD and Digital Formats where you can pre-order via the following link.

Tigercub today share a fourth taster from the record – dramatically different from the heavier songs that came before, “Funeral” is an intensely personal song ruminating on the loss of friends and family propelled instead by intimate acoustic guitars and a swooping string accompaniment.

Jamie had the following to say about the themes behind their latest song:

“Funeral is a song I wrote to cope with death, firstly to directly cope with my grandmothers passing, but also as an emotional outpouring to the shocking amount of friends I have lost to suicide over the years. I find songwriting incredibly cathartic and therapeutic, it helps me process my emotions and figure out what lies at the core of me. I find it difficult to properly express myself in day to day life, I was always taught as a male that to portray anything other than stoicism was a sign of weakness and that it should be overridden with jovial humour and general toxic bullshit. Nowadays we are all learning how wrong this affectation is, and rightly so.”

The band also recently announced a headline tour for later in the year and tickets are on sale now.

Tigercub will be playing the following dates:

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

Tigercub Release Beautiful New Track

Tigercub have dropped a fantastic new track, ‘As Blue As Indigo’, an epic slow burner.

Jamie Hall had this to say about the track:

“Lyrically “Blue Mist In My Head” is about coping with depression whilst feeling alienated and disconnected from others. That sense of feeling like I’m on auto-pilot going through the motions of life – I’m not really there, I’m not in the room, I’ve disappeared completely.”

Check it out below:

Tigercub Returns With New Single ‘Beauty’

Tigercub have returned to the world of music with their latest single, ‘Beauty’.

Released today with Blame Recordings, it’s the first taster of a series of recording sessions which was produced by the bands own Jamie Stephen Hall, with the co-production and engineering from Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse, Everything Everything).

On the release Jamie says:

“Don’t say you think that you can feel it, because you don’t. Feels like my personality is just a series of instinctive reactions based on past experiences, I feel disconnected to everyone else, no matter how hard people try to empathise, it just feels like they will never understand. “Beauty” is an attempt to journal that mental tug of war.”

Check out ‘Beauty’ below.