Acid Tiger- Acid Tiger

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, May 11, 2010

With members who have been involved in both Converge and United Nations, you might expect that Acid Tiger is going to be a hardcore act but when listening to their self titled debut you will find that this is hardly the case. Formed in late 2007, the group attempts to merge punk with elements of southern rock and is always experimenting. And while this isn’t necessarily a must have effort, if you’re looking for fun, catchy rock that you will really enjoy listening to consider checking this disc out.

There are some moments on this release that fall into the realm of traditional groove laden rock, but it is definitely clear that the instrumentalists of Acid Tiger are always trying something new. On the song “Big Beat” there is some very prominent harmonica playing which enhances the southern rock feel of the album, and towards the end drummer Ben Koller breaks out into an extended drum solo that rivals some of the best of them. This is part of what makes the group different from so many that have come before them, as rather than just making southern influenced groove heavy rock that has a traditional verse/chorus structure Acid Tiger throws out the traditional formula and creates extremely lengthy tunes. Admittedly there are a few moments that drag, but this doesn’t happen too frequently and listeners are sure to enjoy what the seven tracks have to offer.

The vocals walk the line between clean singing and screaming, and Acid Tiger’s singer has a certain swagger and attitude that is hard to dislike. It definitely has some punk sensibilities, and may surprise quite a few listeners the first time that they hear it considering the other bands that some of these guys are involved in. But that certainly adds to the band’s appeal, as listeners will find the lyrics from songs such as “Dark Hands” stuck in their heads for days to come. These guys certainly have found a very capable vocalist to support their instrumental arrangements and this helps make their material more memorable.

Acid Tiger is a surprisingly diverse band that certainly sounds different from every other act on the Deathwish roster. I don’t see this album being one that listeners will consider one of the best of the year, but it will definitely be one that they will enjoy quite a bit and may go back to more than they’d expect. Hopefully we see more from Acid Tiger in the future, as they’re off to a great start.

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