This Tigress article was written by Evie Myers, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.
If a tigress is a symbol of strength, daring and passion, then this band are aptly named. After a successful slot at the UK Warped Tour this October, the rock quintet from Chelmsford are making a bold, professional statement with their debut EP ‘Human’. Creating sounds worthy of a well-established artist, Tigress seemingly show no bounds with their eclectic mixture of light, easy going melodies and heavier rock music.
Their ability to layer their songs and build to an almighty crescendo is wonderful to hear, even from EP opener ‘Alive’. As the guitar teases us in the opening verse, this allows vocalist Katy Jackson to take centre stage. It truly explodes into perfection when accompanied by a blasting riff at the chorus. This is truly a remarkable way to make your mark in the music world. It’s a smart move to highlight one’s powerful assets in a band and Tigress certainly achieve this by stripping the instruments back in the right places to let Jackson’s voice shine.
Tigress have a wonderful habit of creating heavy, more rock resembling choruses, seen in eponymous track ‘Human’, ‘Lucky Ones’ and ‘Alive’. The driving guitars and drums complement her soft tones wonderfully. The male harmonies in the chorus of ‘Future’ are haunting to behold, and add a dimension of mystery to the track. It seems this is a band that likes to keep us on our toes.
Easing back the tempo in ‘Fire’ really lets the listener appreciate Jackson’s voice once again, which, in fact resembling the power and range of Paramore’s Hayley Williams. This is definitely a track that would sound beautiful as an acoustic piece. ‘Miracle ‘s particular is a highlight, with hearty guitars and drums, playing sublimely behind empathetic lyrics sung to perfection. The only complaint about this, and ‘Alive’ is that these tracks are rather short, leaving the listener begging for more.
‘Human’ is filled with powerful songs, worthy of a movie soundtrack. Jackson’s vocals know no bounds, and such an epic voice displaying Tigress’ message is very exciting to hear. But to save from praising Tigress endlessly, it would be easier to say that this is one of the most professional sounding debut EPs in a long time.
‘Human’ is now available through LAB Records.