If there’s anywhere to go to in Glasgow to see some indie rock, it’s Stereo. Known for their vegan food and small basement venue – characterised by a series of concrete pillars. Stereo is one of my favourite places to catch bands and on a cold April night, there’s only one place to be. Tigers Jaw are back in Glasgow, not too long after their last appearance in Stereo last August, following the release of their 5th studio album, Spin.
First to the stage are Warriors, hailing from Brooklyn, New York. We are met with power house cymbals and a spark, reminiscent of bands like The Distillers. Lauren Denitzi – the band’s lead and main songwriter – is the highlight of Warriors and carrying them through with her sugary punk rock songs. The audience hasn’t warmed up yet and it’s all low energy for this set which doesn’t go over for the Glasgow crowd who are patiently waiting on the next support act.
Everyone is swaying and smiling but it’s a short cry from our next support – Slaughter Beach, Dog – an indie outfit from Philadelphia. When the crowd comes in from outside and the floor is starting to fill out, it’s clear that this is the band to see. Their soft lo-fi sound is dreamy, they are engaging with fans and working every bit of the small stereo space they have.
Tigers Jaw are setting up their own stage and it’s humbling to see. Everyone is hollering and waiting in anticipation until the lights go down. Seconds in and someone has already started to crowd surf to the front of the floor. My first time seeing Tigers Jaw was in 2016 at King Tuts. I only remember thinking that while they were fun to watch, the band appeared timid and quiet compared to Basement who know how to control a stage and their crowd. But this was their time to headline and it showed. They open with Favourite from their latest album, Spin and it’s evident that the crowd is embracing their newest material.
As the set is reaching middle ground, we really start to see Tigers Jaw come out their shell. Ben is throwing himself and his guitar around the stage and fusing melodically with Brianna on harmonies, with her bright green hair moving under the soft lights. During “Hum” – one the bands most coveted tracks – the whole vibe of the room changes and the front barrier crowd opens up the space for everyone to move around. A group of boys are piling on the stage to dive into the crowd – because that’s so punk rock isn’t it? At some point, someone knocks Brianna’s keyboard but she recovers quickly and the show goes on.
The chemistry between Tigers Jaw and the Glasgow crowd is incredible to watch as Ben leaves it to us to sing the “Never Saw It Coming“ bridge. It’s the highlight of the night. As the set closes, the band ends on a high note with fan favourites, “Plane Vs Tank Vs Submarine“ and “I Saw Water“. It was the perfect end to an incredible show.