Tigers Jaw has undergone many a member adjustment over the years they've been active, and on their upcoming spin LP, there are just two of them that remain. From the sounds of it, Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh seem to have spent the last three years revisiting the gritty pathos that made them so widely appreciated in the first place, as evidenced by "Escape Plan," their latest single, premiering below.
"It feels like all my life, I'm running from the same things," Walsh sings on the track, his words foreshadowing the percussion that ends up bursting the tension. With its confessional lyrics, humming sense of dread, and wailed chorus, "Escape Plan" sounds like a return to the "Chemicals" days of lore. But thanks to the matured emotional capacity that will inevitably result after an almost-decade, the duo sounds fresh, honest, and self-aware.
“This was the hardest song for me to finish during the writing process, but it was very fun to record," Walsh explained to The FADER via email. "For me, ‘Escape Plan’ is a song about two opposing forces: the fear of being alone and fear of fully committing to someone. It feels like a sad song but there is some hopefulness within it as well. Dynamically, the song has a consistent upward arc, intentionally building tension and intensity to mirror the conflict in the lyrics. The use of the panning stereo acoustic guitars is a nod to The Microphones, who have been a huge influence on Tigers Jaw since the band started.”