Greg Roberson is not the sort of man who wants to waste your time. If Roberson is taking the time to sit at his drum kit, then you know that the musicians that are accompanying him are worthwhile. In addition to being one of the founding members of The Reigning Sound, he has also performed in the Compulsive Gamblers, Lover!, Snake Eyes (with Jim Dickinson), and in Arthur Lee’s Love! While his band mates in Tiger High might be a bit younger than the folks Roberson is typically known to work with, the chemistry with this line-up is just as strong, if not stronger than the early days of the Reigning Sound. Jake Vest, Toby Vest, and Greg Faison had all been playing in multiple bands together before joining Roberson for Tiger High, and with Roberson’s rock and roll expertise guiding these three young musicians, Tiger High is one of the most ambitious bands playing in Memphis at the moment. When these guys played their first show early last year at the Buccaneer, they already had cassette copies of Myth Is This available. If this band even had growing pains (which based off of the sound of Myth Is This seems unlikely), there is something admirable about the fact that they kept it hidden in the depths of High/Low Recording. This band pulls influences from all over the place. The opening track, “Why Oh Why” sounds like what would happen if a 60′s psychedelic band wrote a 50′s drive in theater make out anthem. “Boys At The Bottom” is easily a drinking anthem for the 2010s. The first single from this record, “Carry My Love,” is the sort of song that you could see laser light shows being arranged to in the future. If you purchased a cassette copy of this record in the past, it’s well worth obtaining a CD version for the two unreleased bonus track “Don’t Want To See You Till You Go” (which is my new favorite Tiger High song) and “Fire.” With the “Riding the Wave”/”Hot Black Honda” digital download single from last summer also included, this record is currently one of my leading contenders for favorite record of 2012. If you like garage rock, psychedelic, indie pop, or just straight rock and roll, there is something on this record for you. Noisy but melodic. Heavy but soft. When thinking of this record, the one word that often comes to mind for me is sound (and definitely in a good way). The tracks were recorded by Toby Vest at High/Low Recording and was mixed by Kevin Cubbins. As seems to be the standard with the bands who record at High/Low the artwork was done by Josh Breeden, and the artwork could not complement the sound of the record any better.
So it is Record Store Day and everything!!! In addition to picking up some of your limited edition goodies, why not grab a copy of Myth Is This? I know I saw a copy in Shangri-la earlier!
Also…be sure to visit Trashy Creatures Records!!! Trashy Creatures is the label run by Greg Roberson and they have a few more exciting releases on the way this year!!! Trashy Creatures has teamed up with California based Burger Records (who co-released the cassette copy of Myth Is This). Check them out as well!!!
CD copies of Myth Is This and Tiger High t-shirts will be available tonight, directly from the band for $10 each! Cassette copies of Myth Is This are $5! Trust me….you want this record!!!
Are you in Nashville? Then go to this!!!
Tiger High will be playing around 5ish! at The Groove (1103 Calvin Ave.)!
Memphis! Get to the Hi-tone (1913 Poplar Ave.) to see Tiger High tonight! This will be their last local show for a couple of months while the spending the summer hitting out of town spots!!! They’ll be playing with The Dirty Streets and the cover is only $5!!! Doors open at 9:00pm, 18 and up!
Check yesterday’s post for info on other shows happening tonight! Tomorrow night (4/22) at The Poplar Lounge (2586 Poplar Ave.) Timmy’s Organism (members of Human Eye) will be performing with True Sons of Thunder and Nots (ex-Bake Sale)! I’d blog more…but I have records to buy! See you tonight at Tiger High!!!