Pennsylvania pop punk outfit Tigers Jaw may not be a Boston band, but don’t tell their fans in Boston that. The group who was once signed to Boston label Run For Cover records, has made something of a second home of the city. On Saturday night, they closed out their US tour in Boston with a show that had a hometown feel to it.
The group are on the road in support of their new album “Spin” which was released earlier this year via Black Cement Records. They’ve been on tour since May with support from Smidley and Saintseneca. But on Saturday night as that tour came to a close, Tigers Jaw brought down the proverbial house at Royale Nightclub with one of the more passionate crowds the Boston alternative scene has seen this year.
Right from the get go, during “Follows” and “Frame You” – the first two songs played on the night - the crowd was moving with mosh pits and crowd surfing a plenty. The early portion of the show was largely dedicated to material from “Spin” including “June,”“Escape Plan,” and the aforementioned set opener “Follows.”
But it was once Tigers Jaw went into their back catalog that things really got going. The last 7 or so songs of the set were played almost entirely without the need for vocals as the Boston crowd passionately sung every word. On “Chemicals” and “Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine” there was a whole lot of action and a whole lot of singing. After playing 19 songs for a main set, fans were begging for an encore, and Tigers Jaw delivered. Playing “Never Saw it Coming” from their 2008 self-titled effort had the crowd passionately singing along at a level that you would have thought you were in a venue 3 times the size.
Tigers Jaw vocalist/guitarist Ben Walsh addressed the crowd at one point saying how the group considered Boston to be a second home to them. It’s hardly the first time they’ve played a significant show in Boston as in 2013 they played their “farewell” show at the Sinclair before Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins decided to continue Tigers Jaw as a duo, rather than the original five member lineup they had initially fielded. Then in 2015 after releasing the wildly successful “Charmer” as a duo, Tigers Jaw began a lengthy tour with back to back sold out shows at that same Sinclair in Cambridge.
Tigers Jaw have become one of the more popular groups of the modern pop punk/emo scene in the last few years, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Boston. Next up for Tigers Jaw is a mid to late August run in the UK.