Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Box Tiger: "Set Fire" (album review)

The Box Tiger have been one of the hardest working bands around the GTA.  It seems like they are constantly preforming.  So it's a bit surprising to realize that their August 6th release, Set Fire, will be the group's debut full length.

For those of you who haven't had the chance to hear The Box Tiger or see them perform live, they really don't set out to reinvent the wheel.  Instead they play a tried and true alternative rock, and they do it with the polish you'd expect from a more seasoned band.

The album is characterized by slick rock numbers.  You can almost see the shine on power pop ditties like "Bleeding Hart" and "Maker".  At it's very best, like on the focus-track "Knives", The Box Tiger sound like Metric, but with more urgency.

The backing vocals on "Set Fire To Your Friends" are so compelling you wish they had employed the technique more often on the album.  They add a hook to the propulsive song.

The record's low point is "Julian".  It's a plodding number that never really catches fire, despite singer Sonia Sturino sounding eerily similar to Florence Welch on it.  Earlier on the record, she bellows out some forceful soaring vocals on the down tempo "Hospital Choir".

Set Fire, despite lacking any groundbreaking elements, is more than a solid debut LP.  The Box Tiger should help provide a soundtrack for the remainder of your summer.

The Box Tiger play The Garrison in Toronto on August 1st.

Best tracks: "Set Fire To Your Friends", "Knives"

Track listing for Set Fire:
  • Bleeding Hart
  • The Hollows
  • Set Your Friends On Fire
  • Hospital Choir
  • Knives
  • Taller Than Trees
  • Maker
  • Julian
  • See-Through Hole
  • Unmasked

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