Who Are Ya?

NOW PLAYING: Two Worlds by Tigers Jaw

Each week, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or bands management will ever have made these recommendations; it is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. 

So without further ado, let’s crack on with this week’s introduction, in which CityLifer Ian Burke recommends Tigers Jaw for your audible delectation. 

Who are ya?

Patrick Prier from Tigers Jaw

Where are you from?

Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

How long have you been doing what you’re doing now?

I don’t really know. For what seems like a long time, I guess.

Is being a musician your full time job? If not, what is?

I don’t think I do anything full-time. Music is something that I love to take part in, but I wouldn’t consider myself a musician. I just like playing music with my friends and getting to know my friends better through music. Making new friends through music is something very special as well.

How would you explain your sound to someone’s 90 year old grandmother?

I wouldn’t be able to describe our sound to a 9 year old girl or boy. Music should speak for itself rather than be categorized and shaped by perceptions. Describing sounds is kind of worthless most of the time, I think. Like, if I said to you, we sound a lot like an INDIE version of Primus, what would that make you think? Would you be half as interested than if you just happened upon us and liked the music we made?

Are there any obvious influences in your music?

Life experience, which I think shapes and influences every person creating music or art or anything they feel expresses something they wouldn’t be able to express otherwise.

Are there any not so obvious influences in your music?

The fact that we draw a lot of influence from note-by-note recorded guitar solos.

Best place for people to find out what you are up to?


Anything to declare?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Chan Marshall’s music, and in one of her songs she says “no one is afraid of themselves.” I think people should be afraid of themselves all the time. Just a thought.

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