This week, Tigers Jaw has released their first new song since 2017’s spin. “Warn Me” is the band’s first material to officially include touring members Colin Gorman and Teddy Roberts, and together the four piece is stepping into new sonic territory without abandoning the familiar. Though a new release is an occasion itself, the song is also meant to draw attention to a much larger announcement: Tigers Jaw has signed to Hopeless Records, and plan to release their sixth studio album later this year, produced by frequent collaborator and scene favorite Will Yip. “Warn Me” will not appear on the album, but I for one am happy to have something to carry me over.
The Yip-produced track includes the staples fans’ have come to expect from a Tigers Jaw single: confessional lyrics about a failed relationship, a tempo and melody that constantly push the song forward, and the interwoven voices of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins. But “Warn Me” feels more dynamic than their previous effort: the vocals are tighter, and the driving guitars are balanced by verses built around more understated bass and synth. Rather than a complete departure from their recent work, “Warn Me” indicates a real refinement in the approach. Tigers Jaw has never been known to rest in any groove too long before reshaping their sound, and this week’s announcement shows we have a lot more to look forward to.