Tiger Please - They Don’t Change Under Moonlight
When Pickles the dog unearthed the FA Cup from under a Norwood hedge back in 1966 there must have been at least a brief moment in which his owner furtively checked over both shoulders and considered the possibility of keeping this momentous find a secret. That’s pretty much how I feel having been in possession of this album for a couple of weeks now. They Don’t Change Under Moonlight is a phenomenal piece of work that has come out of absolutely nowhere. Tiger Please are such a young band, having only been gigging for barely a year, that I literally had to check that I hadn’t been sent the wrong album as it arrives so fully formed.
So what’s the big deal? Well, vocalist Leon Stanford has the kind of voice that a million rock bands would kill for; as passionate and rich as Eddie Vedder with all the power of Kings of Leon's Caleb. I had expected another run-of-the-mill emo effort but what we’ve got on our hands here is a band willing to sound unfashionably huge and yet touchingly personal. This is a band with heart and ambition whose scope and scale, not to mention glassy guitar parts, are reminiscent of nothing so much as Unforgettable Fire era U2.
This may only be technically a mini album but there’s not a hint of a duff track to be found. ‘Light and Sound’ is genuinely monumental; lyrical guitar lines sparkle across a dynamic palette of incredible maturity. ‘Without Sound’, featuring Attack Attack’s Neil is the highlight of this all too brief set, mixing irresistible hooks with heart on the sleeve defiance to stunning effect. The whole package represents an absolutely storming, ambitious, passionate debut album which I’ve literally played to destruction. Like Pickles' owner, I’m too honest to keep a secret. If there’s any justice or sanity on this planet then his band is going to be huge, just remember where you heard it first.