Mitchell Hillman listens to more local music than just about anyone in the Valley. He presents his picks for best new music in his column, Right Hear Right Now.
Tigerface - "Slip Away"
After nine years of releases, the dance rock outfit known as Tigerface is finally set to release their first full-length album in the form of Paint The Sky next month. In preparation, they have unveiled the first single from the album, "Slip Away." You wouldn't expect it from the slightly over-dramatic synths that start off the song, but these guys really rock out while maintaining a strong sense of electronica danceability. The combination actually works quite well. I often find it refreshing when genres combine, and "Slip Away" is a damn fine example of exactly that. I'd love to see these guys live, because if their show compares to their recordings it's got to be a hell of an event just from an energy perspective alone. The chorus is also damn catchy. It doesn't seem that Tigerface is attempting to be anything that they aren't, there doesn't seem to be any pretension here, just a group of guys that like to rock AND dance in equal measure. I'm not actually sure which is better , the dance pop backdrop or the vocal rock delivery, so I'll just enjoy both together. One thing is for sure, I can't wait to hear the rest of the album when it drops next month, because if this track is any indication, it's going to be pretty magnificent.