Tigers Jaw’s Ben Walsh: “This band has always had a really great sense of community around it”

Tigers Jaw
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It might’ve taken a hot minute, but the Pennsylvanian pop-punks in Tigers Jaw have finally found their ultimate form. After hashing out their first four (critically adored) albums as a quintet, 2017 came with a soft reboot in Spin, on which duties were shared between guitarist Ben Walsh and keyboardist Bri Collins. For all intents and purposes, the formula worked: the record is palpably dynamic both in performance and production, and it was an unequivocal hit between longtime devouts and casual listeners alike. But for Walsh and Collins, something wasn’t quite right. It didn’t feel real enough.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…