PREMIERE: Tigerwine’s “Sharp Elbows” is a scathing shot at religious zealotry

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If you couldn’t see the photo above and were only going on the music below, you’d probably never guess that Tigerwine is a three-piece band. The young trio plays a decidedly heavy strain of ’90s-influenced alt-rock with a post-hardcore twinge, making a comparison to Balance And Composure a favorable one, but unlike that band’s three-guitar lineup, Tigerwine is just one guitar, one bass, one drumset and a whole lot of angsty noise (and we mean angsty noise in the awesome way, not in the “a clueless parent is banging on your bedroom door to tell you to turn down your Nirvana CDs” way). Today, we’re premiering the Thomas Helvenstine-directed music video for “Sharp Elbows” from their new EP, Lull. Frontman Hayden Trobee comments:

“‘Sharp Elbows’ is about being fed up. I grew up in church and this song was written at a time in my life when my family had our lives uprooted by people I saw as having an almost alien way about them. People who say and do all the right things but behind closed doors are inhumanly cruel. People who it seems almost always, inexplicably, are involved with such institutions.”

Tigerwine’s Lull EP is available now via Blood & Ink Records.

Tigerwine will hit the road in September in support of Lull alongside Papertowns:

09/14 Flagstaff, AZ @ The Hive
09/16 Wildomar, CA @ Dad’s Den
09/17 Ventura, CA @ Ventura Music Hall
09/18 Fresno, CA @ Milf Mountain
09/19 Stockton, CA @ Burning Bush
09/20 Medford, OR @ Eaden Ballroom
09/22 Bremerton, WA @ The Charleston
09/25 Meridian, ID @ The Emery House
09/27 Logan, UT @ Whysound
09/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Underground
09/29 Fort Collins, CO @ Art Lab
09/30 Denver, CO @ 7th Circle Collective
10/02 Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor