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Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Vukovi, You Me At Six, Lower Than At­lantis

■ “It’s al­ready record­ing, isn’t it?” a mem­ber of Ti­gress asks in the open­ing sec­onds of their third EP. “Yeah, but let’s do it prop­erly and not shit,” a band­mate replies. So, have th­ese Chelms­ford alt.rock­ers fol­lowed their own ad­vice? First track Para­noid sug­gests they have. Its slash­ing gui­tars and singer Katy Jackson’s vo­cals are com­mand­ing and spiky, build­ing to a huge cli­max that’s far bet­ter and more epic than any­thing we could have fore­seen for this quin­tet. Un­for­tu­nately, things never quite hit this bril­liant height again. Bring Me Down is sim­i­larly hys­ter­i­cal in its de­liv­ery, but pre­vented from head­ing sky­wards by leaden melodies. Over Your Love, mean­while, also sug­gests a be­lief that vol­ume is a suit­able sub­sti­tute for a dearth of hooks. Then, just when you think EP stands for ‘early prom­ise’, closer The Cycle re­dresses the balance be­tween scale and sub­stance. An okay ef­fort, then, book­ended by tracks hint­ing at some­thing more. JAMES HICKIE

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