Catch a tiger by the tail, even a tired one, and you'd better hang on. The same holds true for the self-titled EP by new local outfit Worn Out Tigers: "Floating on the surface rests an oily film of gasoline," roars the singer, "our ship is burning 20 miles off the coast." The band slams into the riff with an intensity its members will largely maintain over the rest of the EP's four songs.
The band formed in 2008, initially as an instrumental trio of Jack Musil (guitar and keys), Max Mesoloski (bass and keys) and drummer Trevor Read. Braden Faisant, previously a drummer for Science is Dead, joined last year as vocalist and lyricist, and the band adopted the name Worn Out Tigers last winter.
Throughout the EP, the band shows off loads of chops and inventive parts, including mathy guitars reminiscent of Fugazi, one of the band's influences. (Others include At the Drive-In and Circa Survive.) The opener, "Shipwrecker," packs a Rollins Band wallop, while "Like a Lizard" brings more swagger; "Eat the Head Off" starts with a riff reminiscent of Rage Against the Machine. But Worn Out Tigers is also capable of more atmospheric, shadowy sounds, like the opening of "Wolf Eyes," a track that shows plenty of sophistication and skill.
It's not all great ideas -- I'm having trouble with a Gameboy-ish sequence in the last track -- but it's a polished, solid debut from an inventive new band on the local scene.
Worn Out Tigers CD release with In the Wake of Giants, Edhochuli, My Mouth is the Speaker and Run, Forever. 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 11. 222 Ormsby, 222 Ormsby Ave., Mount Oliver. $5. www.myspace.com/222ormsby