Last Hurrah (Big Stir Digital Single No. 86)
BIG STIR RECORDS was born of the LA live music scene, and we miss it deeply. Those roots are why this week's Digital Single from EZ TIGER thrills us so much: they're simply one of the most exciting bands to grace our Burbank stage in better times. “Last Hurrah” b/w “Bird” – out Friday, August 14 and up for pre-order at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles now – mark the first blast from their forthcoming album CATAPULTING STARS (due September 15) to reach public ears, and a welcome chance for listeners everywhere to make the acquaintance of one of our hometown's most powerful and captivating bands.
EZ Tiger is an all-female power trio, with an emphasis on power, melody, and texture alike. They've created a multi-layered, melodic and driving pop/rock sound led by singer/guitarist TINA DIGEORGE’s unconventional songwriting and captivating guitar stylings. Drummer KRISTY McINNIS provides tight & explosive rhythms, accompanied by bassist extraordinaire and all-around LA scene star TERESA COWLES. EZ Tiger delivers pulsing rockers as well as ballads with crafted skill and finesse. The songs are uniquely infectious. The new album Catapulting Stars, from which “Last Hurrah” is the lead single, was produced by multi-instrumentalist Debbie Shair (Heart, The Brian Wilson Band) at the famed Tomorrowlabs Studio in Eagle Rock, CA.
“'Last Hurrah' is essentially an anti oppression anthem,” says DiGeroge. “We had a great time recording this record with the extremely talented Debbie Shair... we were able to take our time with the songs and tried to capture our live feel and sound while also squeezing everything we could out of each song. With 'Last Hurrah', we feel that the recording really captures the urgency and sentiment behind it. We’re excited to share it.” Indeed, the urgency of the band's live sound is here, befitting the subject matter: it's punk rock as it should sound in 2020, with the sing-along harmonies on the chorus obliterating any distinction between hooks and rallying cries.
The B-side “Bird”, from EZ Tiger's previous EP Above The Mystery, appropriately soars, displaying the diversity of DiGeorge's writing and the band's empathic chemistry. The guitars are alternately delicate and searing, and the vocal is tender and impassioned by turns. It is, in a word, gorgeous, and it's here to encourage a deep dive into EZ Tiger's back catalog while Catapulting Stars hurtles toward us!
Expected release: August 14, 2020