Tightwire's latest offering, "Head Full Of Snakes," roars out of Minneapolis, a city known for birthing its fair share of rock 'n' roll marauders. Stepping into the spotlight with a captivating blend of catchiness, crustiness, and a touch of the spooky, Tightwire is rapidly etching its name in the annals of punk rock history. The evidence is in the music - "Head Full Of Snakes" hits you like a one-two punch, leaving you gasping for breath, craving more.
This album shows Tightwire's growth since their debut in 2018; it's a bold statement of intent. From the get-go, "Bad Decisions" grabs you by the collar, delivering a powerful and unapologetic message about addiction. The raw emotion in Tane Graves' vocals cuts deep, while Noelle Stolp's guitar work adds a searing intensity that's hard to ignore. The accompanying video featuring F1rst Wrestling brings the song's message to life, adding another layer of grit to an already potent track.
But the surprises don't end there. "One Foot In The Grave" takes you on a journey through time, its inception dating back three years prior to the rest of the album. It's a testament to the band's creative prowess - their ability to weave together elements from different eras and seamlessly craft a cohesive sonic landscape.
Tightwire's evolution from Paul Kettler's solo acoustic venture to a full-fledged, riff-spitting machine is nothing short of impressive. Their relentless touring and festival appearances have carved out a place for them in the hearts of fans across the nation. And with the lineup changes that brought in Noelle Stolp and Paul Mullaney, Tightwire 2.0 is an unstoppable force, ready to tear through the barriers of convention.
In "Head Full Of Snakes," Tightwire has delivered an album that's as infectious as it is dark. It's a heady concoction of punk rock goodness, with traces of Dillinger Four's bite, Ramones' spirit, and Blink-182's melodic sensibilities. There's no denying the impact this album will have on anyone who crosses its path - it leaves its mark on the senses, demanding repeated listens.
So, if you're in the mood for some top-notch punk rock that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go, "Head Full Of Snakes" is your go-to soundtrack. Tightwire's got the venom and the bite, and they're here to stay.
Catch TIGHTWIRE on tour:
9/8 - Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern*
9/9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Preserving Underground*
9/10 - Buffalo, NY @ Iron Works*
9/11 - Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar*
9/12 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair*
9/13 - Philly, PA @ Warehouse On Watts*
9/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Meadows*
9/15 - Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents*
9/16 - Harrisburg, PA @ HMAC*
9/17 - Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups*
10/28 - Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
*with Teenage Bottlerocket