Review: Warm Red – “Big Tiger” b/w “S.A.M.”

Warm Red has that special something about it. The Atlanta quartet, which is making its recording debut today on Chunklet with the “Big Tiger”/”S.A.M.” single, is a descendant of the mighty noise-rock mantle, that’s for sure. It’s got the skittery guitar and throbbing bass/drums down. But there’s something about the band’s delivery that’s deserving of greater attention, greater analysis. Writing them off as so much guitar-driven post-punk or post-hardcore is diminutive; it’s almost like saying Brainiac was just a good new-wave band, y’know what I mean? The Brainiac reference is apt, as the frontman for Warm Red has a sometimes-subtle, sometimes-menacing kind of adenoidal sing-song that occasionally calls to mind a toned-down Timmy Taylor. “Big Tiger” has a great descent into madness over its chorus, as the singer laments “I must be killing myself/ because nobody could be that trusting.” “S.A.M.,” with its driving opening, is just as infectious. Recommended. – Justin Vellucci, Swordfish, Aug. 30, 2019

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About the author

Justin Vellucci is a staff writer for PopMatters, Spectrum Culture, and MusicTAP, a contributor to Pittsburgh Current, and a former staffer for Popdose, Punk Planet and Delusions of Adequacy. His music writing has appeared in national magazines such as American Songwriter, alt-pubs like The Brooklyn Rail, Pittsburgh CityPaper and San Diego CityBeat, blogs Swordfish, Punksburgh and Linoleum, and the Gannett magazine Jetty. He lives in Pittsburgh.

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