The borough of Conshohocken, PA is located just outside of Philly and is home to Studio 4, which should come as no surprise if you read our extensive feature on the city and already know that it’s a breeding ground for emergent left-of-center rock music. Will Yip is one of several storied producers from the Philly area who’ve gained national acclaim in recent years, and in certain circles, his name rings just as loud as Swearin’s Kyle Gilbride. Yip has produced for Title Fight and a slew of Run For Cover signees, among them fellow Pennsylvanians, Tigers Jaw. The duo put out their most recent full-length, Charmer, just over a year ago, and for devotees of their soul-baring lyrical honesty, it’s been a long wait for new material. Yip recorded the band’s Studio 4 acoustic performance, compiling the set into a 12-song live album. Fortunately, he didn’t edit out all of the banter, and a lot of the small insights surface in those brief moments between songs. At one point, Ben Walsh tells the surrounding audience that a good friend of the band’s passed away, before dedicating two Title Fight covers — “Safe In Your Skin” and “Where Am I” — to him. Tigers Jaw are a revelation with a full live band, but the personal quality of their lyrics suit an intimate audience just as well. Stream the entire live acoustic album in its entirety below.
Studio 4 Acoustic Session is out 6/30 via Memory Music. Preorder it here.