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TIOGA has only been around for a few months, but they’re quickly becoming a noteworthy name in their native Philadelphia. Since their first Rock On Philly feature back in September, TIOGA has spent the past few months touring extensively around the Northeast in support of their first EP, Sycamores. The five songs on Sycamores manage to show more range and depth than most young acts manage to show on their first few full lengths, let alone on their very first EP.
Starting with the radio-ready pop rock of lead single “Tigers”, Sycamores deftly navigates the various subgenres modern alternative rock has to offer. “Dream Eater” verges towards psych-rock, while the brooding post-punk of “On Strings” is reminiscent of Joy Division and early work by The Cure. The punchy “Autophobia” calls back to the early 2000’s new wave revival acts, while Sycamores’ title track closes out the EP with a folksy acoustic track in a similar vein as mainstream hits like X Ambassadors’ “Renegades” and Vance Joy’s “Riptide”. Throughout Sycamores, TIOGA’s three members (vocalist/guitarist Greg Adams, guitarist Derrick Dieso, and bassist/keyboardist Austin Paragas) let their talents shine equally, and are able to translate the energy from Sycamores into their live performances.
TIOGA will be playing their first show of 2017 at Milkboy this Thursday, January 12th, with Jersey rockers WYLAND and New York natives Friends At The Falls. Welcome the band back to Philly by giving them a listen and heading to the gig!