Monday, March 03, 2014

Ending this Winter with MINIATURE TIGERS

Like most of you residing in the polar ice shelf that is North America, I am tired (woefully tired) of this winter. I've been looking for great new music to share and this music is just about a perfect, sunshiny way to get your Monday started off right. This is Miniature Tigers. These guys are just what the doctor called for. The new record, titled  Cruel Runnings, is a funny little play on words, recalling John Candy's 1993 film Cool Runnings (a comedy about the first Jamaican Bobsled team). That's fair game as these new songs were recorded in Jamaica with producer Chris Zane (The Walkmen, Passion Pit). Suddenly, the sunshine feel of the record starts to make more sense.

From their Bio: The sound is important but nothing is more important than the feeling of the sound. When Charlie Brand (vocals, guitar) was writing the newest Miniature Tigers record, he looked to the sum of his musical influences for inspiration. “I wanted to make something like Weezer’s Blue Album—not exactly the album, but the feeling of listening to that album at age whatever. Something with that feeling that could connect with people.” That’s how the band had started, after all: When he and founding member Rick Schaier (keys) connected over Myspace in the mid-’00s through their love of the same bands. After a few albums, they brought on Algernon Quashie (guitar) and Brandon Lee (bass) to complete the band.

03.04 - Washington, DC - DC9*
03.05 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter*
03.06 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover*
03.07 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn*
03.08 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon*
03.09 - San Antonio, TX - Limelight*
03.10 - McAllen, TX - Galax Z Fair @ Cine El Rey*
03.17 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt*
03.18 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio*
03.19 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
03.20 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig*
03.21 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*
03.22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe*
03.23 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
03.24 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
03.25 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
03.27 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room
03.28 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
03.29 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy Theatre
03.30 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
04.01 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Shred Shed
04.02 - Denver, CO - The Walnut Room
*co-headlining w/ Bear Hands

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