The band is thrilled to announce the addition of Phantom Planetâ€™s Darren Robinson to their touring band. Robinsonâ€™s mainstay gig has gone on an indefinite hiatus, allowing him time to work with some new collaborators. The band is currently working out their live show for their upcoming dates, including a hometown headliner at Modified Arts, a tour with Dear & The Headlights leading into SXSW.
Tour dates below!
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â€œMiniature Tigers couldnâ€™t have have arrived at a better time. Tell It To The Volcano boasts a collection of well-crafted pop songs, free of pretention and often sun from the perspective of a quirky, lovelorn troubadour.â€
Austin Town Hall:
â€œWith a sound thatâ€™s poppy and pretty easy on the ears, these guys might just be the new Vampire Weekend you peoples are all looking for…â€
Directed by JD Ryznar of â€œYacht Rockâ€
Miniature Tigersâ€™ sound was forged in the bedroom of frontman Charlie Brand, only to quickly outgrow the space, with the band soon finding itself on stage, in the studio and signed to Phoenixâ€™s Modern Art Records in short order. Brandâ€™s lyrics â€“ a mix of deeply personal insights and playful references to the disparate cultural artifacts that have informed his existence â€“ and effortlessly constructed indie-pop arrangements have made fans in his native Phoenix and beyond. They stretch to Los Angeles, where he reconnected with drummer, collaborator and fellow charter member of the band Rick Schaier while living in Hollywood, and far beyond thanks to the Internet, which it seems people are into these days.
Miniature Tigersâ€™ debut album â€œTell it to the Volcanoâ€ runs the lyrical gamut, taking inspiration from and referencing TVâ€™s Lost (which rates a Dharma Initiative sticker on Brandâ€™s acoustic) as easily as it probes the joy and heartbreak of Charlieâ€™s own life, while managing not to take itself too seriously. Brand wrote the album while on the lam â€“ not from the law, but rather from a relationship he described as â€œbrutal.â€ He left Phoenix to clear his head, landing in Los Angeles and collaborating with his friend Rick to complete the long-gestating album. It was his catharsis â€“ with cannibals and volcanoes stepping in for the real-world problems that had both beset and inspired him. In the end the album represents Charlieâ€™s effort to codify, examine, and ultimately move past a 2-year stretch of his life.
Charlie and Rick are joined in their live incarnation by friends and collaborators Lou Kummerer on bass and Lawrence Hearn on lead guitar and keyboards, for performances that seem to give equal time to playing songs and intra-band joking. They aim for a controlled chaos aesthetic that eschews â€œauto-pilotâ€ at all costs.
In an effort to further confound the expectations of those around the band, they chose to have their video directed by someone who had never helmed one beforeâ€¦or at least never an authorized music video. The band tapped â€œYacht Rockâ€ creator JD Ryznar to direct their video for Cannibal Queen in the hopes he would recreate the magic of his wildly popular Internet video series. Ryznar quickly assimilated the bandâ€™s aesthetic
and turned in a video equal parts â€œWeird Scienceâ€ and â€œFrankenstein,â€ to the bandâ€™s delight.
â€œTell it to the Volcanoâ€ is currently available on iTunes, as well as a limited-edition letterpressed CD package and on vinyl at shows and via the bandâ€™s web site. Theyâ€™ll be touring through the winter of 2009, when the album will find its way to stores through an official retail release.
With Dear & The Headlights
2/24/09 Tue Los Angeles CA Knitting Factory
2/25/09 Wed Anaheim CA Chain Reaction
2/26/09 Thu Modesto CA Modesto Virtual
2/27/09 Fri San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
2/28/09 Sat Orangevale CA Boardwalk
3/1/09 Sun Portland OR Satyricon
3/2/09 Mon Seattle WA El Corazon
3/4/09 Wed Boise ID The Venue
3/5/09 Thu Salt Lake City UT Avalon Theatre
3/7/09 Sat Denver CO Marquis Theatre
3/8/09 Sun Omaha NE Sokol Underground
3/10/09 Tue Minneapolis MN Triple Rock
3/11/09 Wed Iowa City IA Picador
3/12/09 Thu Chicago IL Reggie’s Rock Club
3/13/09 Fri Columbia MO Mojo’s
3/14/09 Sat Tulsa OK The Marquee
3/15/09 Sun Dallas TX The Door
3/17/09 Tue San Antonio TX Rock Bottom Bar
3/19/09 Thu Austin TX Jackalope