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Miniature Tigers 10/12/10 + Video

Miniature Tigers 10/12/10 Esther Hyejin Chung /
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  • Date Recorded: October 12, 2010
  • Artist / Band: Miniature Tigers
  • Hosting Show: International Pop Overthrow
  • Sound: Jon Valley
  • Video: Paul Oyrem

Miniature Tigers is that rare band that lives up to its online presence and hype. Songwriter Chris Bland met drummer Rick Scheir through America Online, and after building tremendous activity on the net, Rolling Stone named Miniature Tigers one of "the 25 best bands on Myspace."

The Brooklyn group has released 2 full-length albums and a pair of EPs. Style wise you could simply say the band plays pop. Some songs on the Tigers' first full length, Tell It To The Volcano, mix laidback tunes with bouncier tracks, often with energetic choruses that drop seamlessly into the next verse. The songs have a great beat -- not the kind you'll dance to, but you may find your head bobbing unconsciously. The music  echoes the lyrics on songs like "Tchaikovsky & Solitude," in which a weepy riff on the guitar follows a lyric about crying.

Miniature Tigers' latest record, 2010's Fortress, expands their instrumental pallet and songwriting. Songs are a bit longer; they bring in more keyboards, add multipart vocal harmonies and experiment. It's still indie pop -- with a happy step forward. The first single "Goldskull" is a tight 3 minutes long but packs lots of synthesized flourishes into it. It's not common for a band to develop so much in between records without losing sight of themselves, but Miniature Tigers have managed to do just that. It will be exciting to see and hear where they go next.

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