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Miniature Tigers

Hometown: New Yorkizona, TX
Tags: rock, pop, indie, alternative, indie rock

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.

The resulting record, Cruel Runnings, is something halfway between nostalgia and the ecstatic now, an album that yearns for the recent past while staring open-hearted at what the present dares to bring. Songs about swimming pools remembered on sticky summer nights, lovers meeting at discotheques, streets where you used to live. Let’s just try to be as much of us as possible, Brand decided during the recording process. In that, Miniature Tigers have written a record that’s eminently relatable, passionate but not without a healthy sense of perspective. Recorded in Jamaica with producer Chris Zane (The Walkmen, Passion Pit) the album sounds as freeing as the process felt. “There was just a different energy there, a different energy in such a relaxing environment,” he says. “Everything came very naturally.” That’s fitting of a record where Brand wanted to capture the way a relationship—and through that, life—really felt. “Not necessarily something that was good and got bad,” he says, “but the ups and downs of it.”

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  • Louder Than That

    Louder Than That on Miniature Tigers

    almost 2 years ago

    -From Phoenix -Rolling Stones said that they were one of the 26th best bands off Myspace in 2006 -Conclusion: Their first CD Tell it to the Volcanoes is a great fun Summer CD. If you haven't listened to it then it is definitely worth your time! I can't wait to see them at Lollapalooza and I realllllly hope they come to Toronto.
    Sorry, but i thought this was really random of them and i have to post it... lolol Read more at LouderThanThat

  • Rolling Stone Reviews

    Rolling Stone Reviews on Miniature Tigers

    about 2 years ago

    3.5 Stars
    On their first two albums, this Brooklyn-via-Phoenix indie-pop crew chiefly trafficked in playful psychedelia. Album three opens with a pair of curveballs, the horndog electro-disco fantasies "Sex on the Regular" and "Female Doctor." The lyrics are pure R. more at

  • TheOwlMag

    TheOwlMag on Miniature Tigers

    over 2 years ago

    Miniature Tigers Mia Pharaoh [Modern Art]

    The first time I saw this band live a few months ago, a tall man sporting a David Niven mustache strolled over to his keyboard wearing a holiday cat sweater. I thought then that this was going to be the coolest opening band ever or I was headed back to the bar for another Fat Tire; that kind of sweater never belongs to mediocrity. Lured in by the catchy hooks and snarky lyrics sung in Charlie Brand’s sweet adolescent voice, I never got that second Fat Tire. There were several songs off their third album Mia Pharaoh in the set and I resolved to look up everything I could find the next day via the power of Google.

    I found that Charlie Brand, Rick Schier, and Algernon Quashie were the guys making this whimsical bubblegum music happiness. I was saddened to learn that somehow I missed them a couple of years ago at the (now defunct and ahead of its time) Monolith Festival, but saw that a new album was to be released soon! It would be mine, I vowed, and soon it was. In the biography information that came with the music, I learned that the song “Afternoons With David Hockney” was inspired by that David Hockney, the pop art pioneer known for his post-Cubist photo collages and striking paintings of the mundane. This explains why saxophones can be heard sneaking in the background of an otherwise guitar-centric island pop gem, advising us to “not let the money make you lazy/as lazy is just not you.”

    The whole album (10 new tunes) is comprised of odd bits and pieces, harmonized into one smooth amalgamation. “Boomerang” sounds like a lost B-side to Pet Sounds, until you get a good listen to the snappy lyrics, a stalker song for the Nick and Norah generation. This album is certainly more cohesive in its mighty pop art than the previous two; the reason being, as Brand explains: “Halfway through making Mia Pharaoh, I fell in love with pop all over again and was strictly listening to Top 40 music. Instead of studying Simon & Garfunkel drum tones, I was figuring out what samples The Dream and Kanye used, or trying to write a song that Katy Perry or Rihanna could sing; a real outsider pop record.”

    Well, I for one can totally see Katy Perry singing “Sex on the Regular,” an ’80s vibe fest in her latest latex costume crooning, “come over if you want it and jump me again.” And we can all hear Kanye pumping out “she don’t believe in god, only believes in me” from “Female Doctor.” On “Easy As All That,” it is refreshing to hear a guy start a love song with “sometimes you act like a fool, yeah you do” and then have the angsty thoughts we have all had: “should I tell her that I love her, though I’m not supposed to/should I tell her everything and lay it all out?” Refreshing, open, and, yes damn it, way cute, Mia Pharaoh proves for Miniature Tigers that third time is most definitively the charm.

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  • MyOldKentuckyBlog

    MyOldKentuckyBlog on Miniature Tigers

    over 6 years ago

    Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, the now Los Angeles-based Miniature Tigers play pop music with that earnest emotion (my heart is srsly broken and it's all your fault!) that Margot brings and blends it with the more upbeat poppy good time sound and solid melodies that Spinto Band always comes with. So as you can guess, the dance-around sound is generally just a mask over some darker lyrical fare. more at

  • Mog

    Mog on Miniature Tigers

    over 6 years ago

    "Volcano" is a light-hearted, fun album full of pop hooks and clever lyrics that is especially refreshing in the midst of so many self-serious indie bands out there today. more at

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