Phoenix’s Miniature Tigers are gearing up to warm stages for Ben Folds during three weeks in February

The band will be announcing solo dates too!

Kicking off with Ben Folds in the band will join Ben Folds for nearly three weeks beginning February 11 in Princeton, NJ, and concluding March 1 in Charlotte, NC.  On March 2nd, Miniature Tigers will hook up for a March tour with Dear and the Headlights winding their way into SXSW.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Miniature Tigers release their debut album “Tell it to the Volcano” on Modern Art Records this Spring. The new album comes on the heels of their two EP’s and stellar nods from press at CMJ ’08.

The band is thrilled to announce the addition of Phantom Planet’s Darren Robinson to their touring band. Robinson’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 short run with Lenka and a tour with Dear & The Headlights leading into SXSW.

Spin:

The Nine Hottest New Bands Playing CMJ 2008

Recommended if you like….Fountains of Wayne (pre-”Stacy’s Mom”, the Shins and Weezer

Why it Rocks: Clever, intelligent pop songs come in bunches from this budding outfit, particularly the unshakable “Cannibal Queen””

 

KCRW:

Top 10 best bands of CMJ

 

Death and Taxes:

“Miniature Tigers couldn’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.”

 

Austin Town Hall:

“With a sound that’s poppy and pretty easy on the ears, these guys might just be the new Vampire Weekend you peoples are all looking for…”

Miniature Tigers’ 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 Phoenix’s Modern Art  Records in short order. Brand’s lyrics – a mix of deeply personal insights and playful references to the disparate cultural artifacts that  have informed his existence – 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 Tigers’ debut album “Tell it to the Volcano” runs the lyrical gamut, taking inspiration from and referencing TV’s Lost (which rates a Dharma Initiative sticker on Brand’s acoustic) as easily as it probes the joy and heartbreak of Charlie’s own life, while managing not to take itself too seriously. Brand wrote the album while on the lam – not from the law, but rather from a relationship he described as “brutal.” 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 – with cannibals and volcanoes stepping in for the real-world problems that had both beset and inspired him. In the end the album represents Charlie’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 “auto-pilot” 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 before…or at least never an authorized music video. The band tapped “Yacht Rock” 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 band’s aesthetic

and turned in a video equal parts “Weird Science” and “Frankenstein,” to the band’s delight.

“Tell it to the Volcano” is currently available on iTunes, as well as a limited-edition letterpressed CD package and on vinyl at shows and via the band’s web site. They’ll be touring through the winter of 2009, when  the album will find its way to stores through an official retail release.

Tour Dates With Ben Folds

2/11/09 Wed Princeton NJ McCarter Theatre
2/12/09 Thu Baltimore MD Rams Head Live
2/14/09 Sat Philadelphia PA Electric Factory
2/16/09 Mon Pittsburgh PA Club Zoo
2/17/09 Tue Toronto ON Kool Haus
2/18/09 Wed Ann Arbor MI Michigan Theatre
2/19/09 Thu Cincinnati OH Xavier University
2/21/09 Sat Columbus OH LC Pavillion
2/22/09 Sun Knoxville TN Valarium
2/23/09 Mon Asheville NC Orange Peel
2/25/09 Wed Durham NC Durham PAC
2/26/09 Thu Charleston SC N Charleston PAC
2/27/09 Fri Atlanta GA Tabernacle
3/1/09 Sun Charlotte NC Ovens Aud

With Dear & The Headlights
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

SXSW
3/19/09    Thu    Austin    TX    Jackalope

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