This week Miniature Tigers kick-off their sping tour with Dear & the Headlights

After culminating the run with two SXSW appearances, they will head right back out with Bishop Allen!

“Staking their claim on the quirkier side of indie pop…..the sounds suggests a loopier Ben Kweller sitting in with the Flaming Lips”

Phoenix, AZ’s Miniature Tigers just wrapped up thier
 winter tour with Ben Folds and…

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

Tour dates after the jump!

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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.”

“Tell it to the Volcano is filled with the tunes that lodge instantly in your brain and have you singing along before the songs are even finished…This is fun stuff”

Miniature Tigers play stripped-down, simple pop that sounds like summertime nostalgia, warm, comfortable, and fun.”
My Old Kentucky Blog:
Miniature Tigers
play pop music with that earnest emotion (my heart is srsly broken and it’s all your fault!) that Margot [& The Nuclear So & Sos] brings and blends it with the more upbeat poppy good time sound and solid melodies that Spinto Band always comes with.”
“Tell It To The Volcano is full of great hooks and sharp lyrics and has given rise to a pretty fun video for it’s first single…Minature Tigers execute fun and familiar, and do it well which is just fine by us ”

 Jersey Beat:
“There’s much to like here, and nothing to dislike. It’s fun, unique, quirky pop music that’s different enough to set it apart from the crowd”

Check out the video for Cannibal Queen

Directed by JD Ryznar of “Yacht Rock”

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 beforeor 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 Dear & The Headlights

 3/5 – Salt Lake City / Avalon Theatre      
 3/6 – Co Springs / Black Sheep
 3/7 – Denver / Marquis Theatre
 3/8 – Omaha / Sokol Underground  
 3/10 – Minneapolis / Triple Rock
 3/11 – Iowa City  / Picador
 3/12 – Chicago / Reggie’s Rock Club
 3/13 – Columbia, MO / Mojo’s
 3/14 – Tulsa  / The Marquee
 3/15 – Dallas / The Door 
 3/18 – Austin / SxSW @ Spiro’s
 3/19 – Austin / Jackalope Party (Phoenix New Times)
  With Bishop Allen
 3/22 – Tucson / Plush
 3/23 – LA  / Troubadour
 3/24 – San Francisco / Rickshaw Stop
 3/26 – SLC / Kilby Court
 3/28 – Denver / Hi Dive
 3/29 – Lawrence / Jackpot Saloon
 3/30 – Minneapolis / Triple Rock
 3/31 – Chicago / Subterranean

For More Information Contact:
Samantha Tillman, Tell All Your Friends PR
(212) 226-3792

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