Miniature Tigers head out on a 6 week, Coast to Coast tour with Kevin Devine

ALTERNATIVE PRESS: FOUR AND 1/2 STARS
“Staking their claim on the quirkier side of indie pop…..the sounds suggests a loopier Ben Kweller sitting in with the Flaming Lips”

Death and Taxes
“The wonderful Miniature Tigers can’t stay off the road.”

They just wrapped up their winter tours with Ben Folds, Bishop Allen and Dear & The Headlights.

Their 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:
4:29 – North Star Bar- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4.30 – Ottobar- Baltimore, Maryland
5.1- Alley Katz- Richmond, Virginia
5.2 – Local 506- Chapel Hill, North Carolina
5.3 – New Brookland Tavern- Columbia, South Carolina
5.4 – The Social- Orlando, Florida
5.5 – Orpheum- Tampa, Florida
5.6 – City Limits- Delray Beach, Florida
5.8 – Vinyl – Atlanta, Georgia
5.9 – Spanish Moon-  Baton Rouge, Louisiana
5.10- Warehouse Live- Houston, Texas
5.12- Stubbs-  Austin, Texas
5.13- The Loft-  Dallas, Texas
5.15- Phix-  Phoenix, Arizona
5.16 – Voodoo Stage @ House of Blues-  San Diego, California
5.17 – Troubadour –  West Hollywood, California
5.18 – Bottom Of the Hill-  San Francisco, California
5.20 – Hawthorne Theatre-  Portland, Oregon
5.21 – Chop Suey-  Seattle, Washington
5.23-  Kilby Court-  Salt Lake City, Utah
5.24- Marquis Theatre –  Denver, Colorado
5.26- Jackpot Saloon-  Lawrence, Kansas
5.27 – Picador-  Iowa City, Iowa
5.28 -Triple Rock-  Minneapolis, Minnesota
5.29-  Schuba’s-  Chicago, Illinois
5.30 – Mac’s Bar-  Lansing, Michigan
5.31- Grog Shop –  Cleveland, Ohio
6.2 – Mohawk Place-  Buffalo, New York
6.3 – El Mocambo-  Toronto, Ontario
6.4 – Altar-  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6.5 – Webster Underground-  Hartford, Connecticut
6.6 – TT The Bear’s-  Cambridge, Massachusetts
6.7 – Music Hall of Williamsburg-  Brooklyn, New York

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

Illinois Entertainer:
“Miniature Tigers the band, whose Tell It To The Volcano (Modern Art) packs plenty of power in its tightly wound power pop packets.”

Relix:
“The unabridged Tell it to the Volcano is quintessential listening for aimless drives on coastal highways.”

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.”

Popmatters:
“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”

Sentimentalist:
“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 surely 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.”

Phillyist:
“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…Miniature 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”
http://www.channel101.com/shows/show.php?show_id=152

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.

For More Information Contact:
Samantha Tillman, Tell All Your Friends PR
(212) 226-3792
samantha@tellallyourfriendspr.com

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