Miniature Tigers

Miniature Tigers

BandAlternativePop

If you combined Elvis Costello's pop sensibility with the White Stripes' early, stripped-down sound and Weezer's geek chic, you'd have something like indie outfit Miniature Tigers. The group's songs tend to hang on the high end, but with all the colorful jangle and grit of garage rock.-Niki D'Andre

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Cannibal Queen

Written By: Miniature Tigers

This is not a test or an SOS
I'm no longer on a quest to get girls undressed
I search through their hearts and no treasure found
I'm so lucky this one lets dogs hang around
It's good having somebody good for a change
I thought that no good dirty cheats had drove me insane
I had finally given up on love and romance
If I laid down the sword, I'm giving my innocence

Comin' for your heart like a cannibal
Oh, she lets me right in and I fed 'til I'm full
If something goes wrong, I'm accountable
Oh, a life without her is no life at all
I la la la la la la la la love you, cannibal queen

If she ever left me, I would break down and die
Like Mickey and Piu could bury me alive
Another pretty girl I would love to admire
From a distance, but she's here, so I'll jump in the fire

Comin' for your heart like a cannibal
Oh, she lets me right in and I fed 'til I'm full
If something goes wrong, I'm accountable
Oh, a life without her is no life at all
I la la la la la la la la love you, cannibal queen

Comin' for your heart like a cannibal
Oh, she lets me right in and I fed 'til I'm full
If something goes wrong, I'm accountable
Oh, a life without her is no life at all
I la la la la la la la la love you, cannibal queen

Dino Damage

Written By: Miniature Tigers

You gotta let go when they get that old
You gotta let 'em go
'Cause if you hold on, they'll puncture your lungs
And separate your spine from your skull
You gotta let 'em go

You gotta let go when they get that old
You gotta let 'em go
'Cause if you hold on, they'll bite your fingers off
And tear you limb from limb
It's second nature to them

You gotta let go when they get that old
You gotta let 'em go
'Cause if you hold on, they'll tear your stomach open
And rip your guts out with their teeth
You gotta just release

The Wolf

Written By: Miniature Tigers

Add nice
Sugar and spice
I'll take you on a cruise to somewhere nice
You haven't been before
Love was meant for more
You moved up close, I could feel your sweat
I kissed you on your neck and you got wet
It's a shallow treat for a guy like me

Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Like they want to go home with you
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Like they want to go home with you

I've got nothin' keeping me here
I've wasted all the love that I hold dear
I'll throw a dart: L.A.
The wolf has run away
The guy you know thinks he's so slick
He'll kiss you on the lips but he'll get sick
Lothario..
He's a creep you know

Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Like they want to go home with you
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Like they want to go home with you

I'm on your trail, I can smell your blood
I've had enough with unrequited love
It's the coast I crave
Leads me to my grave
Still in my head was the sick of my spine
Give it up and I will make you mine
I will buy you things
Like diamond rings

Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Like they want to go home with you
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Everybody's looking at you like they want to
Like they want to go home with you

Discography

White Magic E.P.
Black Magic E.P.
Tell It To The Volcano