Spring Tigers
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Spring Tigers

Athens, Georgia, United States | INDIE

Athens, Georgia, United States | INDIE
Band Pop


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"...exactly what I’m gonna need to get through the long, bleak Cleveland winter.."

"Happy Anthem Pop. Perhaps my favorite genre. Certainly the one that got me through grad school. And one I’m not hesitant at all to include Spring Tigers in. A little louder than I’m From Barcelona but quirkier than The Polyphonic Spree, Spring Tigers are exactly what I’m gonna need to get through the long, bleak Cleveland winter that the weather recently has started to foreshadow. For whatever reason, this record sorta reminds me of that Butch Walker release a couple years back, though less artificial. I guess that’s what you get from Athens these days – folks who can write upbeat pop songs and still play a solid electric guitar, with a dash of gizmodgery thrown in for good measure.

While lead man Kris Barratt’s British inflection is more obvious (see “Car Song”) some times than others, he’s always on his game and the band that plays with him plays capably and loudly enough to keep you thinking of it as a group effort and not something akin to the Frontman and Back-up Band model. Despite lyrics like “Don’t get your knickers in a twist,” the band keeps thing live enough to deaden any notion that Spring Tigers might be a novelty. Instead, they are a real rock band with a penchant for the theatrical and goof-ball sound props. Besides, I love me a rock band with straight keyboard action.

Spring Tigers will be released on October 20 by Bright Antenna. Until then, readers making their homes in the old confederacy can catch the band live as they play a series of dates up and down the southeast coastal corridor (and a stint at CMJ in New York)." - citizendick.org

"5 Stars!"

A short disc...perhaps way too short...because it leaves the listener wanting more. The guys in Spring Tigers have a bright upbeat catchy pop sound with driving rhythms and infectious melodies. Only six songs here...but they immediately capture these guys' sound and spirit. This will definitely whet everyones' appetites for the band's next full-length. Catchy underground poppers include "Car Song," "Beep Beep," and "Stripmalls in the Sun." Effervescent and heady pop with a difference. (Rating: 5+)

- www.lmnop.com

"Dance-inducing post-pop…"

Lyrically, Athens’ Spring Tigers have claws. Throughout its debut “mini-LP,” the band explores matters more deeply than its almost manic sound would suggest, delving into themes like frustration, self-loathing and disillusionment with a humorous twist. “Stripmalls in the Sun,” for example, describes a shallow world that’s pretty, but not truly beautiful, perhaps drawing a parallel to the seriousness lurking just beneath these songs’ saccharine, dance-inducing post-pop surfaces.

But that’s where the edginess ends. For the anglophile in all of us, Spring Tigers offer myriad joys. From (actually British) vocalist Kris Barratt’s obvious accent to lines like “Don’t get your knickers in a twist” (“Hyboria”) to the very ring of Stephen James’ soaring synth parts and the heartbeat of Chase Prince’s disco drumming, it’s a Britpop invasion all over again. Though they’ve paid decent homage to a whole genre on this debut, Spring Tigers have the obvious talent to grow into a different, more dangerous beast. - flagpole.com


US: - 6 Track Self Titled Mini-Album due October 20th 2009 on CD/10"/Digital

UK - "Hyboria" 7" Winter 2009

Both on Bright Antenna Records

UK: 1st Single due winter 09 on 7" & Digital
2nd Single" due winter 09 on 7" & Digital



“You’re no longer welcome here!”

Just like that, Kris Barratt (lead vocals, guitar and the soapbox) was a man without a home, or so we assume (“I can’t tell you why, but I can’t go back, I’ll be kneecapped”).
We still don’t know why Kris was sent to Athens, GA from the Mother Country, but we’re not complaining. He wasn’t there long before he met a bunch of like-minded transients that share a common love of both kinds of music: Brit and Pop.

Stephen James (keyboards and spiritual atheist) and Shane Davis (guitars, hair and romance) moved to Athens in 2000 and have played in punk bands together since their freshman year in college.Chase Prince (drums and medicine) and Eli Barnard (bass and the party), were growing up together in the hardcore scene down in Jacksonville, FL (running with The Black kids amongst others). The rhythm section grew up together, and the melody section grew up together. How perfect is that!?

Spring Tigers‘ first U.S dates consisted of shows in the Athens, GA area during the Spring of ’08 (having formed that February, 4 days before their first gig) which immediately lead to slots at SXSW after only being a band for a month. Then came the east coast tour with The Wombats, and support slots with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The Duke Spirit, which continued the buzz locally in their hometown and abroad.

Those lucky enough to have caught these first shows came away pretty much unanimously enamoured, which led to the band’s record deal with the newly minted indie label “Bright Antenna” based in Oakland, CA. (Home of Magic Wands, Middle Class Rut, Jimmy Gnecco and Ours, The Wombats, and more).
Daniel Haggis of The Wombat’s fame states, “I caught Spring Tigers‘ blazin’ deep south style set after I heard their demos of “Beep Beep” and “Hyboria” and I knew we had to throw them on our tour.”

The band quickly recorded a 6 song mini-LP in and around Athens with producer Sep V (strange fact: partly recorded in Sam Fogarino from Interpol’s home studio), mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, My Chemical Romance, Bloc Party) and are now preparing to hit the road to bring their brand of bratty romantic pop (Think: The Buzzcocks, Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, The Ramones, Devo, and Modelo Especial) this fall and winter stateside.

The band’s debut self-titled mini-LP will be headed for US radio outlets later this October. These performances and debut mini-LP (set to drop in the US October 20th, 2009 on Bright Antenna) will need to be experienced. We exaggerate not when we confidently state that 2010 is very much set to be the year of “The Tiger” per The Chinese Zodiac (and they don’t lie!). Oh yes, it’s good to be in Spring Tigers.

www.springtigersmusic.com www.myspace.com/springtigers www.brightantenna.com
For press inquiries please contact: Bill Benson at Team Clermont bill@teamclermont.com
For label inquiries please contact: Braden Merrick at Bright Antenna braden@brightantenna.co