Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 21, 2014
Artist: Minature Tigers
From: New York, N.Y.
Online: miniaturetigers.com; official SXSW page
SXSW shows: Wednesday, March 12 at Karma Lounge (105 E. 5th St.); other shows TBA
About the artist
Synth-ish indie dreamers Miniature Tigers named their 2012 album "Mia Pharaoh." They’re naming their next album, due out in May, "Cruel Runnings." Name one good reason not to support a band that does things like that.
The New Yorkers have three albums under their belt, and not one of them sounds like another. Their first, "Tell It To the Volcano," is guitar-heavy with a twee bent; their second, "Fortress," is a little rougher around the edges, with some garage rock scuzz thrown in the mix; and the aforementioned electro-drenched "Mia Pharaoh" is full of faux-80s workout video vibes and winking sleaziness.
For their next album, Miniature Tigers vocalist Charlie Brand has said he’s going for somewhat nostalgic factor, citing Weezer’s Blue Album as a touchstone. The first single, "Swimming Pool Blues," definitely shies away from the ironic jazzercise-cool of "Mia Pharaoh" in favor of big-hearted hooks and singalong refrains; the shadow of Phoenix’s "Bankrupt!" looms large. It will be interesting to see what version of the good-humored band shows up for SXSW.
Could share a bill with: Ra Ra Riot, Animal Kingdom, The Format, Phoenix