Just before heading over to Spaceland for their weekly Monday night free concert, Beth and I made a stop to grab some Thai food at a local shanty. We couldn't help but listen to the table behind us populated by a group (who we first assumed to just be a couple local hipsters) planning to "rock out" that evening. Asking them what band they were from, they took a break from the pad thai to inform us that they were the Miniature Tigers. With no idea of what to expect, we went to the show anyways, and I'm pleased to report that the Miniature Tigers not only delivered a show well worth paying for, but are a downright fun and musically gifted collection of individuals that I'll be listening to again and again.
Often using a simple chorus rephrase and catchy melodies, Miniature Tigers delivers a sound I want to place between Vampire Weekend and Phantom Planet, maybe with a little Beach Boys mixed in (just enough I'd say). That combo doesn't do them justice, as their upbeat tempo and enchanting lyrics deliver a charming sound with a sense of humor that ranges from singing about a Japanese girl in their closet to their sometimes coarsely rendered cover art. Maybe I've just been a little desperate lately to hear a band who's catchy and not utterly depressing. In any case, Miniature Tigers deliver a sound that's refreshing to hear.
Cannibal Queen - Miniature Tigers (via: kentucky)
Mamma Mia (ABBA cover) - Miniature Tigers (via: papercup)