Charlie Brand of Miniature Tigers is a true indie rock chameleon. He’s moved through unrequited love scenarios and vocal sneers over three full lengths and a slew of EPs, always transforming into a different embodiment of a passionate vocalist and guitarist. After channeling the subversive sexual charge of Of Montreal’s Georgie Fruit and the sincerest of nineties alt. rock stars, he’s pushing Miniature Tigers in a more pop-oriented direction with “Swimming Pool Blues”, the first single from the band’s upcoming Cruel Runnings. The track is an overwhelmingly joyous mixture of Real Estate’s nostalgia and Chairlift’s plastic catchiness, where Brand sells his own aerated vocals through the echoing rumble of the refrain. “If we swim we can make it, oohh/I wanna make it with you”: this type of positivity in love and lust is a pleasant one eighty from the envy and resentment that Miniature Tigers have perfected on past singles.
Listen to “Swimming Pool Blues” above, in advance of Cruel Runnings’ May 27 release.
Special giveaway edition of Breezy Sundays today with Public Service Broadcasting. The band merges a style reminiscent of found sound artists such as The Books, using items such as old British government propaganda as centerpieces for their audio collages. Grab their full length Inform – Educate – Entertain out now and catch the band at Black Cat in DC on March 4. You can win two tickets to the show by commenting below or tweeting @newdust. Get breezy and see ya there.
Santa Barbara natives and recent devotees to a good eighties homage (see video for “Bullet Train” above”), are coming to DC9 on February 20. The band is touring in support of their recent album Dunes. We have a lot to make up for as the band was on our “10 Tracks We Missed in 2013” list. This show should be great and maybe we will even get a version of their killer cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy”.
We’ll make this giveaway easy. As props to the the band’s ironic (or not) endeavor into MTV throw back vids, comment below with your all time most “80s” music video to win two tickets to the 2/20 show. If you don’t win… that is OK… get your tickets HERE.
Totally weird and totally rad video from Athens, Georgia’s Yip Deciever. Off their latest album Medallius. Check it out and GET STRICT.
Boston’s Brett Boucher, the man behind the derevolutions, defines his music as “maximalist surf pop”. He’s pretty much spot on with that description, which not only accounts for the sunny jangle of electric guitar but also includes a barrage of other sounds that fit well within the confines of a classic genre. For him, that means stuttering vocal samples and half-rapped, half-shrieked swagger talk. “Automate Your Soul” is Boucher’s most polished single yet, building on the many influences of his project’s past tracks. Aside from cheerleader shouts and zigzagging melody, Boucher adds female vocals that have the same giddy schoolyard groove of Sleigh Bell’s Alexis Krauss. You don’t get the sense that the derevolutions are trying to change lives with a syncopated groove like this, though. Instead, “Automate Your Soul” is carefree pop to help you forget about Winter and prepare for sunnier, more hospitable weather.
DC’s own Dead Professional is out with a new quick and catchy single, “I’m Not The One”. And… on Tuesday February 11, he will be playing at DC Nine in honor of their 10 year Anniversary Week Show w/ Justin Jones and The Coward’s Choir. See ya there DC.