Miniature Tigers’ Album, Mia Pharaoh, Out Today

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Miniature Tigers’ abstract-pop record, Mia Pharaoh, is out today via Modern Art Records and ILG. The album is streaming on Spin.com, and drops in the midst of a nationwide headlining tour with Modern Art label-mates Geographer and The Chain Gang of 1974 that has virtually sold out! As previously announced, the four-piece will serve as the main support for the Spring 2012 tour with fun. See below for full tour date information.

Mia Pharaoh highlights a musical departure from the band’s last two successful records, Tell It to the Volcano and F O R T R E S S. Lead singer Charlie Brand was heavily inspired by “teenage dream” pop music and said, “Halfway through making Mia Pharaoh, I fell in love with pop all over again and was strictly listening to Top 40 music. Instead of studying Simon & Garfunkel drum tones, I was figuring out what samples The Dream and Kanye used, or trying to write a song that Katy Perry or Rihanna could sing-a real outsider pop record.”

More praise for Miniature Tigers:
“They could probably be a very successful, standard-issue indie-rock band aping Death Cab or
Grizzly Bear or Vampire Weekend, but they’re too restless and busting with ideas.”
– Spin

“Wedged between a dreamy throwback sound and rapid-fire backing harmonies, Brand [lead singer Charlie Brand] carries a degree of self-seriousness, lending nuanced shades of gray
to an otherwise chipper mood.”
– NPR

“Miniature Tigers have a really ethereal way of translating music – actually, they have a very different approach to our “You Got Me” song [during our session with Red Bull’s Soundclash] that I never thought of in the fifteen years I’ve been playing it, so I told those guys, ‘the second we are done with the Soundclash I’m gonna steal all of your arrangements for like all of our songs.’ Never once did I ever think to reinterpret it the way that they reinterpreted it.”
– ?uestlove of The Roots

THE MODERN ART TOUR 2012 Dates:
with Geographer, The Chain Gang Of 1974, Pretty & Nice, and Speak
3/06/12 The Casbah – San Diego, CA
3/07/12 Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
3/08/12 The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
3/16/12 The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
3/17/12 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX
3/19/12 The Social – Orlando, FL
3/20/12 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/21/12 Nightlight – Chapel Hill, NC
3/22/12 DC9 – Washington D.C.
3/23/12 Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA
3/24/12 Brighton Music Hall – Brighton, MA
3/25/12 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
3/27/12 Club AE – Pittsburgh, PA
3/28/12 Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH
3/29/12 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/30/12 Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
3/31/12 Off Broadway – St. Louis, CO
4/02/12 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4/03/12 Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
4/05/12 Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV

Spring 2012 Tour with Fun.
4/13/12 The Brick – Minneapolis, MN
4/14/12 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
4/15/12 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
4/19/12 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
4/20/12 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/25/12 The Guvernment – Toronto, ON
4/27/12 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY
4/28/12 Theatre of the Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
4/30/12 Cabaret Du Mile End – Montreal, QC
5/03/12 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
5/04/12 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
5/05/12 Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA