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Phoenix, Arizona, United States (2006 – present)

Miniature Tigers are an band which formed in Phoenix, Arizona, United States in 2006. The band originally consisted of Charlie Brand (vocals, guitar), Algernon Quashie (guitar, keyboards), Alex Gerber (bass, vocals) and Rick Schaier (drums). The band is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Brandon Lee has taken over for Alex.

Miniature Tigers’ sound was forged in the bedroom of frontman Charlie Brand, only to quickly outgrow the space, with the band soon finding itself on stage, in the studio and signed to Phoenix’s Modern Art Records in short order. Brand’s lyrics – a mix of deeply personal insights and playful references to the disparate cultural artifacts that have informed his existence – and effortlessly constructed indie-pop arrangements have made fans in his native Phoenix and beyond. The fans stretch to Los Angeles, where Brand reconnected with drummer, collaborator and fellow charter member of the band Rick Schaier while living in Hollywood, and far beyond thanks to the Internet, which it seems people are into these days.

Miniature Tigers’ debut album “Tell it to the Volcano” runs the lyrical gamut, taking inspiration from and referencing TV’s Lost (which rates a Dharma Initiative sticker on Brand’s acoustic) as easily as it probes the joy and heartbreak of Charlie’s own life, while managing not to take itself too seriously. Brand wrote the album while on the lam – not from the law, but rather from a relationship he described as “brutal.


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  • strange-era

    Oblivious is lovely. so lovely.

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  • xJake_Guitarx

    "Swimming Pool Blues" is so damn addictive. Looks like I'm gonna be addicted to Miniature Tigers again, can't wait for the new album!

    2 Mar 4:44pm Reply
  • summerschooled

    new album new album NEW ALBUM

    19 Feb 3:03am Reply
  • nomadicherder

    Can't wait for the new album, it'll be my summer jam for sure.

    18 Feb 8:23am Reply
  • Eve_Werewolf_23

    listening to Miniature Tigers just makes me happy. [6]

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
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  • summerschooled

    Mia pharaoh is just great jesus

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • summerschooled

    just discovered this band and ive been hooked on mia pharaoh and now i'm going to give tell it to the volanco a spin, good stuff

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Injektilo623

    The most chromatic band ever.

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • polynomious

    honestly, i think that mia pharaoh is the best thing they've done so far

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • delitax

    ha, I don't even remember saying that. Anyways... I still think these guys are the most underrated band out there.

    4 Jul 2013 Reply
  • deugd

    listening to Miniature Tigers just makes me happy. [5]

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • PeanuttyFashion

    if they release another album, I really hope they don't make it sound like Mia Pharaoh >:(

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
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  • Bananenbroti

    listening to Miniature Tigers just makes me happy. [3]

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • deugd

    I'm so in love <3

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
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    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • armatageskanks

    This band is wonderful

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • noworldforeric

    I honestly think Tell It To The Volcano is one of the best albums to ever exist

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • WildRoo

    My top 10 Miniature Tigers songs: 1. Lolita 2. Gold Skull 3. Tell it to the Volcano 4. Last Night's Fake Blood 5. Bullfighter Jacket 6. Rock n Roll Mountain Troll 7. Cannibal Queen 8. The Wolf 9. Boomerang 10. Japanese Woman Living in my Closet and top albums: 1. Fortress 2. Tell it to the Volcano 3. Mia Pharaoh Fortress and Tell it to the Volcano are both great albums, I found Mia Pharaoh really disappointing though.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
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