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Miniature Tigers Take LA! Don't Be Afraid. Meet The Lead Singer, Charlie Brand

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If you were on an adventure with Indiana Jones, and were in desperate need of a sunny, happy pop album that discusses the dangers of cannibals, dinosaurs, octopi, and volcanoes, the Miniature Tigers' new album might be the one to choose. (Obviously this would be in your down time. It's not the soundtrack you would want for when you were fighting Nazis or sneaking around in tombs.) However, Tell It To The Volcano, might just do the trick for when you were having lunch or getting from one cave to another. Which is not surprising considering the founding members, Charlie Brand and Rick Schaier, cite the jungle imagery in Lost and Indiana Jones as some of their influences when writing this record. Honestly it is surprising there aren't more cannibal ditties out there considering the popularity of both of these cultural icons. Or maybe a few mysterious pop songs about "others"? Just a thought. The Miniature Tigers will be playing their adventure pop with Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band at the Troubadour on Sunday, but Charlie Brand was kind enough to talk to us from a gas station in Louisiana before the show. Here is some of what was said.

Where did you get the name the Miniature Tigers?
Oh man this is one of my least favorite questions. This one and, "So what kind of music do you play?"
Oh, sorry.
It's okay. It's my own fault for having tigers in our name. We should have named ourselves something boring, like toothpaste.
You could probably get a sponsorship from Crest if you did that.

Yeah! Our new name is Crest White Strips.