The Republic Tigers

The Republic Tigers don’t need any help to get noticed. They’re going to be hot, but — bonus — they’re good to boot.

These college kids have the full flex of Alexandra Patsavas behind them. I remember being excited a long time ago that she was going to be in charge of a label (Chop Shop, a subsidiary of Atlantic), and this is (finally) her first project. It’s sure to launch, Kennedy Space Center style, particularly after they play David Letterman in a month and then start touring with Nada Surf, an excellent pairing.

Buildings and Mountains, featuring excellent backing vocals, is their first single. If you download it at RCRD LBL, then the band gets paid even though the mp3 is free via the miracle of advertising. It’s at the bottom of that interview with Patsavas. What’s the song like? Well … maybe the mellow bits of Modest Mouse?

The video for that track is quite nice, as well. Very simple, but mesmerizing. This Kansas City, MO, band has the potential to flesh out an exciting range of emotions in their 2008 release Keep Color. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

May 2 – Tribeca Film Festival – Webster Hall – New York
May 12 – KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” – Los Angeles
May 13 – Spaceland – Los Angeles
May 22 – David Letterman – New York
June 1 – The Social w/ Nada Surf – Orlando
June 2 – Studio A w/ Nada Surf – Miami
June 3 – State Theatre w/ Nada Surf – St. Petersburg, FL
June 5 – Mercy Lounge w/ Nada Surf – Nashville
June 6 – tba w/ Nada Surf – Memphis
June 7 – Bluebird w/ Nada Surf – St. Louis
June 9 – The Music Mill w/ Nada Surf – Indianapolis
June 10 – The Basement w/ Nada Surf – Columbus
June 11 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern w/ Nada Surf – Cleveland

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