I wasn't quite sure how to take Brooklyn's four-piece Tigercity when I saw them opening up the fourth day of the Tomorrow Never Knows Music Festival. They catch you a little off guard with their more pop-electronica oriented side and it's fair to say their sound was unlike any of the other bands that played the festival. Then I thought to myself, "Oh right I know what this is...it's just Jamiroquai fronting an indie rock band!"
The best thing Tigercity has going for them is lead singer Bill Gillim's charisma. His expressive face coupled with his way of singing with his hand firmly gripping the mic while he wanders the stage works well for him. While his voice climbed to falsetto heights, the audience slowly adjusted to the idea that this wasn't a standard indie rock band and started dancing a bit.
It's fair to say there's a bit of variety even between the songs they have up on their MySpace page and this might just because the band is trying to choose a style considering it is in the early stages with only one EP released so far. Their list of influences is rather eclectic and random, ranging with everyone from The Beach Boys to Kraftwerk. They list musician Prince as an influence, for example, and the song that comes closest to that albeit with a bit more cheesy beat quality is "Are You Sensation." Perhaps their most catchy song with a greater indie rock influence is "Dark Water" and you can definitely sense just a hint of The Cars in the chorus vocals. It will be interesting for fans of this style of music to see what direction the band continues in upon the release of their first full length album.