One cannot live on headliners alone. RFC's having a "moment" for Miniature Tigers, who opened for The Walkmen at The Metro on Thursday, like champions. I'm sure its easy to phone in a performance for the eager half-crowd that arrives two hours early to see the main attraction. Especially when you know Japandroids are about to blow the roof off (and the eardrums out of) the place anyway. Leave it to Miniature Tigers to roll up like they own the joint, and give the crowd a lesson in indie rock refinement.The band covers a lot of ground, taking on pop balad tenderness one minute and tackling dude rock the next. What impressed me most about the band is how practiced and right-on they sound. I'm not into buzz bands hitting the ground running before they've tied their shoelaces but Miniature Tigers are living up to their praise because they've taken the time to earn it.
They'll use synths and intricacies in their music, but they're not hiding behind them. Instead, they're using them, seamlessly, to their advantage. I'm never one to ignore the female perspective, and its pretty commonplace for a girl to watch in wonder and imagine each song was written and perfomed just for her. Not hard to do here, actually, with the level of sincerety and commitment the band displays. Miniature Tigers gave a personal, enjoyable performace, and I'm guessing that they're busy pulling that off every night.
Editor's note: Unfortunately, Miniature Tigers are only with indie rock dreamboats The Walkmen for three dates meaning, if my mathematics are correct, their tenure with Hamilton and the crew is ending tonight. While the band is booked until the end of the year with Freelance Whales, it's just about certain they'll be back Midwest way around the start of 2011 but to tide you over? How about you take a listen to their second Daytrotter session? We recommend "Bullfighter Jacket". Hey, speaking of which, there's a video for that song!