Miniature Tigers

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Miniature Tigers
Miniature Tigers at the Rickshaw Stop, January 2020.jpg
Miniature Tigers performing in San Francisco in 2020
Background information
OriginPhoenix, Arizona, United States
GenresIndie pop, indie rock
Years active2006–present
Associated actsAlvin Band, Spooky
WebsiteOfficial Site
MembersCharlie Brand
Rick Alvin Schaier
Ryan Breen
Brandon Lee
Past membersAlex Gerber, Algernon Quashie, Eli Brandom, Golie Zarabi, Dave Weingarten, Susan Spruce

Miniature Tigers is an American indie pop band based in the Brooklyn borough of New York City that combines elements of indie rock, synth-pop, and dream pop.[1] The band is made up of Charlie Brand (lead vocals, guitar), Rick Schaier (keyboards and guitar), Algernon Quashie (guitar), and Brandon Lee (bass guitar).[2]

Miniature Tigers began their first national tour in October 2008,[3] which included playing a set at the 2008 CMJ Music Marathon.[4][5] Miniature Tigers toured with Ben Folds in February and played the 2009 Monolith Festival in September. They also toured with Fun. in support of their latest album, Some Nights.


In December 2006, Rolling Stone listed Miniature Tigers as "one of the 25 best bands on Myspace."[6] The band has also received favorable attention from Spin magazine,[2] which included Miniature Tigers in its list of "The 9 Hottest New Bands Playing CMJ 2008."[7] Death + Taxes, a music magazine, awarded the band's Black Magic and White Magic EPs 4 stars, calling the band "terribly endearing."[8] The music video for "Cannibal Queen" has been featured on mtvU and MTV2's Subterranean.

The band's 4th album Cruel Runnings was released June 17, 2014 with cover art inspired by Memphis Group.[9]

The band contributed music to and appear in the 2015 romantic comedy Sleeping with Other People.[10]


  • Octopus EP (June 27, 2006)
  • White Magic EP (March 4, 2008)
  • Black Magic EP (March 4, 2008)
  • Tell It to the Volcano (September 16, 2008)
  • Fortress (July 27, 2010)
  • Mia Pharaoh (March 6, 2012)
  • Cruel Runnings (June 17, 2014)
  • I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy (October 28, 2016)
  • FORTRESS (Demos) (2018)
  • Vampires In the Daylight (October 11, 2019)


  1. ^ "Miniature Tigers | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  2. ^ a b "Catch the Buzz: Miniature Tigers", Spin, William Goodman, July 29, 2008
  3. ^ "Miniature Tigers at Modified Arts", Phoenix New Times, "Up on the Sun" blog for Sep. 15 2008
  4. ^ Leatherman, Benjamin (12 March 2009). "Miniature Tigers: Almost Everyone Loves Charlie Brand". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  5. ^ Wallace, Lynn. "Miniature Tigers. Something to Roar About". Ink 19. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone Declares the 25 Best Bands on MySpace", December 22, 2006
  7. ^ "The 9 Hottest New Bands Playing CMJ 2008", Spin, by Peter Gaston, October 20, 2008
  8. ^ "MINIATURE TIGERS : BLACK & WHITE MAGIC EPS: MODERN ART" Archived 2009-06-29 at, Death + Taxes,
  9. ^ "Miniature Tigers Discuss the Future, fun., and Fighting". TRANSVERSO. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  10. ^ "Interview: Miniature Tigers", July 9, 2015

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