Monday, March 31, 2014
The Republic Tigers Merrymake It With Me Atlantic/Chop Shop 2011
Man, I think I've been a total dick about this band. I could of swore they formed in KC as the Golden Republic and dropped the scene for Austin, TX to become the Republic Tigers and get noticed (although, getting noticed in that town is probably harder than it is here). But, I'm checking things now that I've came across this ($2 sealed in Atlanta, GA...nice) and they claim Kansas City like no other. But, seriously, been a total dick if that's the case. When I heard NPR refer to the group as "majestic pop", and that this KC band was featured on soundtracks in TV, commercials, and movies, and when I heard the local alterno-rock station claim they were playing local when they spun a hit by the band, I cringed, wouldn't let myself believe they were local, they left, sold us out for the uber-hip city of Austin, TX.
But, like I said, I think I'm wrong on that. I mean crap, the song "Merrymake It With Me" was mixed by Shiner/Season to Risk player, Paul Malinowski; that's pretty KC. Pretty sure I just got suckered into some hipsters misinformed opinion of the band and let it became my own (looks like I'm the sell-out, here). Either way, I'm still not impressed by the group's sound. "Majestic Pop" isn't a bad term, it's very girl-friendly, indie-lite, pop music. The songs are pleasant, they get you to hum along and it makes sense the band would be featured on the soundtracks of teen drama TV, it's all very clever background music. Like Death Cab for Cutie or even Jimmy Eat World, catchy melodies and a lot going on in the background. In fact, the band is so unoffensive my mom asked me why I didn't review them on this blog (thanks for reading, mom). She likes them and that should tell you everything you need to know: Mom Rock.
Whale Fight @ the Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS