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Singer/songwriter Charlie Brand loves to get down and kitschy, but he’s keenly aware that jokes are only one aspect of entertainment, and he clearly wants listeners to feel the joy and emotion that he and his band bring to these retro-modern pop songs. Brand writes like every song should be a single, and this passion means that each track jumps out of the gate with a palpable immediacy. His first-world problems are a perfect match for producer Chris Zane, whose work with Nelly Furtado and Passion Pit proves he’s the right man to balance the sound between guitar-based power pop and cheesy ‘80s synth-disco pop. “Swimming Pool Blues,” “Used to Be the S**t,” and “Oblivious” commandeer Cruel Runnings as an essential fourth album, and that’s before “Dream Girl” tries out its 1983-style R&B grooves on the crowd and “Sadistic Kisses” ekes out a glorious bounce of harmonies and hooks. Brand’s love for pop music matched with his lyrical wit and his genuine heart make Cruel Runnings a complex work regarding the beautiful plastics and synthetics manufactured around us.

Customer Reviews

Great Tracks

I’ve been a fan of Miniature Tigers since 2008! These songs are fun and relatable. I’m looking forward to the record! Keep up the great work.

Can't wait for the rest of the album to be available!

I've obsessively bought all of the other albums, and this one hasn't disappointed in the least. I listened to the albums in order, enjoying the changes and accepting them because everyone changes and evolves, and I think bands have to evolve to stay fresh and enjoy what they're doing. The songs are catchy and fun, and I'll be listening to it on repeat all summer. Great job guys!

Next level

Amazing work by these fine gents. I've been listening to Miniature Tigers since they started, and to see they're progression from their early work to Cruel Runnings is awesome. This album has it all from great summer time jams to artistically crafted emotional hymns. Love the album artwork! Can't wait for it to be in my library with the rest of their work.


Formed: Phoenix, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although declared "one of the 25 best bands on MySpace" by Rolling Stone in late 2006, Miniature Tigers rose to wider attention with the release of their 2008 debut, Tell It to the Volcano. The band was founded by songwriter Charlie Brand, an Arizona native who avoided his state's sky-high temperatures by writing songs in his bedroom. The resulting material paired Brand's acoustic guitar with a wide range of pop influences -- the Cars' strut, Weezer's snark, Phil Spector's polish -- and Miniature...
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