Stranded In Stereo: The Republic Tigers to "Keep Color"

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Republic Tigers to "Keep Color"

About a year ago when the ole SiS blog was started, and we brought in that Band of the Week feature, one of the first bands to grace the sidebar was Kansas City's The Republic Tigers. In the last year, I think it's safe to say that things have worked in the band's favor: they've recently signed on to be the flagship artist of Chop Shop Records, have released their four-song EP, and now have readied their debut full length, Keep Color, due May 6th.

The quintet, fronted by ex-Golden Republic (oh how I miss them, sniffle) guitarist/keyboard player Kenn Jankowski, the band fuse together elements of folk, psychedelia, and symphonic electronic pop that adds up to equal only one thing: catchy catchy good music. Of the dozens songs that make up Color, several of them were featured over the last year on their MySpace page and they've had me eagerly anticipating their debut, especially "Made Concrete."

The band will finally leave the confines of the state of Missouri to premiere their new material at SXSW, and will hit the road later this year to support Color. Make sure to check out their MySpace page where you can stream their EP and learn more about one of the bands you soon will be reading about everywhere.

Because you need to hear "Made Concrete":

Keep Color:
01 Buildings & Mountains
02 Golden Sand
03 Feelin' The Future
04 Weatherbeaten
05 Air Guitar
06 The Nerve
07 Contortionists
08 Fight Song
09 Made Concrete
10 Give Arm To Its Socket
11 Stranger To The Eyes Of A Child-Man
12 Cast On, Cast Off

SXSW Appearances:
Mar 13 Cedar Street Courtyard, Filter Party (12:45pm)
Mar 13 The PureVolume Ranch, PureVolume Party (7:00pm)
Mar 15 Chop Shop Records / Atlantic Records Party (4:45pm)

Download: "Buildings & Mountains" [mp3]

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