Miniature Tigers recast themselves as masters of dance pop on their third album, “Mia Pharoah,” wielding a potent dose of 80’s cool like a pair of Woody Allen glasses. Yes, they’re dated, whimsical things, but indispensable devices with which to view the world through — seen here in super VGA color. It’s a bit jangly, a bit disco, and thick with 8-bit synth. Like the playful album title, frontman Charlie Brand conjures winks and cheesy nods, with lines like “you can take me out and play me like a saxophone,” but it’s no joke. It’s a recipe for a fruitful summer hit.
There’s plenty of innuendo in the song, but we wouldn’t tag a video NSFW just for that, not even for the cartoon snake-penises, which also slither about in this sing-along that, if not for it’s sexual imagery, looks like it could have been pulled from a wacky candy commercial circa 1988. But a singing vagina, even animated, might just be over the line. You decide! The video was directed and edited by Max Goldblatt, with the animation created by Brand.
Miniature Tigers Spring 2012 Tour with Fun.:
4/13/12 The Brick Minneapolis, MN
4/14/12 Vic Theatre Chicago, IL
4/15/12 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
4/19/12 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
4/20/12 Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
4/25/12 The Guvernment Toronto, ON
4/27/12 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
4/28/12 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
4/30/12 Cabaret Du Mile End Montreal, QC
5/3/12 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/4/12 9:30 Club Washington, DC
5/5/12 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA