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Modern Art Tour Hosts Two Arizona Shows

Modern Art Records has teamed with Consequence of Sound to bring the Modern Art Tour across the United States. The 24-date tour features Miniature Tigers, Geographer, The Chain Gang of 1974, and Pretty & Nice and SPEAK splitting dates along the way.

The tour began March 1 in Seattle and rolls through Tucson on March 7 and Phoenix on March 8.

Read below to find out more about the bands on the bill and see what Charlie Brand of Miniature Tigers had to say about the current tour, plans for the future and more…

Photo by Dominic Santos

Formed in 2008, Geographer is a three-piece band based out of San Francisco. “I want to make soulful music from outer space,” said lead Michael Deni in a recent interview. To date, the band has toured with artists such as Cults, Voxtrot, Local Natives, Asobi Seksu, A Place to Bury Strangers, Ladytron, Surferblood, Toro y Moi and more. They are currently on tour in support of their newest and second full-length album, Myth.

Members: Michael Deni, Nathan Blaz, Brian Ostreicher
Sounds like: If Yeasayer and Grizzly Bear joined forces…in outer space.

Los Angeles-based Chain Gang of 1974 is one-man synthpop project by Kamtin Mohager that now consists of a full band. Although the project began in 2007 and included albums White Guts and Fantastic Nostalgic, Mohager considers Wayward Fire, released in June 2011, the band’s debut.

“I think this is the debut record because the sound I’m working with now is where we’ll continue to go,” said Mohager in an interview with QRO Magazine.

Members: Kamtin Mohager (with backing band)
Sounds like: The soundtrack to Sixteen Candles.

Self-described as “indie, experimental pop,” “crazy,” “fun,” and “hooray,” Pretty & Nice are an unsigned band from Boston. In April 2011, they released a two-track 7” Fantastic Artifact. Pretty & Nice will play a portion of the tour, other dates will feature Austin band Speak.

Members: Rog, Kev, Holden, Jeremy
Sounds like: Pop Rocks and soda, or maybe just pop and rock.

May we not forget that the now New York-based Miniature Tigers has origins in Phoenix. Since their formation in 2006, the band has put out five releases. Their most recent full-length Mia Pharaoh debuted on March 6. We had a few questions for lead singer Charlie Brand, find out what he had to say below…

Each band playing this tour is from a different part of the country, how do you think your environment influences your sound?
I don’t think any of the bands have a sound reflecting where they are from. It can maybe influence experiences that can be heard in the lyrics but even then I don’t think it’s geographically specific.

What do you like about the other bands on this bill?
I love how diverse the lineup is. Everyone is bringing something uniquely different and I think that will make for a very dynamic bill.

As a band that’s been around for less than 10 years, you’re essentially just getting started. If you could have your career emulate that of another band or musician, whose career would you choose?
I admire bands like Flaming Lips who have been around for a long time and are continually trying new things and reinventing themselves.

What’s on your band bucket list? In other words, what is one thing you’d like to accomplish before you stop making music together?
Play a concert on the moon.

You’re embarking on a long tour, what do you do to keep from getting homesick?
Sometimes it’s unavoidable. Thankfully my best friends also happen to be in a band with me and I’m already friends with all the bands on tour so this should be a lot of fun. Mostly just try to keep occupied by painting or reading.

Finish these sentences…

The best part about making music is… being able to spend a majority of time doing what I love.
If our music was a color, it would be… swimming pool blue.
The first time I knew I wanted to make music was… I was 8 years old dancing to Michael Jackson.
If I could do any job, besides making music, it would be…painter or film director.
As a band, we pride ourselves on…being unpretentious.
Making music is…spiritual.
A lot of our fans don’t know this, but…we’re actually Coldplay.

On March 2, during Artlink‘s First Friday artwalk, Tucson artist Joe Pagac painted a mural on Eye Lounge in Phoenix to promote the upcoming Modern Art Tour gig at Crescent Ballroom and Miniature Tiger’s new album Mia Pharaoh. The mural artwork was a collaboration between Pagac and Miniature Tiger’s Brand. Watch a time lapse video of the making of the mural, produced by Psyko Steve Presents, and filmed and edited by Trevvor Riley and Colten Currey:

The Modern Art Tour featuring Miniature Tigers, Geographer, Chain Gang of 1974 and Pretty & Nice will play Club Congress in Tucson on Wednesday, March 7 and Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on Thursday, March 8. Purchase tickets for both events here.

If you can’t make it to the Crescent show or want to see Miniature Tigers perform twice, check out their free in-store performance at Stinkweeds. Find out more details on Facebook.


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