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The Republic Tigers

Keep Color

(Chop Shop; US: 6 May 2008; UK: Available as import)

If you somehow haven’t caught on yet, or didn’t read my review of their EP, let me introduce you to The Republic Tigers. For comparison’s sake, their sound is equal parts Love, The Killers, and Modest Mouse with drugged-out, psychedelic melodies mixed in. But these five guys from Kansas City, Missouri are doing more than channeling their favorite artists on their full-length debut, Keep Color. Tracks like the spaced-out and catchy “Buildings & Mountains” and the possible breakthrough single “Fight Song” are chamber pop anthems with balls. The 1960s vocal harmonies embrace you as the huge guitar licks kick you, albeit gently, in the ass. Other songs, such as “Made Concrete” and “Feelin’ the Future”, are Americana dripping with hints of an acid trip. Whether they are lulling you to sleep or inducing a hazy daydream, The Republic Tigers hardly show any weaknesses here. Now it’s time for you to just hear Keep Color for yourself and beat the hoard of indie-kids sure to grab hold of this album and never let go.

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Weekly newspaper reporter by day, music reviewer by night (OK, and by day, too). When he's not writing for PopMatters, Andrew spends most of his time at online magazine Prefix and hip-hop site Potholes In My Blog.


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