No Land's Man EP (Chop Shop Records)

The Republic Tigers 

No Land's Man EP
(Chop Shop Records)

As any casual observer of the local music scene will tell you, the Republic Tigers enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame with its 2008 song "Buildings & Mountains." It showed up on Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl, and the band played it on Late Show With David Letterman — the works. And the Tigers remain one of the few local bands with a strong non-scenester following. After nearly two years of silence, the band has finally returned with a burst of sound: an EP due for release on April 16. Even a quick listen to No Land's Man restates the band's old arsenal of tricks: crisp percussion, hummable melodies and blissed-out harmonies, all rendered with an acidic spark. The tuneful, midtempo "The Infidel" would sound at home on Keep Color — it's solid but nothing special. "Lonely As I Was" showcases a harder-hitting Tigers, though, with swaggering, speedy breakdowns and rollicking grandeur. "Merrymake It With Me" is a bright, spunky number that's begging for placement in a Volkswagen commercial. There's no "Buildings & Mountains" here, but that shouldn't be a surprise. This is merely a tidbit, a flare sent up to let us know that, yes, the Tigers are still here, still fine-tuning the machine before the great unveiling later this year.

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