Friday, October 31, 2008

The Republic Tigers on Daytrotter

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 9:53 AM

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Illustration for Daytrotter by Johnnie Cluney

LINK: The Republic Tigers' Daytrotter Session

For those not familiar with Daytrotter, it's a Web site that centers around a studio in Rock Island, Illinois, where up-and-coming indie (usually) bands stop in while on tour to record a few off-the-cuff tracks for posting on the site. Previous KC-Lawrence bands to have trotted through are Dri, Ghosty, Drakkar Sauna, Koufax, Mac Lethal and Fourth of July.

Along with posting the songs, Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller writes long, impressionistic, half-mad essays about the recordings. Here's an excerpt from the Tigers sesh:

Even [Adam] McGill has a hard time falling into a sustained definition for the songs that appear on the band’s debut full-length, Keep Color. There is a flux and a wane to it and that has more to do with the towering breadth of the songs that the Kansas City band has written. It’s hard to believe that someone sitting somewhere in Kansas City could have written songs that sound more like the monsters of English bands like the Oasis’, the Coldplays, the Keanes, the Travis’, the Mews and lesser knowns and forgotten such as Kula Shaker and Space. The music that was born here in the heartland, given its life by The Republic Tigers, has elephantiasis in a way is not unsightly or a medical anomaly.

Yes, he really did just write that about elephantiasis.

Anyway, the recordings sound pretty good. Well done, Tigers.

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