The Republic Tigers: Buildings & Mountains
Kansas City based group, The Republic Tigers, got their name from a mixture of a former band name, “Golden Republic” and a certain animal mascot from one of the band member’s alma maters – two things that were apparently from significant periods in their lives. The quintet officially formed in 2005 and were the first 2007 signings to an imprint called Chop Shop Records based out of Pasadena, CA, a label with roots in music supervision (e.g. The OC, Grey’s Anatomy).
“Buildings & Mountains” is from The Republic Tigers 2008 debut full length called “Keep Color” a follow-up to the first self-titled EP they released on Chop Shop in 2007.
To me, this soulful song has a bit of British flair, reminding one of certain 80’s works from successful indie-pop troubadours World Party; definitely not a bad thing. Enjoy the ethereal background vocals, languid yet powerful lead, beautiful flourishes of psychedelia, and most importantly, don’t forget to bring the life preserver and oars.