Year of the Tiger

Tigercity mine Hall & Oates-style soft rock gold for a smooth take on dance rock


TIGERCITY at Wrongbar (1279 Queen West), Tuesday (March 9), 10 pm. $10.50. rotate.com.


The world of nostalgic dance rock is crowded with artists vying for the listener’s attention. But when Brooklyn’s Tigercity hit the scene in 2004 with a brand of lo-fi, electro-nuanced pop rock that elicited comparisons to Prince, Hall & Oates and the Talking Heads, people took note.

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Members of the four-piece claim they’ve never actively attempted to distance themselves from their peers, nor have they drawn from conventional sources.

Says Andrew Brady during a short holiday in Florida, “It was a natural progression. When we made our first EP, we were listening to disco, electroclash and house, but it didn’t necessarily influence our sound.”

Tigercity have, however, been influenced by a handful of producers over the years their newest album, Ancient Lover (Tigercity), has an R&B-imbued pop rock aesthetic.

“Ancient Lover was produced by Chuck Brody [of Ghostface Killah and Peter Bjorn and John fame], whereas our EP was done by Al Carlson, who is much more of a rock producer,” explains Brady.

Their tunes run the gamut from soothing to bouncy, but Tigercity’s chameleon-like energy will be tuned to the latter for their Wrongbar show.

“It’s much more of a rock show than our records lead [you to expect],” says Brady. “Very uptempo. There will be lots of dancing.”

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