Miniature Tigers' Brandon Lee on New Album, Brooklyn, and Man-Bags

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Courtesy of Brandon Lee
It's been two years since Brandon Lee, longtime bassist for Phoenix-bred trip-hop/alternative band Chronic Future and founding member of indie record label Modern Art Records, moved to Brooklyn, New York.
Since then, big things have indeed been happening for B-Lee in BK (along with the rest of the Modern Art Records' crew), including Lee's recent role as newest member in Modern Art's rising indie-poppers, Miniature Tigers.

The band recently wrapped up a brief two-week tour along the west coast, opening for Tennis. We caught up with Lee to discuss Tigers' upcoming album, Mia Pharaoh, their new (hilarious) video for song, "Female Doctor," which premiered last week at Spin, and life as a Phoenix music scene OG turned Big Apple hustler.

Miniature Tigers are scheduled to perform Thursday, March 8, at Crescent Ballroom.

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Frontman Charlie Brand and Brandon Lee at Crescent Ballroom.

Up on the Sun: What an awesome surprise to see you bangin' on the bass with Miniature Tigers at  the mind-blowing show you dudes put on at Crescent Ballroom last month. How'd it feel to be on tour again? More importantly, how'd it feel to be back in your old Phoenix stompin' grounds?

Brandon Lee: It's always awesome to be back in the Phoenix.  It was especially awesome to see such a cool and thriving new venue downtown. Before the tour I did with Miniature Tigers this past September, I hadn't played a show of any kind in two years. So it's been really fun and refreshing to be back on the road.

Prior to your recent commitment as Tiger's new bass player, it looks like you've spent a lot of time with the band (thanks to my highly advanced super creep Facebook stalking skills). How would you describe your involvement in Miniature Tigers over the years? And will this be a long-time or temporary gig?

I've known Charlie since back in the day, before he started Miniature Tigers. In the early days of the band I used to play shows with them around Phoenix and LA and also did a couple tours together with Dear And The Headlights and Bishop Allen.

Chronic Future was still active back then though, so it was never a permanent thing. However, I'm pleased to announce that I've recently joined the band on a permanent basis (Or "permanent bassist", see what I did there?) and will be continuing to rock with them in the free world. In addition to playing in the band, I have taken a lot of photos for/of them over the years, including but not limited to the covers for the White Magic and Black Magic EP's

We're all super excited to hear the new album, Mia Pharaoh, this year. Can you elaborate on any details. Namely, what to expect and when?

The record is coming out on March 6th on Modern Art Records and we're doing a headlining tour in March as well [Phoenix date below]. There's definitely more keyboards and electronic elements than on the previous records, and a lot of the songs have more of a dance sound to them. I feel like its a natural progression though and it definitely maintains a classic Miniature Tigers feel. Playing live, the new songs blend really nicely with the older material.

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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