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Cambridge, MA, 02139
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Known for rowdy shows and catchy rock songs, Turf War started in 2008 as a bedroom solo project for lead singer John Robinson and quickly turned into a full band with Brian McGrath filling in on drums and backup vocals, Cecil Moss on Guitar, and Bradley Morris on bass. They created a sound reminiscent of early Replacements and brought on a full party attitude to their live sets.
After playing the club circuit in Augusta for 3 years and gaining a wide audience they set their dreams higher and made the move to Atlanta, GA. It didn't take long for people in Atlanta to start recognizing the bands energy and catchy songs. They even caught the attention of fellow Atlanta rocker Ian St Pé of the Black Lips, who came on to produce the bands first full length. In the process of recording the album they met Ian McDonald, who was engineering their record.
John quickly saw a likeness in Ian musically and asked him to join Turf War, making them a five piece. The band headed out to Texas on their first run outside of GA in 2011 to play SXSW, looking for a label to put out their record and hoping to find a wider audience. There in Austin they met label owner Rob Mason of Old Flame records. They hit it off and decided to make a partnership to release the self titled debut of Turf War Years of Living Dangerously, set to street on October 18, 2011. Turf War plans to tour this fall in support of their debut album.
If you were to chuck a live hand-grenade center-stage at a lavish Broadway musical, the smoking crater and scattered remains might somewhat resemble Mighty Tiny. Putting on a show that's "as entertaining visually as it is musically", Mighty Tiny creates intricate and modern music that comes straight from the soul of the golden age (Kevin Junker, TeaParty Boston). The musical influences of Mighty Tiny reach all the way from the classic compositions of Gershwin and Bernstein to the modern experimental realm of Modest Mouse and Man Man (while stopping somewhere along the way to ask directions from Tom Waits and Led Zeppelin). Lyrically driven, musically lush, frequently beautiful, and occasionally hideous, Mighty Tiny shares borders with experimental rock, blues, punk, Americana, and tin-pan alley jazz.
Musical peculiarities aside, Mighty Tiny has earned a reputation for their uproarious stage show. Over the span of their existence, the group has formed a border-line unhealthy habit of adorning Commedia d'ell Arte-style masks during all live performances that serve to further immerse the audience in their own twisted world. Says Hilary Hughes of Dig Boston, "carrying bells and getting a chant going with audience before they even hit the stage, Mighty Tiny can take charge of a curious crowd and hush a room in seconds." Their raw energy during live performance also caught the attention of Dick Valentine, the lead singer of garage-dance-metal stars, the Electric Six. Valentine said of the act, "They play old-timey music in such a future-forward manner. I think the more shows they play, the more the world will be forced to fall in love with them." He even went as far as to offer up his vocal cords for Mighty Tiny's first full-length album "White Dog Rough Again". Valentine is featured on the tracks "Hey, Mambosso" and "Book of Poems" of the release.
Formed in Boston in the August of 2008, Mighty Tiny immediately gained local exposure by opening for the uniquely talented That 1 Guy. Since their initial foray into the Boston music scene, Mighty Tiny has warmed the hearts of the natives - being referred to as "anachrotastic" and "sophisticated carnies" by the Boston Phoenix. Meanwhile the Improper Bostonian and Dig Boston have said Mighty Tiny "conveys songwriting chops that stand apart from many Boston bands" and has created "auricular, organized chaos through their songwriting." Throughout their career, Mighty Tiny has performed with a long list of local acts as well as several internationally touring artists including the Electric Six, That 1 Guy, Katzenjammer, Caspian, and Kate Miller-Heidke.