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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Round 2 Recap

Posted By on Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Round Four winners Year of the Tiger

You'd have to strap on some serious spelunking gear if you wanted to dig deep enough into the Showcase files to find another semi-final night whose winner was decided by by such a tight margin. The night's lineup—of lounge, jam, garage and synthy alt-rock—was as tight and creative as they were diverse. Heck, if The Smittle Band, Echo Canyon, The Yipps and Year of the Tiger, faced off in the finals, I'd chalk it up as a successful year.

But in the end, Year of the Tiger eked out the other high scores with a photo finish win. And for good reason. From the second they opened with a sine wave-dusted vocal sample to the end of their abbreviated, 25 minute set, the band ripped through a mutated mix of electronic post-punk and hard, loud Nation of Ulysses-esque rock, all punctuated by scatterbeats and brash, ambient interludes. It's the sound (and the quality) you'd expect from the band, led by Mike Mullins of Underclaire, arguably the best alt-rock songwriter in town, and Jeremy Brasher of, well, just about every other killer local band of the last twelve years. He's the designated post-punk torchbearer of Little Rock. And rounded out by Josh Tate's punching drums and fuzzed-out bass from Rob Brackett (whom judge Andy Warr called "very well the best bass player under the age of 30 in town").

If this, their second show ever, is any indicator, start bracing yourself from a lot to come from this new band of old veterans. We sure as hell are.

Check out judge reactions after the jump..

"Destroying it! For their second show! What a supreme collection of badasses."

"Cool atmospheric vibe. Like Las Vegas, maybe? Also, mostly dudes like this band."




"They're comin' out original and there's so much to soak in."

"A great, great showband."

Swing back to Stickyz this Thursday for another buff lineup from Hot Springs blues act (and backing band for the legendary CeDell Davis) Brethren, melodic indie-pop from Conway's This Holy House, the lyrical, earthy sounds of Michael Leonard Witham and shoegazing college rock from The Pink Drapes.

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