Genres: indie pop, indie rock
PO Box 1191
Alhambra CA 91802
Feb 23 - 29 2004
Tigerella is a pleasant, unassuming indie pop band on the
increasingly illustrious (and prolific) Shmat label of Alahambra,
California. Elements of twee, shoegazer, and straightforward, Pavement-esque
pop sensibility are all present in their sound, which, though
inoffensive, is remarkably infectious.
The best songs on this self-titled debut album are those that
establish solid, memorable melodies and then use them appropriately.
"Insomniac," for example, is a fresh, loose tune with a very
pleasing bed of guitar chords laid under the almost folky vocals. Many
of the other songs share this basic, primitive sensibility, lavishing
the listener in pleasant hooks and soft melodies.
My only qualm with Tigerella's style is that it can get a
bit dull at times. Their songs are frequently based on short, repeated
choruses, which can drag when the songs go on for too long ("The
Curse of the Matador" and "Caleb" are good examples of
However, when all is said and done, Tigerella are certainly
masters of good, twee-esque indie pop. They lack a certain something -
perhaps edge or variety - but true pop lovers will likely enjoy their
self-titled debut album nonetheless.
[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]