Localized Appreesh: Rin Tin Tiger

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Rin Tin Tiger, up in the clouds.
PHOTO BY JACLYN SNOOK

Localized Appreesh is our weekly thank-you column to the musicians that make the Bay. To be considered, contact emilysavage@sfbg.com.

San Francisco's Rin Tin Tiger does it raw. The alt-folk trio just wrapped up recording an organic (no vocal editing here) live album at Tiny Telephone Studios.

The resulting record, Toxic Pocketbook, roars like the soul of a wild cat trapped in a faithful pup's skin. It scoots along with twangy riffs infused with a rough rock'n'roll edge, and “a good thump” (as the band describes it below), with untouched – and gleefully twangy – vocals pumping up the natural energy. 

In celebration of their respective new releases, the band co-headlines the Great American Music Hall this week with fellow locals Tumbleweed Wanderers. First, Rin Tin Tiger swipes its striped paw across Localized Appreesh's ruddy cheek.

Year and location of origin: 2011 - San Francisco, Calif.

Band name origin: Kevin wanted to call the band Rin Tin Tin after the dog but the name was already taken.  As a joke Andrew said Rin Tin Tiger.  We brushed it off and then had nightmares about it for eternity.  Thus, RTT was born.

Band motto: Murk as much as possible.

Description of sound in 10 words or less: High energy, lyric heavy alt folk with a good thump.

Instrumentation: Acoustic guitar, electric bass, drums, harmonica, cries, calls & hollers.

Most recent release: Toxic Pocketbook (2012)

Best part about life as a Bay Area band: Being able to busk the streets of SF as well as play all of the amazing venues in the city and the ability to play different markets like the Oakland or San Jose within a 45 minute drive.

Worst part about life as a Bay Area band: Cost of living/Rent.

First album ever purchased: Kevin: N'Sync, Home for Christmas; Sean: Weird Al Bad Hair Day; Andrew: Michael Jackson, Black Or White.

Most recent album purchased/downloaded: Kevin: I've been revisiting Underoath, The Changing of Times; Sean: the amazing new releases from local bands Picture Atlantic, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Owl Paws, Loquat and Dogcatcher!; Andrew: Fleetwood Mac, Rumors.

Favorite local eatery and dish: Indian Pizza at Zantes and The Classic cheeseburger at Burgermeister.

Rin Tin Tiger and Tumbleweed Wanderers
With Ghost and the City
Thu/26, 8pm, $15
Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell, SF
(415) 885-0750
www.slimspresents.com

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