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February 15, 2012
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Tiny Animals

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“As a band, our mentality is to have a personal connection with our fans. We have no specific image; we’re just three normal people who like to have fun” explained Tiny Animals’ guitarist and singer Chris Howerton in a phone interview.

Chris spoke highly of his bandmates, especially his sister Rita, who plays drums and piano. Their sound began with the two of them. Rita and Chris grew up in Westchester, New York. Their father was a guitarist who inspired and encouraged them by helping them learn different instruments, grow their hair out (literally) and embody music they wanted to play. Although it was somewhat of an “unconventional parental experience” says Chris, “he always encouraged us to follow our passions.”

When asked how it was to work with a sibling, Chris answered “We’re best friends. It’s easy to work with Rita because she knows me. She can convince me in a way that won’t bother me…or trick me into thinking her way.” Rita grew up learning to play classical piano and is also a trained ballet dancer.

Their bass player, Anton Kreisl, is from San Francisco, California, and joined the band in 2008. “The music is a collaborative effort. For our first album, I wrote most of the music. So after that we decided that everyone should get to contribute” says Chris. One of the songs they worked on together became the single “Wait for Me,” which they released a music video for. The video, originally inspired by the ballet “The Nutcracker,” “is a classic love story” said Chris.

So how did they come up with the name Tiny Animals? “Day dreaming.” Chris expalined that they hope their music — and name — create a message that everyday should be fun. As a pre-performance ritual, the band makes each other laugh, just to lighten the mood and get ready for a good show.

– Ariel Nicastro

 

“Fight or Flight”


“Wait for Me”


“You Let The Whole World Down”


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"Fight or Flight" Lyrics

Caught one on the chin, son?
Though you never win one
Givin' up won't do
Your daddy's dead and gone for good
Promised him you never would be afraid
Chances slim to none
The damage has been done
So make your move

Hang on you're fading
We must rise against the odds
Before all is lost
Your pulse is racing
It's the price you have to pay
Before it's too late

Want a new sensation?
Sick of aggravation?
Show you how to
Overcome distractions
Start a chain reaction
Heal the pain
Ya think you've had enough?
So get your mind made up
And make a move

Hang on you're fading
We must rise against the odds
Before all is lost
Your pulse is racing
It's the price you have to pay
Before it's too late

Hang on you're fading
It's not too late

Hang on you're fading
We must rise against the odds
Before all is lost
Your pulse is racing
It's the price you have to pay
Before it's too late
Before it's too late

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"You Let The Whole World Down" Lyrics

Hands on my heart, I pray that it's all just a dream
Lost my luck in the sea
Now that I've lost my way, I look back on the scene
No one trusted in me

Jaws dropped down, cold glances
Just a boy, what are the chances?
When their sight advances, will they say...
"You let the whole world down"

Walking alone unarmed, to the ends of the earth, on a quest for a cure
Suffering only harm, wondering if I am worth a speck of sand on this earth

Stone portraits, my story
No one else can fight it for me
No guts then no glory
Still they say,

"You let the whole world down"

Come for me, I'm not scared
Adore me if you dare
I don't care what you choose

You let the whole world down

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"Wait for Me" Lyrics

Darling, tell me you love me
Always, I'll be your man forever
Never forget these old days
Wait for me, won't you

Rogue waves crashing, sharp blades slashing
Choke on poison, Get these boys done
Tough turns tender, sweet surrender
False words spoken, are we broken?

Darling, tell me you love me
Always, I'll be your man forever
Never forget these old days
Wait for me, won't you

I will go on, fighting for your heart
As you wish

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