Another release in the maxi single format is Tell Me by Tiny Fighter. It is about 20 years and a while ago that Veruca Salt entered my life and ever since I have a warm feeling for a real yet solid female voice in a stark but melodic rock setting. As I remember from an interview with Veruca Salt, its producer Bob Rock kept pushing the duo for another melody within the melody. The result being the band never released a better album again.
Tiny Fighter knows how to reach these sorts of levels as well. All the three songs blend a rock approach with a pop feel. A tightness that allows singer Therese Karlsson to go every which way she can take the song melodically. The result being two fabulous rock songs and a sensitive ballad.
Tiny Fighter is a Stockholm based Swedish - Australian duo that progressed into a full fledged six piece band. After releasing several singles it is time for a maxi single and it totally convinces from the first to the last note. Karlsson has a voice that mixes rock bitch with ultimate innocence without blinking an eye, while the band knows when to rock and when to roll.
'Tell Me' has a truly fun indie rock feel. Just listen to the beautiful chorus where Therese Karlsson shows the world two totally different voices. The dreamy, innocent harmonies make this a gem of a pop song. The guitars may rock out ever louder beneath her voice, it is her innocence that wins out. A short, fiery solo gives the song a winning point. Were this Sweden's participant in the European Songcontest my douze points were in the bag.
The final song, the ballad 'Katrina', is led on by a piano and a violin. A hint of classic U.K. folk enters the songs, some Fairport Convention/Sandy Denny. These little hints while the band remains itself. Another side to the band, but a clear token of what it is capable of beside indie rocking out. From Sandy Denny to Blondie and Veruca Salt, to keep that mix convincing a band has to be good. Tiny Fighter, on the basis of the three songs presented to me through Tell Me, is. I can't wait to hear more.
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