Musical communes may have seemed like an idea strictly for the end of the '60s at one point, but in a world of Acid Mothers Temple and the Sunburned Hand of the Man, to name but two, there's even more room for them these days. Which is where the Red Tyger Church comes in, though the information-shy band may, in fact, be a commune of the mind only, aiming more for catchy psychedelia-into-Velvet Underground pop/rock than ten-day-long drum circles. Headed up by multi-band veteran Mike Diaz (other groups he's played in include the Warlocks and the Pretty Girls) on vocals, guitars, and other instruments, and Mel Berlin on vocals and tambourine, the quintet assembled itself in Sacramento in 2002, and built up a reputation with a variety of local shows and the great interplay between Diaz and Berlin that recalled male/female vocal partnerships like the B-52's and X as much as anyone else. Patrick Boissel's Alive/Total Energy Records made a logical home for the group, especially given Diaz's past experiences in the Warlocks, and the group's debut, Free Energy, surfaced in early 2004.
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