There’s no denying that we, as a culture, needed a break from the glittering apathy of 1970s disco. Since that time, revivals have come and gone, both in regrettable forms like Cher and Kylie Minogue, and in more politicized brilliance like Gang of Four. Tigercity, however, has resurrected the danceable festiveness of disco’s original appeal right down to the infectious shimmer of keyboards, simulated claps, pattering drums and funked-out bass.
The Brooklyn-based band’s debut EP is downright un-ironically booty shakin’, with a certain keen sense of what made disco fun before it became commercialized. One standout track is “Powerstripe,” in which Bill Gillim showcases his silky, unabashedly high-pitch pipes with such cheese lines like, “The things I want to say, the things I want to do when I get next to your body.” Likewise, the clipped coolness of “Are You Sensation” is the kind of rhythm that’s “gonna get you,” as Gloria Estefan once said.
This album is the definition of guilty pleasure, and unless it conjures horrifying memories from back in the day, or unless you are too boringly serious for serious dancing, you just have to love it. (Erika Fredrickson)
Tigercity plays with Via Audio Monday, Dec. 17, at the Badlander at 9 PM. Free.