Alvin Band, Mini T's Side Project, Gets Love From Spike Jonze

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

I'm not sure if Rick Alvin Schaier counts as "local" since he was based in Southern Cali, and the Phoenix-associated band he drums for, Miniature Tigers, up and moved to New York City, but just in case anyone's interested, his side project, Alvin Band, is making some noise. Spike Jonze's site, We Love You So, has loved the band's record so.

"Okay, it's never nice to start with such a direct comparison- but it's hard to ignore the fact that some of Alvin Band's songs sound a lot like Animal Collective. That's not a detriment at all. The sound is similar, but not identical, and even if it were identical- that would be rad! Two Animal Collectives are better than one, right?"

Ugh. I'm more than fine with zero Animal Collectives. If true, this would be horrible news, especially if this means Schaier is gonna start designing super douchey hoodies. Fortunately, comparing bands to Animal Collective is just something people do reflexively now, and Alvin Band is a lot less annoying than the Baltimore-based ambient indie "collective."

Download Alvin Band's single here. Also check out Arty Girl's take on Schaier's work here.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.