Throw your penny in my fountain

Remember 1993?
Tiger Trap was the first band fronted by Rose Melberg, the best singer in the universe. The quartet was active only briefly in the early ’90s, releasing an EP and a full-length. I’ve had the LP on heavy rotation for the last few months.

Here’s one of my favourites from that album, “Words and Smiles.” It’s an unrequited love song that’s equal parts hopeful and poignant. The drums are bouncy and the fuzzy surf licks are gorgeous, but there’s no mistaking the desperation in the lyrics, as Rose sings, “I won’t tell you / But if you only knew.” Keep your ears peeled for the awesome moment at 1:40 when her voice briefly rises to a shout.

MP3: “Words and Smiles”
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