Kiss the Tiger pounced onto the Twin Cities’ music scene in late-2016 and have been making big waves ever since. Inspired by the sounds and energy of The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, and Patti Smith, Kiss the Tiger has breathed new life into 21st century rock and roll. In February of 2017, Kiss the Tiger were the runner-up in Star Tribune’s ‘Are You Local?’ Best New Band competition. Shortly after they recorded their EP, Elliot Park, which was released in November of 2017. The music video for “Starting to See You” off of Elliot Park was named one of Minnesota’s Best Music Videos of 2018 by 89.3 The Current.
In 2019, Kiss the Tiger released their sophomore album, Let Me Bleed. They were recognized that year as a “Picked to Click” band by City Pages, an end-of-year round-up of the best local bands voted on by their peers. That same year they headlined the Star Tribune stage at the Basilica Block Party, the largest outdoor musical festival in Minneapolis drawing around 25,000 attendees. The Current included their music video for “Bad Boy” off of Let Me Bleed in their Best Minnesota Music Videos of 2019.
Kiss the Tiger has opened for notable acts such as The Suburbs, Ike Reilly, Jackie Venson, and Black Joe Lewis. They were slated to open for Golden Smog and Tina and the B-Sides on the main stage at First Avenue’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Their third full-length release, Vicious Kid, is due out June 3, 2021.