Country Mice – Twister [Album Review]

by Woody on June 9, 2011

It’s always refreshing to hear a band from Brooklyn that actually likes to play some good ol’ rock and roll. I’m at the point where I see “Brooklyn” next to a band name and I immediately lower my expectations. I know its unfounded, but my perception is that every email submission we get from a Brooklyn band is an experimental concoction of lo-fi bedroom dream pop created on a Powerbook.

But the moniker Country Mice gave me hope. A little country twang coming from Brooklyn? As I found my way to their myspace page (yes, I am the guy who still goes there) I was hoping that this wasn’t some ironic name for a laptop punching hipster. Thankfully it wasn’t. The four-piece incorporate their Midwestern roots with 90’s style distorted guitar. It’s easy to hear shades of Crazy Horse, but I am also reminded of the punk-country band, Trainwreck Riders.

“Clover” is the tune that struck that reference to the Trainwreck Riders. It has a churning rhythm section that moves the tune forward as the guitars wander in and out. Guitarists Rueger and Ben Billington create sweet tones on this track.

“Morning Son” is an ambler true to lead singer’s Rueger’s small town roots. At about 2:05, spastic wails of distorted guitar peek out their head, but never full erupt, while the rhythm section of Mike Feldman and Kurt Kuehn plow ahead. The song slowly eases back into the more traditional country twang.

This is an excellent debut from our Midwestern transplants. Twister is out now on Wao Wao Records, an off-shoot of Kanine Records. They show plenty of promise and creativity. These guys are on my must-see list when they roll through town. For fuck’s sake, the dude plays his guitar with a cymbal (see video).

Country Mice – Festival

Country Mice – Morning Son

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Pablohoney June 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I saw them open for Snowmine and Dirty Gold a few months ago. They were pretty damn good. Here’s a video I took:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-asws6WyQ

Shirk June 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Anyone hear the resemblance between the guitar lines in “Festival”and “Fluffhead”.

Oz June 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm

How did you make it through the review without mentioning vocal comparisons to Jack White? Very solid album.

Oz June 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm

And good call Shirk. Wow.

Michael D. August 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I saw these guys last October in a little bar in downtown Tulsa. Just wandered in after seeing the Richard Thompson Band play a spectacular show at Cain’s Ballroom. And my bros and I were real, real impressed with the little band on the stage that was no stage at all, just a little corner of the floor in front of the window. They really rocked. We had to get up and dance. Afterward they told us their name was We Are Country Mice. From Brooklyn. I guess they now go by simply Country Mice. Good to see them get some notice. I’ll go snag their album on eMusic.

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