Check the New Ciggie Witch Video

Just a few weeks ago, we got the great new Ciggie Witch track up for you, ahead of the rest of our US counterparts, and now we’re at it again, bringing you the band’s new video for “Walking the Tracks.” This song is spliced up with bits from the class movie Twister (which is perfect for the weather in Texas right now). You’ll find this song on the band’s new album, Classic Connection, so enjoy watching the video, and grab the LP from Osborne Again Music on June 3rd.

Ciggie Witch – Walking The Tracks from Snowy Snowy on Vimeo.

Pleased to Meet You: Witching Waves

withcingwavesBefore this morning I had little to no knowledge of Witching Waves, but I’ve spent the better part of my morning scouring the Internet for information on the London trio. They’ve got a record of covers, a few singles and the Fear of Falling Down LP, which came out in 2014…making waves all the way across the sea. The band have just finished up recording a brand new album, signing on to work with HHBTM for the release of Crystal Cafe. Think of angular female-fronted punk/post-punk, along the lines of Grass Widow…with a slightly more pop-centric focus. Look for the album in early 2016, but while you’re waiting, enjoy this killer new track to round out your day. 

Show Preview: Country Mice @ Stubbs (7/22)

Date Friday, July 22nd
Location Stubbs
Doors 1100p
Tickets $10 from Frontgate

One of the groups who’ve really grown on me since I first got their album, Twister, is Country Mice.  They’re a Brooklyn band, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’ll sound like the majority of the stuff coming out of NYC.  They blend tiny elements of pop with pure Americana sounds, giving you some warmth to your listening experience.  They’ll be accompanied by Boy this Friday night over at Stubbs, and you can’t really go wrong with two great bands for $10.  Hopefully we see you there!

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Download: Country Mice – Morning Son [MP3]


Country Mice – Twister

Rating: ★★½ · ·

You don’t tend to think of Southern rock when you think of the musical influences of New York City, but that doesn’t seem to affect the kids in Country Mice.  They’ve been building a name for themselves slowly, and Twister has the band poised for bigger horizons.  It’s a little scattered here in there, in regards to over all sound, but don’t let that be a detractor, as there are really special moments inside.

When “Ghost” breaks into its stride to begin the record, those of you who’ve listened to the few singles from the band might be surprised to find a heavier version of what you remembered.  Sure, there’s those sprawling country effects, but it’s definitely a heavy-handed song.  “Festival” takes hold of the same theme, and if anything, it steps up the Southern rock repertoire even more.

Just as you thought you were getting a feeling for the band, they offer up what is easily one of the best songs on Twister, if not one of the best of the year.  The vocals of “Morning Son” seem distant, as if Justin Rueger recorded his vocals from the back of a barn.  Still, there’s this rolling movement to the song, guiding you along, as if following a trail through some wooded land.  And, this is the ground where Country Mice seem to be so comfortable.  “Rabbit on a Leash” follows a similar pattern, though you’ll find this number fueled with various guitars cutting back and forth across the background of the sound.  It’s the simple country approach, and in that, you’ll find joy and comfort for during your listening.

Despite its softer moments, Twister, definitely can’t escape the leaning towards alt-country and like-minded Americana outfits.  “Clover” is an example of a track that seems to wear the influence of My Morning Jacket.  It’s not quite a rocker, but it has the influence of bands that have come before Country Mice.  It’s a good song, but not one that is exceptional, which may weigh on the ears of the listener.  It leads right into a bit of a misstep for the band too, as “Worn Hearts,” a track that seems to venture too far into the pop-country medium for the liking of most.  But, they return with the very pleasant “Bullet of a Gun,” showing that they still have what it takes to win over any listener, crafting another joyous moment that culminates in a rise and fall melody.

So you come to the end of Twister, and my bet is that you’ve found several tracks that really stood out, whether you like your Southern rock or your more country-balanced pop.  That’s the good and the bad about Country Mice, at least up to this point in their career.  They seem to be walking the line between the two, and those two are vastly different, but that’s a decision we can expect to see the band make as they come more into their own.  Let’s label this effort a good starting point, with great moments, and hope there’s more to come in the near future.

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Download: Country Mice – Morning Son [MP3]

New Song from Country Mice

If you’re looking for something that seemingly fits the perfect seasonal change between Spring and Summer, then perhaps I’ve found the perfect track for you to toss up.  Country Mice are preparing to release their debut album, Twister, on June 7th via Wao Wao Records.  Listening to this latest track, it lives somewhere between casual country stomper and YHF-era Wilco.  Now, I don’t want to say they sound too much like the latter band, as they definitely have a much more clean country sound, especially when guitars aren’t knifing through everything. This is precisely the kind of music I love to listen to while those Spring showers try to save us from Texas heat.  Get into this now, you’ll be better off for it.

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Download: Country Mice – Morning Son [MP3]

New Track from Country Mice

As we approach the summer heat, I tend to have sort of a lull in my musical listening habits.  I tend to back away from the heavier/faster tracks, and indulge in those sort of songs that remind me of just sitting around in the backyard with a cold beverage and a bevy of friends.  Brookly band Country Mice  might have just given me a track to add to my collection of mid-season jams.  This single is prepped to get your aedy for the release of their album, Twister, which will hit stores on June 7th.  Singer Jason Rueger’s vocals soudn a lot more youthful, and less country, than the band’s name might lead one to belive. Give this track a nice couple of listens.

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Download: Country Mice – Festival [MP3]