"The Mice - Volume 1" (Site) One time I took some acid and my friend Larry eventually started to look like a cartoon mongoose. I could totally picture him picking off snakes like his Rikki Tikki Tavi brethren. But I don’t think The Mice would look like their namesake under the same circumstance. Based on this disc, they’d most likely be more akin to grinning, salivating spiders, and at least one of them would probably be wearing Buddy Holly glasses. These spiders, sorry, Mice have a nasty, frenzied, and often melodic sound, and the main vocalist sometimes sort of comes across as a hipster nerd (but in a good way). Lyrically, the band seems to have sin on their collective mind. (And speaking of having something on your mind, Larry [the mongoose] and I were driving down the Mass Pike once and listening to Loretta Lynn’s “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ [With Lovin’ On Your Mind].” A highway rest stop sign we passed while this track was playing made us think that if she would’ve changed it to “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ [With Fresh Fudge On Your Mind],” the song would’ve been even more intriguing). Anyhow, I like this disc. And while most of the songs rip along nicely and seem to generally call some fucker (or fuckette) on a host of offenses, I think my favorite out of the 9 tracks is “Sunny Day.” It’s a feverish proclamation of the hipster nerd’s love for his girl, and it has a cool, spidery (sorry, I’ll put the acid away, man) burst of lead guitar in the middle. They punctuate it with an unexpected burp, but they ain’t foolin’ me none. These creatures have heart, and that’s what ultimately makes Volume 1 worth checking out." –Ben Hunter
"On their debut (?) album, the Mice play fast indie punk that comes across as wannabe grunge. They did pay attention to the crafting of each song''s melody line. There is an aspect of blink circa Cheshire Cat buried inside some of the chords of "Life Crisis" and "Gotta Get Away." Each composition has vintage guitar riffs that propel upbeat punk with an indie flair. While each cut sounds a lot like mainstream pop-punk/indie groups, the disc lacks the playfulness that is linked to the genre. This is where the Mice''s feigned grunge persona comes into conflict with the rest of the group''s image. The band''s lyrics are pretentious -- verbose and simplistic. These lines from "Speak to Me" are as deep as the trio probes: "What you doin'' / yeah I don''t wanna understand / lots of feelings / I cannot comprehend / the things you do and what you say / about what you mean to me / please my dear / make me clear when you speak to me." The vocal range of frontman Rob Logic wavers between flat and monotone. His repetition of the line "you''re the one for me" 17 times in "Sunny Day" -- a song that endures for over two minutes -- is reason enough to lunge for the eject button. The Mice do have a distinctive way of approaching a song. The problem is that they strive for difference and create an unnatural sound that''s too forced to look past."
- our lovely hometown Reader
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