Mice in Cars
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Mice in Cars

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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"Mice in Cars - The Chaos and the Beauty"

Wherein we talk about words, sounds and electric shocks.

- The Silver Tongue


"STREAM: Mice in Cars – “They Named the Dog Indiana”"

If you’re getting just a little sick and tired of all the airy lo-fi garage pop rock psychedelicness streaming out of the Atlanta airwaves these days, and are yearning for something with more power and backbone, Mice in Cars might just be your ticket. Heavy on ’90s era post-grunge guitars, the Atlanta trio craft surprisingly versatile alt-rock that swings effortlessly from bruising riffs to well-textured Hum-esque space rock. Their latest EP, and third studio cut overall, Burn the Reader, was recently released on the group’s Bandcamp page where it can be downloaded for a measly $3. That’s money well spent, folks. - Latest Disgrace


"Mice in Cars"

Mice In Cars formed in Atlanta in May 2007. The post-punk indie band claims influences that range from The Pixies to Fugazi, to more experimental, psychedelic bands like Sigur Ros. The band’s debut self-titled EP shows these varied influences.

The songs on the EP swing dramatically from times of pounding guitar and drums, to haunting trance-inducing melodies. “Swallow My Tongue,” the first track on the EP, begins with the droning of distorted guitar that builds to singer Myke John’s gravel toned, half-sung, half-yelled vocals in the style of Nirvana or Sonic Youth. A driving, powerful drum and bass part propel the song. Mice In Cars does a good job layering the meandering, sometimes chaotic, guitar riffs on top of the driving-rock backbone.

The end result of “Swallow My Tongue” is a song that finds the middle ground between hugely experimental and heavy post-punk rock. This formula is one that the band uses with success throughout the EP, including the second song “An interstate can be an eloquent statement of political boundaries.”

At other times on the EP, Mice In Cars switches from the meandering, droning guitar riffs to more developed ones. These riffs draw similarities to the ones used by bands like The Pixies and Sunny Day Real Estate. The opening riffs on the EP’s third song, “Six Months On Mir,” show this comparison the most clear.

“Viva Big Ass” is the most interesting and diverse song on the EP. The song begins with a punchy, rapid-fire introduction on guitar and drums. Later, this introduction gives way to a slow, melancholy verse, but before you can get too bored with it Mice In Cars brings back the punchy riffs of the introduction. Throw a guitar solo in before a return to the experimental chaos and you have a song that demonstrates all the facets of Mice In Cars.

Mice In Cars debut EP is a strong release. While it’s not perfect (the EP is unmastered), it still shows a great sound that should be interesting to hear as the band grows. (Self-released)
- Southest Performer Magazine - Chris Homer


Discography

Mice in Cars EP (self-released 2007)
Live at the EARL (self-released May 2008)
53 Bicycles & a Dead Man EP (self-released May 2009)
Burn the Reader (self-released May 2011)

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In late May of 2007, four men began rehearsing in a nameless band, bouncing ideas, noise and beer bottles around the room. By the end of the first night, there was a song. By the end of June, there were four more. And a name.

Taking cues from a myriad of influences including Shellac, Mogwai, …Trail of Dead and the Pixies (of course), Mice in Cars creates a pummeling sonic attack of brute force, melody and humor both joyous and sinister.

Through many bloody, ear-ringing tribulations have we whittled ourselves down to the trio we are now. Years worth of playing seedy dives has proven Mice in Cars to be a gleefully rambunctious live act who pine for the days when neither band nor audience ever stood still.

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Live videos! http://youtube.com/maaik