Mittens on Strings
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Mittens on Strings

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The best kept secret in music


"Sunday, January 9th"

[Excerpt:] Dark-toned, deep-voiced, multi-instrumental free-for-alls, illuminated by periodic eruptions of hair-raising accidental harmonies. - Chicago Reader

"To the Slow Start"

Don't get worried when the song appears to stop about 2 minutes in. This is just a deception, or for the band to gather their thoughts and start again. I adore this song. I really like the Thom Yorke-like vocals over the loping banjo and quiet drones. It's a wonderful little piece of laze to fil out your Friday afternoon. The tiny, rolling hi hat in the background, and the plink of the mandolin all bring it together, as cymbals delicately crash. It's a beautiful song, and a hell of a way to end a record. - Music for Robots

"Album Review"

[Excerpt:] It's very Olympia, in the K Records way, but in a more organic, lustrous sense, probably because of the melody swells and the banjo, mandolin, cello and violin on top of all that normal indie rock stuff. The feeling is of a very dreamy, half-drunk Midwest in the way it can be when it's sunny in January. - INtake


2006 - Look Up the Sky!! (CD, Emperor Jones)
2005 - Pushing Buttons (7", Pickled Egg)
2002 - Gregg (CD-R, LRRC)
2001 - Pushing Buttons (CD-R, LRRC)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Mittens on Strings is a band from Kentuckiana (region along the Ohio River which is the border between Indiana and Kentucky). It began when some high school friends started learning to play instruments and immediately decided to have a band before they knew how to use these instruments properly. Then a couple "real" musicians were like, "hey this is pretty OK." So they joined too, and the Mittens were formed. People seem to want to join the band all the time, and somebody's friend or brother is always in, even if only for a short time.

Mittens on Strings is a collaborative effort where everyone writes the songs and nearly everyone sings. This is explained in detail in our band schematic (See Website).

The sound ends up being distinctive and varied. Smooth melodies erupt with a folky quality, and a drone is often hanging around that has a touch of darkness to it. Male and female vocals complement each other in a common Kentuckiania porch/mall type fashion.