Mouse Eat Mouse

Mouse Eat Mouse

BandSpoken WordPunk

Poetry and Punk the perfect combination! Poetic ranting in the ancient 'Scots' language over a punk/folk accompaniment. If Robert Burns was a wrestler today this is what music he would enter the ring to!

Biography

Mouse Eat Mouse formed in 2001.

Actor and poet Andrew Slimon performed as solo scots spoken word support to Henry Rollins at Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre, as C D Shade, in 2000. He was asked to support Henry Rollins again the following year and asked ex-The Hardy Boys singer John White to play guitar for him. They began to play some shows in Scotland and met ex-Wiseacres guitar player John White at a show in The 13th Note; unperturbed by having the same name, the two Johns began writing with Andrew and recorded three songs, Hush Nou , Cubismo and States Will Never Wither, with Trashcan Sinatras producer Larry Primrose.

Mouse Eat Mouse were offered a deal with Oxford’s Shifty Disco and the one off CD single Hush Nou was released to quiet critical acclaim. Mouse Eat Mouse played shows all over Scotland for the next few years, using various drummers and other friends to complete a constantly-changing line up.

The band spent the next two years rehearsing, writing and discarding forty two songs. They spent part of 2003 working with Govan-based hip hop crew Steg G and The Freestyle Mixmaster and various other collaborators but were unhappy with the results. They then did nothing for a year apart from gardening.
Buoyed, however, by being placed in The List’s 50 best new bands list, the original three piece agreed to play a rare gig for promoters Baby Tiger in Edinburgh in late 2004. The original three piece band met ex-The Hardy Boys cellist Kate Baker and one-time H20 saxophonist Colin Gavigan at the show and asked both to join on the spot . In July 2005, drummer Stuart Nelson was recruited and the band began working on a set of new songs.

Over the next ten months, Mouse Eat Mouse wrote and rehearsed enough songs for their debut LP and the new full-band version of The Mice began to play all over Scotland. With their live reputation beginning to grow and word spreading about their folk-indie-jazz-scots-poetry combination, Mouse Eat Mouse signed a deal with English label Hackpen Records and recorded their debut LP MAIR LICHT at Glasgow’s Maybank Studios.

In 2006, Mouse Eat Mouse played shows all over Scotland and were selected to play at the Tartan Heart Festival in Inverness. They began their collaboration with Perth-based artist Kyra Clegg and Edinburgh-based artist Jim McBride. Kyra Clegg filmed two videos with C D Shade ( the video for La Lee La / Iron Mountain was used as part of an installation at Dundee Centre for Contemporary Arts ) and Jim McBride designed the LP’s cover.

In October 2006, the LP was finally released to critical acclaim, by early 2007 the band had sold over 1200 copies cementing their individuality and wide appeal.

2007 has seen the band go from strength to strength and has seen them selected to play on the PRS New Music Stage at The Edinburgh Fringe Sunday event. This is an event which attracted a crowd of 250,000.

Lyrics

Mair Licht

Written By: Andrew Slimon/ John White

Gif ye live in a damp house,
A cowp or a derri
Ilumme yower life
An gie Goethe a swatch.
I askit my Daa
"Gurta?"
Awaa an ask yower Maa.
Aawise wear clean breeks
In case ye gets run ower
Byes a car

Gif ye live in a damp house
A cowp or a derri
Ilumme yower life
An gie Goethe a swatch.
I phoned my councillor
Whae efter a pause
Said his expertise
Wis mair in the sanitary clause.

Gif ye live in a damp house
A cowp or a derri
Ilumme yower life
An gie Goethe a swatch.
The doctor wis fraucht
But gied us eident attent
Fir Goethe thar's nae medical cure,
But here's a jag
Tae fend aff yower flu

Gif ye live in a damp house
A cowp or a derri
Ilumme yower life
An gie Goethe a swatch.
My auld teacher
Sent us tae the library
Tae get the big mans print
but I forgot my specs,
an it ainerlie made us squint

Gif ye live in a damp house
A cowp or a derri
Ilumme yower life
An gie Goethe a swatch.
Well, on his daith bed
Goethe's last words wur
Licht, gie us mair licht!

Aye and Ay

Written By: Andrew Slimon/John White

Thae supportit CND, Ay an Aye unilaterally
Thae wir the anti nuclear girls and boys,

Thae supportit CND, Ay an Aye unilaterally.
Thae joined the pairty, thae paid their dues
An thro the ranks rose like the chosen few

Thae supportit CND, Ay an Aye unilaterally
Thae sclimed ambitions scliddery pole,
Thae had supportit CND, Ay an Aye unilaterally.

Then heids o NATO, an heids o war,
Killin kids 2nd haun, fancy dancin, cunning feats,
Thae had yaised CND, Ay and Aye quite lierally.

Whit mindsets kin morally flit fae CND,
NATO, an then the Iraqi bluidy wars,
Thae supportit W.M.D, Ay an Aye quite cynically
...Ay and Aye quite cynically.

Red and Black

Written By: Andrew Slimon/John White

Ye Scance yower an anarchist
an anarchist
wearing red an black

Testosterone havoc
hurlin brickbats
Oestrogen soss
punk's no anarchy
leather pelvis poutit chaos
afore they rhinestaned his h'erse

Ye Scance yower an anarchist
an anarchist
wearing red an black

Whan chaos reigns
oxymoronic spundits scrawl
an-archy in the streets
"archon" is greek for ruler
"an" wi out
wi out rulers
wi out despots
wi out thon source
o social mischief
hierarchical pacts

Ye Scance yower an autocrat
an autocrat
wi yower boots an jacks
demos demos demos
cry the fancy dancers
kickenbacks are politic
in the 'cratic state o corruption
dictatorship elect
broun envelopes rule
sir rich is honoured fir his greed
ms poor surchargit in her want
athenian demos biggit
on the stumps o slavery

Ye Scance yower an democrat
a democrat
wi yower anaesthetic tact
Rulers rule
leaders lead
natural leaders emerge
dae their stent
then faa back in wi the rank
nae permanency
nae time tae ferment corruption
insteid natural processes
gie aabodie pairtisay
thon's philosophic anarchy

Ye Scance yower an anarchist
an anarchist
wearing red an black
It's no about bombs
the syndicalists cry
we're slow burnin fuses o calm
tae pacify whan chaos reigns
an oxymoronic pundits scrawl
anarchy in the streets
wankish in a hankish
pages o sin that fee
privy schuiles an ither sic
midden cless flumgummery

Ye Scance yower an anarchist
an anarchist
wearing red an black
A designer label
is nae mair'n
a fascist statement
ye kin biggit
yower ain life style
whiles gien aabody else
the hail jing-bang o respect
or is thon ower sophistiket
anarcho cccynicism

Ye Scance yower an anarchist
an anarchist
wearing red an black
Ye Scance yower an anarchist
an anarchist
hurlin brickbats

Discography

Hush Nou -

Mair Licht - Debut Album released through Hackpen Records Nov 2006 available at www.hackpenrecords.com

Set List

A typical set is 45 minutes in length and will comprise 6 or 7 tracks from the debut album chosen from the following;

1) Mouse Eat Mouse World
2) Aye and Ay
3) Cubismo
4) Hush Nou
5) Mair Licht
6) Tuim Tattie
7) Gif I was
8) Red and Black
9) La Le La - Iron Mountain
10) Psss0t