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Teesside duo Mouses have exploded onto the North East scene in the last twelve months, with a debut EP which perfectly blended trouser-loosening noise with bubblegum pop, and dozens of great gigs. They’re all set to release their second EP, which as guitarist Steven Bardgett informs us, marks a distinct level of progress from its predecessor. “It’s quite a bit darker in theme than the first one and we wanted to accentuate that with the artwork being darker than the first one too. We recorded it a bit differently to the first one too, to try and get more of a live sound to it. We played these tracks a lot more live before recording them compared to when we recorded the first EP.”

It feels like the region has very quickly taken Mouses to their hearts, which, according to drummer Nathan Duff, they weren’t quite expecting. “It’s been very surreal. Neither of us have really been in a serious band before so even recording, doing videos and interviews is all new to us – this past year has been a massive learning experience for us. I remember being ridiculously excited at our first radio play on Bob Fischer’s BBC Introducing show and recording it on my phone because I was that shocked. In that sense I’m super happy with how things have been going as it’s already gone much further than we thought it would.”

Both EPs have been self-recorded, something which Steven feels has worked to their advantage. “I think when you abandon the ideas of mainstream production, you can truly make something that sounds different and original – it helps create a more distinctive sonic identity.” Their approach has helped them become a fixture in the local DIY community, which, as Nathan reveals, is something they’re particularly pleased about. “We really love what DIY bands in the North East are doing, I find it very ballsy and original and the work ethic of the some of the bands we’ve played with is incredible.”

when you abandon the ideas of mainstream production, you can truly make something that sounds different and original – it helps create a more distinctive sonic identity”

“We are always on the look-out for other local DIY artists to set up gigs with and help promote their own work.” Steven adds “We’re loving Dressed Like Wolves’ recent album – it sounds amazing! We’ve asked them to play the EP launch we’ve set up for this release, we can’t wait!”

With the release of the new record, 2015 looks like it could be a pretty big year in Mouses’ world, although Nathan’s staying coy on their plans for world domination. “We’re definitely eager to release more material this year as we’ve been working on quite a lot of new songs. There’s also some pretty cool gig announcements coming soon! There’s some big discussions going on behind the scenes at the moment too which we can’t say too much on for now I’m afraid, but we’re excited to see how they turn out!”

Mouses release their new EP on 9th March. They play The Green Room, Stockton on Saturday 7th March with Dressed Like Wolves, Casual Threats and James Kruman.

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