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If you’ve ever seen Billingham garage punk duo Mouses live then you’d never think that they had any problems with confidence – drummer Nathan Duff smashes his drums with such ferocity that drumsticks will often go flying and equipment gets broken, while frontman Steven Bardgett is an unforgettable presence, throwing himself around and putting his all into each performance – but Steven’s performances mask a long-term battle with social anxiety. “It’s easy to hide behind something when you’re up there,” he says, “but I think people expect me to be like that off stage as well. Part of me wishes I could be but I’m not really.”

This difference in Steven’s on and off-stage personas is partially the inspiration behind their debut single, Poison. A three-minute blast of primal lo-fi rock, with an infectious hook and boundless energy in Steven’s punk rock wail, Poison tells the story of a bad experience with drugs when used to combat anxiety. While there’s definitely some cathartic truth behind the tale, Steven has added his usual dash of creative charm to the narrative. “Everything I write for us is not quite autobiographical and quite subtle. But it still feels like an outlet.” More than just a noisy whirlwind of squalling guitars and drums, Poison proves that Mouses are also adept at writing astute commentaries on some serious issues.

Mouses play Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough on Saturday 7th May and Evolution Emerging at The Cluny 2, Newcastle on Saturday 28th May. Poison is released on 6th May via Sister 9 Recordings.


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