Monday 12 September 2016


GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo / Math Rock / Ambient / Shoegaze / Experimental / Prog
Related artists?.
CountryNew York, New York USA
Years Active2014-2016
Song: "Godsmack You! Black Emperor"
Album: "Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse"
Year: 2016
For fans ofKidcrashSleepytime TrioThe Reptilian, Dowager, La Luna, North Of America, The Holy Shroud, Dream Caste, I Love Your Lifestyle, Desiderata, Despistado, This City Called Earth, Dakota/Dakota, Wolverines, Via Fondo, Stop It!!, Russian Circles, Hercules Hercules, The Exploration, Drummers, Native, Ahleuchatistas, The Advantage, The Rabbit Theory, Logs, Sweetheart, On The Might Of Princes, Ten Grand, The Vida Blue, Ice HockeyZoo Books and Birthday Boyz aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Self Released
This post's artist is from the June 2016 Mix. This is track #11.
You can download: the September 2016 Mix#9 right here or get the new October 2016 Mix#10 here.

In 2015 MOUSE FITZGERALD emailed their debut LP '100% Mouse', which consisted primarily of emo/math-rock and, "I liked it but didn't love it enough to post. Send me your future stuff." And they responded about a year later with, "We sent you our debut album and you said you liked it but didn't love it enough to post it, and that we should send our future stuff. Here's our future stuff." Well guess what? It is fucking exceptional. The nine-track wonder is about 40 minutes long and is advised to be listened to as one song. For review purposes, screw that.

The first three songs on 'Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse' are good but don't really showcase how awesome things are going to get, although they do progress and build. The drunken indie rock/emo on the first track, "Michael Cera Palin Comparison" is a decent enough time, followed by "Tropaholics Anonymous" which is an instrumental space jam. "DJ Khaled Sheikh Mohammed" follows and is a finger tapping good time that bears a strong resemblance to early Russian Circles material, which also means Dakota/Dakota is an apt comparison because just before 30 seconds the vocals chime in and are only partially screamed along with some very light, sunshine sounding noodling and chords which scream those two instrumental bands. "The Buildabear Group" is phenomenal and right off the bat is a dreamy, twinkly and screamy trip. The dual vocals and purely clean guitars slow down at one minute to inject some subdued singing (Sweetheart, anyone?) and atmospheric instrumentals that leap back into the night sky just before three minutes with those fucking killer semi-buried screams. By four minutes the song speeds up with some cool stop/start breakdowns over constant lightning drums. "Godsmack You! Black Emperor" is 8:31 of awesome post-rock, math-rock, post-hardcore and screamo. The opening clusterfuck is like The Reptilian but much heavier and shifts with little-to-no transition into a super catchy rock riff and yelled vocals. The mathy side of this lengthy piece of work is really interesting to listen to and simply a delight. From just past two minutes until the end of the song the light and airy post-rock/ambient screamo parts work really well as they rise and fall with sections of really catchy stuff jammed in there that sounds like a cohesive whole. "Deafheaven, CT" has the catchiest of all the vocals and are so beautifully placed that I have to sit down lest I get lightheaded and fall, with a final half that acts as a hammock made entirely of feathers that ensures you don't hit too hard. The last minute of the song has the chorus section again but they extract the clean vocals and substitute screamed ones instead, being quite possibly the only time in my life where I wanted the singing instead of screaming. "Egregious Philbin" is 4:20 of posty emo rock, "Unusual Circumcision Stances" begins like a sexy take on a Mogwai song and slowly morphs into City Of Caterpillar and "Hannibal Lecturer" closes the album in an anti-climactic way, but it's still a jazzy and jammy little ditty that is playful math rock.

Seriously, this band is fucking awesome. It's almost like the second coming of Sleepytime Trio mixed with jazzier Kidcrash moments with some North Of America thrown in for good measure. This year's album 'Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse' is certainly in line amongst my top 10 of 2016 and I'm not the only one. So yeah see you again January 1st, 2017 when I post my list, fellas. It is truly a shame the band is dead :(



2015 - 100% Mouse LP (stream/donate/download here)

2016 - Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse LP (stream/donate/download here)


(2016) MOUSE FITZGERALD - "The Buildabear Group" (from 'Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse')

(2016) MOUSE FITZGERALD - "Godsmack You! Black Emperor" (from 'Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse')

(2016) MOUSE FITZGERALD - "Deafheaven, CT" (from 'Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse')

(2016) MOUSE FITZGERALD - "DJ Khaled Sheikh Mohammed" (from 'Mouse Fitzgerald Presents: Living Like a Mouse')

(2015) MOUSE FITZGERALD - "Illuminati By Nature" (from '100% Mouse')


MOUSE FITZGERALD additional links


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