Mice Parade – “In Between Times” (Stereogum Premiere)
It’s been a longtime since we’ve heard from Mice Parade: The last post we have on them is a 2007 Quit Your Day Job interview I did with founder/main man Adam Pierce. The continually shifting crew has a new album out in September, the first since 2007’s Mice Parade. It’s called What It Means To Be Left-Handed (as a lefty, I understand what it means). This new track “In Between Times” features Temporary Residence artist Caroline Lufkin on vocals. The group’s fleshed out by the multi-instrumental Pierce (of course) as well as classical guitarist Dan Lippel and awesome old-school post-rock drummer Doug Scharin (Codeine, HiM, Rex, Enablers), aka he who always looks like he’s playing in slow motion. Across the record there are various guests — Swahili vocalist Somi, Gregory & The Hawk’s Meredith Godreau, etc. — but on this one pay more attention to the instruments themselves, a joyful mesh of guitar, mandolin, drums, various hand claps and voices.
What It Means To Be Left-Handed is out 9/14 via FatCat. In addition to its originals, the collection includes covers of the Lemonheads’ “Mallo Cup” and Tom Brosseau’s “Mary Anne.” The band’s touring this fall.
[Fuzzy photo by Adam Pearce]