Country Mice are a Brooklyn-based rock band whose music fuses the twang-infused melodies of Neil Young and Jeff Tweedy with the guitar firepower of vintage indie rockers such as Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Country Mice were formed by Jason Rueger, who was born and raised in Beattie, Kansas, a small farming community with a population of roughly 300. While Beattie wasn't a haven for rock & roll, Rueger developed a serious interest in music as a youngster, and began playing guitar in his teens. Determined to make a career for himself as a musician, Rueger pulled up stakes and moved to Brooklyn, New York. While trying to make his way into the Brooklyn music scene, a friend introduced Rueger to Ben Bullington, a fellow guitarist who was also a Kansas transplant, and they began jamming together. While working a day job, Rueger met Kurt Kuehn, a drummer originally from Wisconsin, and he was recruited to join Rueger and Bullington's new band.
When a friend of Kuehn's described the three musicians as "country mice," the name stuck, and the new band became known as We Are Country Mice. The group became a quartet with the addition of bassist Mike Feldman, who wasn't a Midwesterner like the other members but did grow up in a small town in rural upstate New York. In 2009, We Are Country Mice released their first single, "Make Your Own Damn Fun," through the Brooklyn-based Lotion Records label, which received enthusiastic reviews and brisk sales. Toby Rascal and Hbear, two staffers at Brooklyn's Kanine Records, were impressed enough with We Are Country Mice's debut that the group's second single, "There's No Other," became the first release from Kanine's offshoot label Wao Wao Records. In 2010, the group streamlined its name to Country Mice, and in 2011, Wao Wao issued the band's first full-length album, Twister, which received plenty of positive reviews and was supported with extensive touring. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Formed in 2010, Bird Dog is a Brooklyn based outfit with a sound that draws on a wide set of roots influences from Aretha and Bobby D to S.E. Rogie, John Holt and The Louvin Brothers. Members of the band also play with the Avett Brothers, O'Death and Hospitality. The Dog's principle songwriter, Ben Chace is also a filmmaker, whose 2010 debut feature, Wah Do Dem won best narrative feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
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The band formed in the summer of 2005, in Woodstock NY, in a barn of an old mill turned into a Native American ceremonial center, blessed by Tibetan monks. The core of the band is Magnolia Santibanez (vocals/guitar/bass/keys), from Paris France and Mackenzie Miller Parker (drums/guitar/bass) from the Catskills. They have created music together and collaborated with other musicians they have encountered on their tours of the US and Europe. They have recorded 9 albums and can be heard on some radios stations as well as a few compilations from LA Record, Manimal Vinyl, and Winter Records.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, The Eggs sound both ethereal and playfully discordant -- their unique musicality owing just as much to influences like Battles and Radiohead as they do to Debussy, John Williams and Miles Davis. The Eggs' arrangements possess a narrative and cinematic quality that echoes throughout curiously unexpected chord changes, intricate rythmic textures, and melodic interplay between violin and vocals. Their fully mastered EP Patterns was released in October 2012.