Teesside duo, Mouses, have been a significant part of the North East music scene for a while now. The punk rockers’ lo-fi sound vividly sets Mouses apart from any other North East artist, with frontman Ste Bardgett’s vocals recognisable by anyone that’s ever had the tiniest ounce of interest in the local music scene.
2016 saw the release of ‘The Mouses Album’: Mouses’ debut album that boasts 10 tracks packed with fuzzy guitar and unstoppable energy. It includes fan-favourite singles ‘Poison’, ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Green’, and successfully stores all the power of a Mouses gig into an album.
The band are to headline The Green Room this year at Stockton Calling which is set to be another unmissable local event that’ll boast a variety of talented artists (and it’s now sold out).
This year won’t be the first time the band have played the festival, as they’ve had the honour of playing every year since becoming a band. When I spoke to them about what their favourite thing about playing it is they explained: “It’s absolutely our favourite local festival. The line-up is always amazing, it always sells out and it’s always such a good day.
“Whenever we play a hometown show it’s always special but there’s just something about Stockton Calling. It’s a big deal to local music fans and everyone always looks forward to it. Venues are packed out from the very start and everyone just wants to have a good time. It’s lovely.”
Stockton Calling is known to have hosted some of the best talent the UK has to offer, with previous lineups including the likes of Blossoms, Little Comets, The Pigeon Detectives and Superfood.
When asked about how the band feel about headlining The Green Room, the response was one of pure buzz: “We’re super excited! It’s an absolute honour to be headlining the NARC stage and at one of our favourite local venues.
“We sold out our EP launch there – the very first show we ever put on ourselves – three years ago! It’s always held a special place in our hearts since then so it will be absolutely awesome to be back!”
“The last two years we’ve played Ku Bar and The Georgian Theatre and they were both insanely good, but we’re looking forward to making it a cosy one this year.”
In April 2017, Mouses went international on a European tour that included gigs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. In the same year, the band frequently took to the road, playing shows up and down the country, even hosting their own festival: Mousetival.
Speaking about playing local festivals, the band said: “We love it. We don’t play locally too often anymore so it’s always really special when we do, but there’s just something about festivals that brings everyone together. It’s a totally different feeling to playing any other gig. I think they’re super important.
“From a band’s perspective, festivals are totally different to your average show; there are always the die-hard local music fans (which it’s always ace to see) but there’s also a lot of people that go to Stockton Calling that wouldn’t usually go to a local show, so there’s loads of opportunity to get new fans and meet new people.”
“From a local area point of view, there’s a massive amount of pride that comes with events like this. It’s like a way to put Stockton on the musical map and show everyone what the area can do. It’s something we can all be proud of and really get behind every year. It’s the same for every local festival around the country!”
Tickets for Stockton Calling are available at stocktoncalling.co.uk (at the time of writing) at the price of £22.00 in advance and £25.00 on the day.