They’re doing it again! This month, Stockton’s celebrated The Georgian Theatre plays host, for the second year running, to Mousetival – a celebration of local music curated by Mouses, a lo-fi garage punk duo from Billingham renowned for their raw and energetic live performances.
Mouses formed in early 2014 and have since built an ever-growing reputation for their unique sound, combining surrealist lyrics and playful melodies in a whirlpool of fuzzed-out frenetic punk rock. We previously described Mouses’ enigmatic performances as: “powerful enough to change the perceptions of what is possible from a live performance.”
Leeds’ DIY self-described “weird party music” legends Cowtown feature on the 2018 Mousetival bill and Mouses are delighted to welcome them: “We absolutely love them, and you will too.” For fans of groovy garage-rock, Derby-sprung quartet Pet Crow, who has shared the stage with Mouses in Nottingham, are set to bring their riot-grrl, pop, and surf influences to the stage of The Georgian Theatre later this month.
Durham DIY punks Ghost Guilt is lyrically driven by important social issues including speaking out about mental health: “We were at the very first couple of Ghost Guilt shows and it’s been so amazing to see them turn into the absolutely brilliant band that they are. It’s an honour to have them play,” said Mouses.
Named after a failed experiment to teach an ape to talk, NimChimpsky has thus far lived up to their namesake, producing an angry, noisy whirlwind of acerbic feminist pop you can dance to: “It was love at first sight when we met them last year in Sheffield. They brought us down to Coventry for their EP launch in February and we’re delighted to host the reunion in Stockton this August,” stated Mouses.
Long-time friends of Mouses and DIY slacker-punks, Slurs, has a ridiculously good ear for a melody. Their politically-aware pop songs feature dark undertones. Listen to the track ‘Mockery’ as recommended by the hosts themselves.
Newcastle’s Swine Tax is set to bring their idiosyncratic quirky indie-rock to Stockton this month and Mouses spoke of their fellow North Easterners: “They could literally do anything and it would still sound like Swine Tax – and we love that.”
Swaying between delicate intimacy and full-on fuzzy lo-fi goodness, Dressed Like Wolves is the inimitable project of Teesside DIY superstar, Rick Dobbing – be sure to check them out.
DIY indie-punk outfit Milk Crimes are set to bring their quirky punk-pop tunes to Mousetival 2018 and Mouses are big fans of the Leeds-based quartet: “They craft amazing quirky songs about all the best things and are truly lovely people.”
Get down early and catch the enigmatic DIY shouty pop-punk duo, The Noise and the Naive, known to Mouses as: “The hardest working band we know – they’re going to be bloody huge.”
Speaking to the band directly, they told me of their immense anticipation for their festival later this month: “We’re insanely excited for Mousetival. Having the opportunity to put on our own festival with loads of our favourite bands in our favourite local venue means so much to us. We loved last year more than we ever could’ve imagined, and we’re determined to make this year’s festival even bigger and better! All the bands are awesome, there’ll be Mouses-themed festival food, good vibes all around and another limited-edition tee.”
Mousetival 2018 takes place at The Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Saturday 11th August with doors opening at 14:00. Early bird tickets have completely sold out, however, you can grab standard advance tickets online for just £6.00 per person from georgiantheatre.co.uk or by visiting the official Mouses website at mousestheband.com. Tickets are also available to purchase on the door for just £8.00 per person.