Mouse:1, Tiger:0

Around the beginning of this year my friend Jens, a very gifted professional jazz drummer, confided in me a deep, dark secret: he was a closeted singer-songwriter. And he wanted to form a group to play his songs. I told him I’d be interested in helping him out, but I wasn’t sure if, by “singer-songwriter,” he meant that he wrote “singer-songwritery”-sounding songs. And by that, I mean the sound of a really annoying college frat/sorority dude/chick sitting on a stool strumming an acoustic guitar, spewing out cliche after horrible cliche of bland mall music. Luckily, I found out that by singer-songwriter he simply meant that he wrote songs and sang them. Who would have thought?

In fact, his songs we nothing of the aforementioned sort, but rather influenced by Radiohead, Portishead, and the Bad Plus, to name a few. His roomate Justin, an ex-Saxophonist-turned-electronic musician supplied atmospheric Sonic Youth-esque guitar sounds and beats via laptop. Our friend Mike Gam played upright and electric bass, and I rounded out the group by playing drums, playing my MPC500 sampler, and manipulating Jens’ vocals with my Korg KAOSS Pad.

After a few haphazard shows it dawned on us that we were, indeed, a band. Justin started writing songs for the band too. It soon became clear we needed to make a recording, so Jen’s friend Barak brought over his live rig and recorded us in Jens’ apartment. I co-produced and mixed the recording along with Justin, and Justin mastered it. The record is a 5-song EP entitled “Music is the Weapon of the Children,” and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. We put a lot of work into it and did everything totally grass-roots style on our own. Oh, and it’s a FREE DOWNLOAD here. That’s right, it will cost you nothing, so give it a listen and spread the word.

Mouse Kills Tiger is playing tonight (Wed September 24, 9pm) at Tangier (no cover!).
2138 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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