Auckland seven-piece collaboration Mice On Stilts traverse genre distinctions to create their own brand of unique sound - described by one reviewer as “a sombre, subtle and slow-to-grow opus that virtually exudes a cinematic aura others of their kind often only allude to.”
Enthusiastic fans and critics have likened the band to Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Kayo Dot, Steven Wilson and King Crimson. Their 2013 debut EP, An Ocean Held Me, was founded on ideas of darkness, empathy and catharsis. These themes extend into their new album, Hope For A Mourning, which capitalises on the diverse range of instruments mastered by the seven skilled musicians.
Mice On Stilts formed predominantly through chance encounters on buses, at parties and at open mic events. Together, Benjamin Morley and guitarist Tim Burrows began recording a series of songs that attempted to make sense of complex emotional landscapes. After an overwhelmingly positive response, the band grew from strength to strength – both in size and in its ability to articulate facets of grief and hope that Benjamin Morley sought to explain.
Mice On Stilts have been lauded for their technical skill and stirring presence as a live band. In November 2014 they impressed the crowds when they opened for iconic rock band Yes at the Aotea Centre.
MOS collaborated with local artists, photographers, writers and designers to create an art book to accompany their latest release, the contents within a direct response to the engaging lyrics and emotional scope of Hope For a Mourning.
Band Members: Guy Harrison – Trumpet/Piano, Tim Burrows – Bass/Vocal effects, Rob Sanders – Drums, Charlie Isdale - Saxaphone/Violin
Sam Loveridge - Violin/Guitars, Benjamin Morley – Guitars/Vocal
Praise for Hope For A Mourning:
“…the music billows past on clouds of austere beauty, a widescreen vista of shades of sadness that make the album a compelling mood-piece”. **** - Gary Steel, Metro Magazine
“They...have the skill to weave jazz and classical arrangements around genre staple influences such as Radiohead and Pink Floyd to create and atmospheric tour de force” **** - James Belfield, NZ Listener
“...if you aren’t in the film game, then let Mice On Stilts give you images to contemplate. Recommended.” - Graham Reid, Elsewhere
Listen to their music here -