Jason Rueger: Guitar/Vocals
Ben Bullington: Guitar
Mike Feldman: Bass
Kurt Kuehn: Drums
-2011 album Twister rated 8/10 by Spin
“Country Mice layer reverb-heavy guitars over Rueger’s plaintive vocals and enough finger-picking to show they know what they’re doing; the result is close to perfect””- Filter
As “small town transplants”, Country Mice offer a raw musical juxtaposition of their provenance and present location, eloquently defined by Spin as, “…country living that knows how to move.” Haling from a Midwestern town in the heart of the plains called Beattie, Kansas, front-man Jason Rueger planted and fostered his roots in a rustic lifestyle before branching out to the contemporary metropolis that is Brooklyn, New York. Here, the boys assembled, combining their natural state of rural Americana in front of an urban backdrop to produce slow, gritty guitar riffs spangled with country twang. Rueger’s vocals range from the sensitive howl of Neil Young to the trippy banter of MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, adding a taste of psychedelia to the western instrumentals. Fans of Wilco will appreciate the seamless blend of North American musical styles.
Country Mice released their first album, Twister, in 2011 on the label Wao Wao, Tracks like “Morning Son” and “Festival” demonstrate their token relaxed but upbeat rhythms, singed with sparkling cymbal crashes and high-pitched energetic guitar solos. NME calls Twister “the perfect soundtrack for a summer horse-ride”.
After spending over a year on tour, the band has finally finished recording a second full-length album, Hour Of The Wolf. They have been working with producer Doug Boehm, who has notably worked with bands such as The Whigs, Girls, and Dr. Dog. The album is due to be released February 19th, 2013 and the early buzz is already building.