Spirit & Dust, Travel Songs
2639 Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA, 19130
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Mice Parade was originally the solo project of New Yorker Adam Pierce, who has also played in Swirlies, The Dylan Group, HiM, múm, and Philistines Jr.
From its outset, Mice Parade showed a boldly inventive, highly individual take on post-rock / electronica. Following 1998's Bubble Core album, 'The True Meaning Of BoddleyBaye', their first FatCat album, 'Ramda' ('99), forged a distinctive, immersive audio space of piled-up percussion and atmospheric, hook-laden melodics.
2001 saw the release of a third album, 'Mokoondi', which marked a shift in the Mice Parade sound, including the increased influence of Eastern harmonics and African beats, and the formation of a proper band of musicians. What started out as a studio project has since developed into a full touring band, based around a two-drumkit rhythm section, with HiM's Doug Scharin on the other kit. Also in accompaniment are vibes, violin, classical guitar, rhodes piano and old synths, and a variety of acoustic / world instruments, forging Mice Parade into a seriously talented, energetic live unit.
'Focus On The Rollercoaster' was released in December 2003, followed sharply by the LP, 'Obrigado Suadade', the following month. This album, Mice Parade's third for FatCat, saw the band moving into poppier, more accessible terrain, with Pierce introducing full vocals for the first time, including contributions on several tracks by Kristin from múm. The subsequent LP, 'Bem-Vinda Vontade' expanded this theme, albeit with more sonic emphasis on FX driven indie-rock guitars.
Featuring guest vocals from Letitia Sadier and Kristin Valtisdóttir, Mice Parade's most recent eponymously titled offering, released in June 2007, could be seen as a refined take on the ground made over the previous two, merging folk-tinged electronica with the 'Loveless' era swoon of My Bloody Valentine, the rhythmic subtlety of Can, and the opaque melodic experiments of Brian Eno. Yet as ever, Mice Parade's sound is essentially modern, informed by an esoteric palette, retaining a familiar acoustic presence via an uncliched take on folk/world influences.
Mice Parade are set to release a new album - the frolicking, giddy-paced 'What It Means To Be Left-Handed' - in September 2010 followed by an extensive tour of the UK and Europe.
Spirit & Dust
Spirit and Dust are intrepid tourers of the 50 states, a hardy band of minstrels that conquer boredom in audiences with a musical outreach that could very easily be just the thing that the Obama team needs to get America in shape: it's a musical stimulus plan! This all may sound like hyperbole. However, when you consider that the leader of the band, Kristen Sylvester, is only 20, and has the "old sorrow" in her voic...e of the most traveled box-car crooner, you get an injection of hope that her band's kind of earnestness in songwriting is what will carry Philadelphia into its own, alongside Nashville, Seattle, etc..."..
Folk / Indie pop project. Travel Songs' music has been recorded in various locations world wide.
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