With a sound rooted firmly in 90s acts like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, the Breeders and Sonic Youth, Field Mouse is a very easy band for me to like. Apparently the L Magazine agreed, listing the band as one of the “8 Bands You Need to Hear” recently, which was also the organizing theme for this daytime Northside Festival showcase at lovely little Spike Hill. Singer-guitarist Rachel Browne is an engaging frontwoman, with sweetly-scarred vocals and a great gift for awkward-but-hilarious stage banter (her reaction to an audience member who bizarrely tried to compliment her by calling her a “black hole” is a priceless moment). Co-songwriter and fellow guitarist Andrew Futral, along with bassist (and band recording engineer) Danielle DePalma and Geoff Lewitt, create a blissed-out sea of noise for Browne’s vocals, as on songs like “You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom” (which was the band’s first 7″) and “How Do You Know”. The band just funded their first release, You Are Here via a Kickstarter campaign, and we hope to see the record out there on shelves and in digital-land soon.
I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 microphones and a soundboard feed from the Spike Hill engineer. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!
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Stream “How Do You Know”
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Schoeps MK5 (cardiod, slightly LOC, PAS)>KC5>CMC6>Sound Devices USBPre2 + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (mixdown)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, tape effects)>Audacity (set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC (level 8 )
01 You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom
06 How Do You Know
07 Awful Year
10 Everyone But You