Artist of the day: Mouse Fire
The band name Mouse Fire comes from a news story that reads like a modern-day parable on animal kindness and karmic retribution. In 2006, 81-year-old Luciano Mares threw a rodent onto a pile of burning leaves in his back yard in New Mexico. The mouse ran into the house, which quickly burnt down.
Also that year, the guys in Mouse Fire — a good deal luckier than the ill-fated critter — began a good run in the burgeoning Lakeland scene along with Dark Romantics and Copeland, sporting catchy, intricate tunes that push the envelope more deftly than a speedy postal worker.
Mouse Fire has gotten regional and national exposure, and this summer the trio has put out an impressive new CD, Big Emotion, that merits heavy blog play. Contributing to the effort, mixer Jeremy Griffith (Moments in Grace) and mastering was done by T.W. Walsh (Pedro the Lion, Headlights).
Since releasing their last last CD, Wooden Teeth, the band has gone through some major changes. Stylistically, they’ve gone in a dancier direction with the new release, and the likeable and talented singer Joey Bruce has left the fold, but his departure hasn’t left a void. The band since has evolved from a quirky pop act to lush and ambitious tour de force, with synthy flourishes and dynamic beats.
Lead guitarist and vocalist Shane Schuch has taken over the lead duties with seamless success, and bassist Justin Cason and drummer Aaron Venrick have continued the band’s knack for culling the most timeless conventions of classic pop and wrapping them up in shiny and interesting new packages.
Join in the celebration of Mouse Fire’s new album and maybe pick up a copy at their CD release party at 8 p.m. Friday at Crowbar in Ybor City. Also playing: Beauvilles, Clock Hands Strangle and Wilbur. Admission is $8. Click here for the details.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*