The White Mice

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This article is about the noisecore band. For the Only Fools and Horses episode, see White Mice.
The White Mice
Origin Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Genres Noise
Noisegrind
Sludge metal
Years active 2001-present
Labels Load Records, Blossoming Noise
Members MOUSEaTONGUE
PHLEgMMY KILLMICESTER
Ol' DuRTY MOUSE TURD a.k.a. Big Baby Cheesus
Past members Anonymouse
AutomRATon
CHeddie
CoCHeese
Euronymouse
Euronynonymouse
Ganjameice
Maus Kinski
MoustRATdumbass
Swiss Miss a.k.a. The Virgin Scary
The Chesident
Verminator X
Vincent Mice

The White Mice are an abrasive, experimental, industrial, noise rock and noisegrind band from Providence, Rhode Island. They consist of vocals, drums, bass and electronics, but, live, often have a rotation of guest members playing guitars, electronica and custom, unidentifiable circuit-bent instruments.

History[edit]

Formed in late 2001, the band's first live performance, 10/31/01, took titular and visual inspiration from an old, open sewers era, British slang, for used tampons and tissue floating in a sewer. A slang still in use by plumbers today. They are known to use any level of humor, portmanteau terms and re-imagined puns thru out much of their work. (for example, they refer to their myspace as their "micespace") In time, developing their own unique slang language, boobonics, as they re-imagine post apocalyptic soundscapes where a primal rats eye view of some kind of twisted alternate mutant human history, and reality, prevails. The strong sense of irreverence, humor and creativity in all their work brings them a growing cult following as the band continues to play with the image and possibilities of the musical medium on record and continues to play and tour often.

Known for unforgettable live performances, they adorn bloody lab outfits and custom circuit-bent mouse masks, and create a harsh, furious sound, a mix of bass and drum heavy rhythms, thick with distortion and wound full of howling live electronic manipulation and blistering vocals.

"White Mice succeed where so many other performance based, noise oriented artists fail: the actually have great SONGS to back up their performances (and great performances they are, blood spattered mice costumes and all). Also, while some artists working in similar genres marinate themselves in pretensions, White Mice exude a disarmingly retarded sense of humor (their penchant for mice-ifying everything - song titles such as "mousSTASsh Ride," for example). For these reasons, I was looking forward to hearing White Mice's latest release, Excreamantraintraveinanus. First things first: this album sounds great. Somehow the crew at Machines with Magnets (Pawtucket, Rhode Island) captured White Mice's scuzzy, fuzzy sound without sacrificing any of the power or clarity that comes from the punishing volumes at which they play. Equally impressive, however, are the songs showcased here. "Gouda and Evil," which wraps strands of harsh noise around a hypnotic bass line and sledgehammer style drum beats, stands as one of the strongest moments on the album. The distorted, and at times vomitous, vocals are simply terrifying. Who knew a song about cheese could be so brutal? Many critics hear a heavy Melvins-influence in the songs of White Mice, a point which could be supported by the White Mice's love of heavy, sludgy sounds; however, what separates White Mice from this obvious influence is their almost painterly use of noise - they actually rock an oscillator to create whirling harsh soundscapes - and wickedly good basslines. Sure, plentiful grooves can be found in Melvins songs, but check out the busted, off kilter swagger of White Mice's "Fondleeza Mice." Your head will be nodding in no time. Some allege that many of White Mice's songs sound the same, but they miss the point: at their best, White Mice spin cohesive nightmares like no one else. Here's to another expertly crafted jaunt by these costume-clad masters of Malaise." (-Michael Grigelevich) Skyscraper Magazine No. 28, Summer 2008

They have toured with Lightning Bolt, USA Is a Monster, Coughs, An Albatross, Skinny Puppy, Dj Scotch Egg, Bolz'n, Pleasurehorse, Suffering Bastard, and Athletic Automaton.

They have self-released several records, including "Mouse of Mendes" and a Christmas album entitled "Do They Know It's Christmice?" before being signed to Load Records, where they recorded and released two more albums. Further records have been released on the Blossoming Noise label of Atlanta Georgia, as well as several independent labels.

Members[edit]

Current
  • MOUSEaTONGUE - bass, vocals
  • Ol' DuRTY MOUSE TURD a.k.a. Big Baby Cheesus - Electronics, Hype, Chaos
  • PHLEgMMY KILLMICESTER - drums
Former
  • Anonymouse - Ocillator, PhotoTheremin, Chaos, samples, tape machines
  • AutomRATon - Guitard
  • CHeddie - sawblades
  • CoCHeese - drums
  • Euronymouse - Rat Skins
  • Euronynonymouse - Tapes
  • Ganjameice - drums
  • Maus Kinski - Saxophone, zither, chair, cheesus, guitard, contact mic, misc.
  • Mouseferatu - bass, vocals
  • MoustRATdumbass - Guitard
  • Swiss Miss a.k.a. The Virgin Scary - backup
  • The Chesident - Traps
  • Verminator X - Guitard
  • Vincent Mice - Guitard

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums
Year Album Label Format
2003 Mouse of Mendes Self-Released, OHnonoNoise (2004) CD-R, LP (extended, 2004)
2004 Do They Know It's Christmice? Self-Released, Subharmonix/Brainpatch (2005) CD-R, LP (extended, 2005)
2005 ASSPhIXXXEATATESHUN Load Records LP
2006 Tapeworm III Self-Release CD-R
2006 FissstSyphallus Diller Self-Release Tape
2007 HemosexualRodentalDamnatalcare((( of the futurd O))) Self-Release CD-R
2007 BLASSSTPHLEGMEICE Load Records LP
2007 ExcreaMantraIntraVeinAnus Blossoming Noise CD
2009 Ganjahovahdose 20 Buck Spin CD, LP
Live Albums
Year Album Label Format
2002 Live at the Munch House Fan-Release 3”
2005 LIVE at AS220, June 2004, Birthday Ceremoananal to the Jonestown Landfill OHnonoNOISE CD-R
2006 The White Mice Box, Live in Nashville, June 2005 StolenSounds.com LP
2008 LIVE in Italy Xhol Recordings Tape
Cumpilations
Year Album Label Format
2003 V/A Olde Time Lemonaid Hospital Records Tape/CD comp.
2006 V/A Pick A Winner Load Records DVD comp.
2009 V/A (TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA) 13,000 milliseconds Ratskin Records CD comp.
Singles
Year Album
2014 Stinky n' The Strain
2014 A Better Mousetrap
2014 The Mice is White

References[edit]

  1. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/white-mice-mn0000254985
  2. http://www.nme.com/artists/white-mice
  3. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/white-mice-ganjahovahdose
  4. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/8803-assphixxxeatateshun/
  5. http://www.sfbayguardian.com/noise/2010/03/31/hump-day-headliner-white-mice

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