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Under the leadership of percussionist Adam Pierce, Mice Parade (an anagram of Pierce‘s name), has been around for over a decade. With members constantly shifting, Mice Parade currently is Pierce, Doug Scharin (HiM), Dylan Cristy (The Dylan Group), Rob Laasko, Caroline Lufkin, Dan Lippel and Josh McKay (Macha). Hailing from New York, the band is ready to release its eighth (and first since 2007) album on Fat Cat Records, What It Means to be Left- Handed.
Mice Parade sounds like Fridge and Modest Mouse mixed with the electronic experiments of The Dylan Group. They‘re influenced heavily by a post-rock genre, incorporating world beat and some electronica influences, too.
The instrumentation and vocals in the first half What It Means to be Left-Handed are dazzling in a "feel-good" sort of way. Beginning with an almost majestic "Kupanda," co-written by the band and Swahili vocalist Somi, the first half is the album‘s finest. Immediately following "Kupanda" is something more inventive and better "In Between Times." Also noteworthy in the first half is "Do Your Eyes See Sparks."
Although What It Means to be Left-Handed challenges boundaries, it‘s with a grace that will not disappoint.
Check out "In Between Times":