After relentless gigging, Billingham's lo-fi garage-punk duo Mouses are set to release their debut single: 'Poison'.
If you haven't heard Mouses before (firstly, where have you been for the past two years?), imagine the love child of The Thermals, Dinosaur Jr and Wheatus on a generous kick of acid.
The track opens by submerging you into a whirlpool of distorted guitar and fuzzy vocals, invigorating the track with a relentless energy. Despite the initially aggressive tone of the track, the infectiously catchy chorus provides it with a poppy undertone, making it incredibly upbeat and easy to dance/sing along to. I can envisage audiences belting out the lines: "I'm not breaking bones for you, I can be myself with a little bit of poison" - or at least that's what I presume Ste is singing under that heavy lo-fi disguise.
If I'm perfectly honest, I'm unsure what the song is about, referencing' everything from; a 'crashing tiger', to a 'Jacobean scribe' to how 'Colours feel like spiders in my mind'.
However, overall the song works really well and I feel as though it's an unapologetically genuine representation of the band. A little quirky and off the wall, but incredibly charming. However, Mouses strongest tool in their arsenal is without their dynamic stage presence and I believe 'Poison' will be even more frantically impressive in a live setting.
The track is due to be released on Friday 6th May and the band are launching it on the 7th at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough.