Field Mouse are a New York quartet creating indie rock and roll. In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with the band’s Rachel and Andrew to discuss perceiving the humidity, their new album Hold Still Life, and fly invasions. Dive in to our chat below!
AMBY: Hey Field Mouse, welcome to AMBY. To get acquainted, how would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Rachel: Thank you kindly! I’m not sure what adjectives to give us each individually. I would say everyone is pretty funny, though.
AMBY: You’re soon embarking on a North American tour. What do you look forward to most?
Andrew: I imagine that, answering this question in the future, I will say getting to see Prawn, Diamond Youth and A Great Big Pile of Leaves every night is a real treat. Also getting to return to places we love like Chicago. Though this is all speculative. We could get robbed in Chicago or something.
AMBY: What summer activities do you get up to while not on stage?
Andrew: We are really into nervously standing in front of our ACs while perceiving the humidity and heat outside as a sentient force looking to destroy our crops and future.
Rachel: Yes, that sounds right. I have been writing new songs, packaging Kickstarter prizes and traveling a lot, too.
AMBY: You released your debut album Hold Still Life last month. Who inspired your use of reverb-tinged guitars and synthesizers?
Andrew: This is also difficult to say. Guitars and reverb are pretty standard things in the general rock music world. It’s like asking someone who inspired them to wear the kinds of clothes they wear. Probably somewhere down the line you saw black jeans and thought “I want those”, but there have been so many jeans since then that it’s tough to remember the first time they hit you. That’s a cool fashion analogy. We all picked up our guitars because we fundamentally believe in the power of rock and roll. The reverb and synth are tools to help craft specific sounds.
Rachel: The first synth sounds that inspired me were those of The Rentals from their album Return of the Rentals, which I heard when I was 13 or 14.
AMBY: When it comes to the title, what’s the significance behind calling the album Hold Still Life?
Rachel: It’s a play on some lyrics from the song Netsuke, and it’s also a lyric from one of Andrew’s old band (The Age of Rockets) songs. It just happened to sort of capture what we were feeling in the songs and life in general when we were getting ready to release the album.
AMBY: Which other artists from Brooklyn should we keep our eyes on?
Andrew: A lot of the bands that are from Brooklyn don’t live in Brooklyn anymore. It’s gotten quite expensive. Chumped is great. Our future tour mates A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Prawn are both local, so put your eyeballs on them too.
Rachel: I live in Philly now, and there are a jillion great bands coming out of here. It’s crazy. Some of my favorite bands out of here right now are Hop Along, Pinkwash, Cayetana, Radiator Hospital, Swearin’ (half ex-NYC), Lithuania, The Ambulars… there are just so many.
AMBY: If you could be a fly on the wall at any given time or event, where would you want to be?
Both: 10,000 years from now in Paris on the eve of the great fly invasion. No longer will us flies live under the tyranny of man.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about Field Mouse that nobody knows yet?
Rachel: We put an album out. It’s for sale.
Thank you Field Mouse, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout