Mice and Rifles EP Release Show Saturday Night at Stubb’s
I have distinct memories of bringing in my copy of Mice and Rifles‘ 2006 EP All Kites Up to the station to play on late-night Friday air shifts (which the fabulous Audrey Morton hosts these days). It became quite clear that this was no ordinary indie-whatever band.
Their EP created quite a stir for a number of reasons, namely for the band’s alt.-country ferocity. But there was also some undoubtedly potent songwriting to consider, not always for the easily-offended. Johnny Cash would’ve been proud. Cerebral, acerbic, compassionate, reflective, even political, each track was a challenge for the mind. In other words, outstanding. Their 2007 follow-up, Beginner’s Luck was another attention-getter, and that year the band found itself invited to perform at C3′s Big State Festival in Bryan-College Station, alongside big-timers like Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. You know. No big deal.
However, despite the critical acclaim, the accolades, and what appeared to be more success looming on the horizon, the band decided to go on hiatus in 2009. Fans like myself were mystified. (I also made it rather clear to frontman/vocalist Kevin Brinkkoeter that the band was missed – because I can.) Thankfully, it was a brief break, and Mice and Rifles are back with Lebe Wohl In Tejas, another intense reminder of just how superb they are.
Mice and Rifles will have an EP release show Saturday night at Stubb’s, 801 Red River, on the indoor stage, with friends Little Radar and My Golden Calf on the bill. An eclectic mix of excellent music. Doors open at 9 p.m. Don’t miss it.