A make-your-own CD recording booth was privy to Rachel Browne's first recording in 1999, a cover of No Doubt's "Just a Girl". It would be another many years before she enrolled at SUNY Purchase, where she majored in music composition and met Andrew Futral, a producer and musician. The two began collaborating musically and in 2010 Field Mouse was officially formed.
A mix of dreamy reverb-tinged guitars and synthesizers, Field Mouse blends the hard edges of indie rock with the warmer stylings of dream pop and shoegaze. Their songs lure you in with saccharine melodies and soothing vocals, and turn on you without warning with biting lyrics and a thick layered wall of fuzz guitar. It's a blend Browne and Futral have spent years working to perfect, and it shows in their live performances and recordings.
The band released their first 7" single in February 2012, You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom, on Small Plates Records. This was followed in October 2012 with another 7" release, How Do You Know, through Lefse. Field Mouse was eventually rounded out with the addition of Saysha Heinzman on bass and Tim McCoy on drums, and in Spring of 2013 the band embarked on a six-week tour supporting Laura Stevenson as she played across the U.S.
Upon their return from tour the band wasted no time arranging their album. Inspired by burgeoning adulthood, social overload and isolation, life in New York, and the realization that life is going by with a terrifying swiftness (plus a handful of breakup songs to boot), the band wrote and recorded their album in late 2013. It marks the first full-length album that's been written and released as a full band.
Writing and performing as much as possible, Field Mouse shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, and hopefully will be coming to your town. Just don't expect any covers of "Just a Girl."
"Browne delivers a hell of a performance throughout Field Mouse’s new album, Hold Still Life, and “Everyone But You” is one of its best moments."
"[Two Ships] washes out of the speakers with chill melodies that are sugary sweet yet subtlety dark; not unlike, say, chocolate-covered coffee beans. It’s damn good, is what we’re getting at."
"…gorgeously atmospheric shoegaze-pop…"
-The Deli Mag NYC
"It’s hard to decide what to get lost in, the distorted fuzziness, or the wondrous vocals of lead singer Rachel Browne. Just go for both…"
-We All Want Someone
"…lush sonic textures and expansive soundscapes…"