Country Mice formed in 2008 in Brooklyn, NY and quickly gained a
reputation for their energetic live show. Incorporating heavy drums,
poetic lyrics, extended psych jams, blazing guitar solos, and hum
along melodies, Country Mice have drawn comparisons to Wilco, Neil
Young, The Byrds and Dinosaur Jr. They released their debut
album,Twister, in 2011, which received a number of rave reviews and
appeared on several top 100 albums-of-the-year lists.
In 2012, Country Mice entered the studio with producer Doug Boehm
(admired by the band for his work with Girls, Dr. Dog, Guided By
Voices, and The Whigs) to make Hour of the Wolf. Recording bass, drums and guitars in the same room, the band wanted to capture the energy of their live show, but also take a powerful sonic step forward. Starting with the first window-shaking drum rumble of the album's opening track, "Feathers," Hour of the Wolf picks up where Twister left off, showcasing a dynamic group of new songs, spanning from heavy psych guitar odyssey ("High Tide and the Sandman"), to pop-rock jam ("Giving Your Heart Away"), to acoustic folk ballad ("Ash").
The Trouble with Templeton is the moniker of Singer/songwriter Thomas Calder.
“The Brooklyn rockers Great Elk display the control and restraint of a band with deep chemistry, as they sway gracefully between gentle ballads and mid-tempo indie-rock tunes.” – The New Yorker
"Lead single "I'm going to bend" is a slow-simmering pot of Kosmic American music that should find favor with fans of Band of Horses or the erstwhile Grandaddy." - My Old Kentucky Blog
"Great Elk's Autogeogaphy is a remarkably consistent and conceptually coherent record." - Adequacy.net