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Jacob's Mouse


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At the tender age of 11 no one expected the Boothby twins and their mate Sam to make anything other than a big noise at home. They’d met Sam at a swimming competition, and made friends because they all were wearing heavy metal t-shirts. Over the years, they stopped playing Status Quo covers and started writing their own songs, with the aim of making no two alike. Their influences were everything on Peel and what they scavenged from parents record collections.

Naming themselves after their cousin’s pet (yep, really!), they put out a single with a friend, and it promptly got Sounds Single of the Week. This opened the doors to tons of gigs as first on to people like Nirvana, Carter, Senseless Things et al. They shopped their new demos to the labels they liked, but to no avail. So, they put it out on their own Blithering Idiot label, run by Sam’s dad, who also managed the band. The press totally loved it, and Peel gave them a session literally hours after hearing it. They played live from Norwich on the Mark Goodier show, and toured with Captain America and Midway Still.

In the meantime Gary Wiiija was kicking himself for turning down No Fish Shop, and they turned down lots of labels to go with Wiiija. The Mice had found their hole, where they could do what they liked, and in their own time. The Ton Up e.p. came out and they toured with Babes in Toyland, and then Moonshake, building up a strong, loyal and young following.

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  • yzrenee

    v that just sounds epic

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • iyers

    Think I saw them support Babes in Toyland in Bristol once...

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Theecomer

    Totally solid output from first to last.

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • peteypoo

    Brilliant stuff! If you like this, check out what Sam did next. The Machismos was his next band. He sells the remastered demos CD on his myspace page. Definitely worthwhile if you're thirsting for more.

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Dirty_Noise

    really like their stuff

    1 Nov 2009 Reply
  • tat2dub

    marmite B12...

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • jahennui

    Completely underrated band at the time. Should have been so much bigger.

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • akzincke

    Totally boss.

    18 Oct 2008 Reply

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