CITY MOUSE: Self-titled:: 7"

Jan 19, 2012

As soon as I dropped the needle, I loved this record in a totally different way than I expected. Let me take a step back. I love Danzig. I have since old times. I’m still coming down from the high of the two Danzig Legacy shows I went to in October. So when I saw this record, I knew I was going to love it for novelty value. The front cover is the Danzig skull modified with mouse ears. The back cover is a photo of three adorable little kids reenacting the blood-drenched Samhain Initium cover. I didn’t really want to listen to the record. Figured the music couldn’t outdo the cover. Holy shit was I wrong. The vocals come from that inexplicable—but totally human—crossroads between desperation, confusion, power, and anger. The music follows suit. Lyrically, there’s a great journey that takes place from the A-side to the B-side. The record opens with a catchy love song and ends with a very thoughtful examination of the reasons for writing those types of songs. The conclusion: “When I can’t find no reason, I just find the rhyme.”

 –mp (It’s Alive)