Nov 22, 2017

Has your heart ever latched onto a band so hard, so fast, and at just the right moment in your life, that you knew you would carry the music with you until the day your heart stopped beating? City Mouse first came to me at one of the biggest turning points in my life. I didn’t think I was even open to their brand of punk— poppier, more melodic than the tough guy hardcore I had buried myself in. But as soon as the needle hit the groove of that self-titled 7”, I was left desperately grabbing for the lyric sheet because this band was singing what I was feeling. I was hooked, but it was just that one 7”. Some splits and stuff followed, but no full-length. Until now. Coincidentally, I’m at another turning point, and I find myself simultaneously loved more than ever, yet more alone than ever. I don’t even know how to say how much this record means to me right now. I’ve been listening to it over and over, just letting myself feel these words, these emotions. The lyrics perfectly personalize universals like heartbreak and self-doubt and hope for the future. It’s honest. It’s warm. It makes me feel like I’m not alone. –MP Johnson (It’s Alive)