We were intrigued when we first heard that Aaron Weiss (ex-Social Studies) and Jason Kick (The Lovely Public, Social Studies) were working on a new project called maus haus. The band's self-distributed demos set early expectations quite high with a unique sound that eschewed guitars for a pastiche-driven mix of synthesizers, classical instruments and drum machines.
Maus haus's debut album, Lark Marvels, out this week, reflects the twin touchstones of Krautrock and off-kilter baroque pop. Somehow, the members of maus haus seem free to try anything, while maintaining the focus needed to harness an apparantly limitless sound palette. It's remarkable that a group with this many members, who have all been involved in other acclaimed musical projects, could succeed cohesively in the studio or on the stage.
We spoke with five-sixths of maus haus a few weeks ago, discussing how the band has managed to channel its members' diverse musical ideas and interests. We're excited to include four songs from Lark Marvels alongside excerpts from the interview.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Rickshaw Stop (Record release show!)
Casy #38; Brian and Religious Girls
Saturday, November 15, 2008
UC Merced (Merced, CA)
with Scissors for Lefty and Rademacher
1pm, all ages