Trapped Mice – Mona Lisa

So, a single post after berating the bloggers of Scotland for getting stale and just writing about the same old cack all the time, I find myself posting about a band who would probably very happily throw that exact same accusation at me. And not, I must confess, entirely without justification.

It’s not like I don’t know about Trapped Mice; they’ve been in touch before and Brian, the guitarist, is someone I count as a friend, and has indeed made many an appearance on the Song, by Toad Fresh Air Radio show.  He’s been in and out of half the bands in Edinburgh by this point, but the (only?) one he’s stuck by all this time has been Trapped Mice.

So, as I said, it’s not like I haven’t known of the band I just, in all honesty, haven’t been that keen on their output thus far.  The first track which surfaced from their forthcoming debut album Winter Sun (pre-order here) is decent, but Mona Lisa, from the video at the top of the page, really is very good.

I’m not sure what the difference is, but I like the keyboards and the grumbly guitar at the beginning of the song in particular.  It also seems to be yet another step away from some of the folky stuff they started out playing, and which I wasn’t that keen on, and a move into a more… I dunno, slightly post-rocky, more traditional guitar indie kind of territory, I guess.

The album is out on Armellodie Records, a competitor of ours I have to grudgingly admit really are very good, the bastards, and I really do hope I end up liking it. This is really good, anyhow, and a very pleasant surprise to find in my Facebook feed this afternoon.

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