Music » Livewire

Mice Parade

With Battery Collection and Trouble Books. Saturday, May 19, at the Lime Spider, Akron.

by

comment
Mice Parade is an anagram for Adam Pierce, the former Swirlies drummer and post-rock virtuoso who launched the solo project about a decade ago. These days, however, Mice Parade typically features guest appearances from a wide range of fellow world-groove aficionados. On the outfit's new self-titled disc, both Lætitia Sadier of Stereolab and Mùm's Kristin Anna Valtysdottir contribute vocals. Pierce sings quite a bit as well, which makes some of the material sound like a more eclectic -- if ultimately less convincing -- version of Iron & Wine. That's because Pierce's voice is of the rigorously nondescript indie-guy variety.

On the new album, the dude is at his best when indulging his taste for deeply woven textures -- as on "Circle None," where percolating Afro-pop guitars chatter delicately while a vibraphone calls someone to dinner. Fortunately, you can expect Pierce's razor-sharp sense of groove to win out over his rudimentary songcraft.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.