Mouse on Mars formed in 1993 when Andi Toma, from Dusseldorf, and Jan St. Werner, from Cologne, met at a death metal concert and decided to form a band.
Their first release was a single "frosch"- lfo/krautrock toytown toonz. So fresh were the sounds that critics were at a loss for words: "One Man's thingy is another man's wotsit." - melody maker.
Musically Mouse creates densely layered tracks with the intended results being grounded in pop. Designed to yield more with repeated listens, songs are minutely detailed. Drum tracks, for example, often contain eight different layers- live drums, programmed, digitally processed and various combinations and/or mutations of the aforementioned. Fills and breaks are set, arranged, and placed individually as opposed to being looped. The results are rich, deep, wonderfully varied.
To quote Rob Young from the WIRE, "Mouse tracks are lush mini adventures or sound movies in multiple dimensions: densly layered vertically, constantly changing horizontally in time, it's a fully articulated body of music."
They have produced records for Stereolab and Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flur, they made music for an ill-fated Tony Danza film, and worked on music with the High Llamas.
Mouse On Mars have paved the way for a continuously growing gang of German and international sound villains to weave analogue and digital, electronic and non-electronic sounds in a totally new, organic fabric. Not without reason have great...