Ghost Mice is a two-piece folk-punk band from Bloomington, Indiana. Its members, Chris Johnston (aka Chris Clavin) and Hannah Jones, came from former pop-punk bands: The Devil is Electric and Operation: Cliff Clavin. Clavin and Jones, who played guitar and bass for OP:CC and TDIE, decided to create an acoustic band in the hopes that they could tour more easily and play almost anywhere. Instead of bass, though, for Ghost Mice, Jones plays violin.
Ghost Mice's lyrics mostly involve trying to hold onto a positive outlook on life in the midst of fear and depression. Common themes of their songs include riding bikes, eating healthy food, love, stealing, scamming, traveling, building sustainable radical communities, death, family, depression, and suicide.
The following is a quote from Ghost Mice: "We play 100% acoustic. We never use amps or mics (except at Plan-It-X Fest and on Oct. 28, 2006 for The fest V]). We have been playing in bands together for about 7 years. We started Ghost Mice in 2002 because we tired of being restricted. We were tired of having to travel in big vans and depend on amps, PA systems and electricity. With Ghost Mice we can travel very light and we need nothing to play. We often play in back yards or on the street corner in front of the venue. We have toured the USA many times and we toured Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, France, Spain, Belgium, England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland) by foot. We hitch-hiked and took trains to all of our shows. It was fun and very liberating. We sing a mix of personal and political lyrics, we are anarchist, we are dedicated to the DIY ethic and the struggle to make the world a better place. We play music and travel for fun and to meet new people. Music is our lives. We love travel. We are nice and a little shy." The previous quote can be found here.
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