Mouse on Mars dont do things by halves. Following the release of their “21 Again” anniversary double album, an immense collection of collaborations on Monkeytown records, the duo host a two day festival taking place at all 3 of Hebbel Am Ufer’s venues in Kreuzberg with a truly unbelievable lineup.
How many internationally influential pop acts has Germany thrown into the mix? Kraftwerk, of course, followed by Can and the other Krautrock pioneers – Neu! and Cluster, Tangerine Dream and Faust; after that, Einsturzende Neubauten, perhaps. And in the mid-1990s, Mouse on Mars joined this select group, quickly earning international recognition for their unique blend of concept, experiment and pop. Rare is the festival of electronic or independent music that hasn’t welcomed them to the stage, and there are few producers of edgy, intelligent pop music who do not cite Mouse on Mars as a reference. They are feted as rock stars across Japan and North America, and for the past twenty years they have been packing clubs – and even classical concert halls in European metropolises.Mouse on Mars are a musical phenomenon.
After two decades of constant innovation and reinvention, they have lost none of their might and magic. And, just like jazz musicians, the duo seems to be getting ever more seasoned, savvy and uncompromising. The band’s anniversary release – a compilation celebrating 21 years of band history with a bit more than 21 collaborations – seems like a logical move. Open to outside influences from day one, Mouse on Mars’ music and approach anchors a surprinsingly malleable methodology to an unwavering vidon at the eye of the hurricane. The surface of pop music thrives on change, on constant renewal, and the Mouse on Mars phenomenon fuses this mutability with a myriad of voices caught in a proliferating web of dialogue.
Dialogue with their audience, with their own musical roots – and dialogue within a complex web of interdisciplinary partnerships and relationships. In this framework, theory, sound research and deep, sensual experiences are no longer mutually exclusive. And at the heart of these oscillating force fields, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma invariably remain themselves – curious, critical and even-keeled.In this spirit, Mouse on Mars celebrate their „coming of age“ surrounded by 30 of their peers.21 again sees them dabbling in laid-back disco funk with Tim Gane (Stereolab / Cavern of Anti-Matter) or spinning jittery dream pop with Scratch Pet Land.
Their collaboration with Candie Hank spawned a kind of desert polka, while Modeselektor and Puppetmastaz inspired anthemic hip-hop excursions. Tortoise and Laetitia Sadier take the duo into neo-post-rock territory, Eric D Clark supplies radio-friendly song-writing skills, Funkstörung – reunited for the occasion – deliver broken funk while the song with Junior Boys reinterprets R’n’B as a holographic genre. 21 again is an ode to joy and to the friends of the band, yet also an homage to constant dialogue and diversity.This willful diversity might cause confusion – but the band’s identity is more about process and agility, than any clear-cut self-image. t to take it all too seriously”; after all, anything could change any minute.Ladies and Gentlemen, please celebrate the 21st century with Mouse on Mars.
Toma and Werner define their music and themselves through friction and interaction; they freely put their concepts to the test and up for discussion. They each find their reflection in the other, practicing a kind of interactive magnetism. And yet – despite this highly attentive adaptability – a Mouse on Mars sound does exist. There is an immediately recognisable musical signature, conjured up despite the duo’s wealth of different projects and connections. Many different voices, speaking with and over each other, are part of this signature style, complemented by a radical nonchalance and unshakeable anarchy that leaves few musical moves unincorporated. Each noise, each sound, each shattering beat comes with its own comment. Comments that take any shape or guise – a rhythmic hiccup, a wow and flutter in the harmonic arc, an unexpected melodic fragment, a subliminal scratch or two. Mouse on Mars tell us “not to take it all too seriously”; after all, anything could change any minute. Ladies and Gentlemen, please celebrate the 21st century with Mouse on Mars.
Mouse On Mars – 21 Again feat. Cavern of Anti-Matter, Candie Hank, Schlammpeiziger, Tyondai Braxton, Eric D. Clark, Oval, Laetitia Sadier, Errorsmith, FX Randomiz, and many many more LIVE
Friday + Saturday, 31. October & 1. November 2014 | 20:00 CET
HAU 1 + 2 + 3 | Stresemannstr. 29 | 10963 Berlin/Kreuzberg