San Francisco, CA
Stereolab, Silver Apples, Kraftwerk, Mercury Rev
The Bay Area sextet is living in the past, present, and future simultaneously. Using traditional instruments—drums, analog synths, horns—along with laptops and electronics, the motley crew has managed to create a world of sound that embraces the psychedelic and Krautrock past while embracing the technological future.
Maus Haus—Joseph Genden, Jason Kick, Joshua Rampage, Aaron Weiss, Sean Mabry, and Tom Hurlbut—know their music. Inspired by their record collections and the disorienting specters of both Brian Wilson and surrealism, the group has created their own brand of psychedelic art rock. The band has found its groove marrying traditional rock elements with more esoteric electronic layers and glitchy beats.
Born of sprawling jam sessions, the sextet is best known for bringing it live. They crowd the stage with a dizzying array of instruments in addition to six full-grown humans. Backed by psychedelic video, they create the kind of multi-sensory live experience made famous by artists like Pink Floyd and the Velvet Underground.
The band says that they aim to filter ideas and influences through their collective psyches, resulting in something truly their own. Tunes like “Winter” and “We Used Technology (But Technology Let Us Down)” stir a little pop, a little psych, and a little garage together and make it all work.