Ghost Mice is a two-piece folk-punk band from Bloomington, Indiana. Both members, Chris Johnston (aka Chris Clavin) and Hannah Jones, have been in a handful of pop-punk bands together: namely Disarm, The Devil is Electric and Operation: Cliff Clavin. They decided to "turn to the folk side" in the hopes that they could tour more easily and play almost anywhere, and to this end Hannah changed from playing bass to violin.
Ghost Mice's records are available through Chris Johnston's record label Plan-It-X Records along with the respective labels, such as No Idea Records, that released them. The band feature in Roll Up Your Sleeves, directed by Dylan Haskins and released in 2008.
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 were 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.
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, suicide, and previous love interests.
Chris Johnston - acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica, tambourine,
Hannah Jones - violin, vocals, melodeon, melodica,
Emily Timm - mandoline, melodica and vocals,
Pascal Benvenuti - ukulele, melodeon, concertina, bass, backing vocals,
Matty Pop Chart - accordion, drums,
Lily Richeson - cello,
Greg Wells - howling and breathing,
Eric Ayotte - mandolin,
Marty Sprowles - drums, percussion,
Olive Anne - violin (UK tour only)