Following the release of their balladeering and soulful country album, Trick of the Eye, The Joy Mills Band brings forth their 2nd full-length record, Cat & Mouse. Joy Mills, on acoustic guitar and vocals, is joined by Lucien LaMotte on electric guitar and pedal steel, Tom Parker on bass and vocals, and Mike McDermott on drums. The resulting sound is a well-grooved blend of roots, rock ‘n’ roll, folk and country. 10 songs that explore modern themes – characters that filter world-weariness through the lens of self-awareness. “You’ve been here this whole time / moving like the colors move the day” Mills sings on the title track. “Cat and mouse / one would think you’d tire of me after all this running around.” Elsewhere, on “Blue Nights” (co-written with La Motte), the pedal steel pulls like an undertow as the song’s characters are inhabited with “a haunted feeling that’s hard to shake / you can’t see the wind, only the wake.”
Cat & Mouse brings more edge and grit to the production. On “I’ll Take You,” Mills and Parker sing, “Oh, the days, how you fade away / we’ll push the gravel to the shoulder / when everyone was a rolling stone / only had to haul on by.” La Motte’s guitar hook and outro take the band through and back from the song’s message of human responsibility and consciousness in a world growing warmer and ever more complicated. With the lyrical and atmospheric “A Better Way” and “Rocking Chair,” listeners are met with narratives of wandering souls seeking a deeper understanding, much like Mills herself. “Call it lilt with an edge.” (Leicester Bangs, UK). The Joy Mills Band will be touring the Western US throughout 2014.
"Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case." - Paul Constant (The Stranger)
“Call it lilt with an edge.” – Leicester Bangs (UK)
“Organic country…both delicate and edgy… For the lo-fi country enthusiast.” – Maverick Magazine
"Trick of the Eye is an easy rolling, urban country debut, right in step with the likes of Zoe Muth and Davidson Hart Kingsbery. Mills sings with a simple, unhurried cadence, with earthy tones that softly attune bassist Tom Parker's subtle
harmonies with her own. Trick of the Eye rings with such sounds, rich in lyrical imagery and twangy pedal steel." - Seattle Weekly
Mills spent 2005-2010 leading the Americana band, The Starlings. But with the release of Cat & Mouse, and 2012’s Trick of the Eye, Mills continues to push the edges wider to incorporate classic sounds of early rock ‘n’ roll, country and soulful songwriting. The band’s repertoire maintains an urban country style filled with melodic interplay and layers of pedal steel and electric guitar set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest.
In both her solo career and with The Starlings, Mills has garnered extensive reviews, chart-listings and favor both here and abroad. Trick of the Eye landed on Seattle Weekly’s Best Country Albums for 2012, and she was called by The Stranger’s Paul Constant, “Seattle’s liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case.” She has supported such artists as Todd Snider, The Avett Brothers, Fred Eaglesmith, The Wood Brothers, and Eilen Jewell. She also provides backing vocals on multiple recordings – including Zoe Muth and the Lost High Roller’s 2011 release, Starlight Hotel, and 2012 release, Old Gold. Find more press here.