|Battle of Mice is a post-metal supergroup consisting of Julie Christmas (Made Out of Babies), Josh Graham (Neurosis, Red Sparowes), Joel Hamilton (Book of Knots), Tony Maimone (Book of Knots, Pere Ubu), and Joe Tomino (Fugees, Dub Trio, Peeping Tom).
Formed when vocalist Julie Christmas and guitarist/keyboardist Josh Graham met in Austin, Texas while touring with their respective bands in 2005, Battle of Mice's beginnings were slow and tumultuous. Graham and Christmas, who disliked one another upon first acquaintance, were in an on-again-off-again relationship during the recording of the band's debut album, A Day of Nights. At their worst, the pair refused to play in the same room, and their frustrations are said to be manifest in the album's lyrical content.
The album, which was released under Neurot Recordings, contains seven tracks heavily influenced by the metal and post-rock roots from which the group was derived. The atmosphere of the album is decidedly eerie and unnerving, with one song, At the Base of the Giant's Throat, featuring a recorded 911 call between vocal sections. The lyrical content is wide in scope, touching on love, lust, jealousy, and rage.
The band's name is derived from a saying by Alexander the Great pertaining to a military invasion of Crete.
Despite the troublesome recording process of their first album, Battle of Mice plans on returning to the studio for a follow-up record.