Exploding White Mice were formed in Adelaide, South Australia in early 1984, for the sole purpose of playing a set of covers at a friend’s party. The first line-up consisted of Gerry Barrett (guitar), Giles Barrow (guitar), Paul Gilchrist (vocals), Andy MacQueen (bass) and Craig Rodda (drums). The band wore its influences proudly on its sleeve, those being: 60’s garage punk (Sonics, 13th Floor Elevators etc.), 70’s American punk rock (Stooges, MC5, New York Dolls, Ramones etc.), and 70’s Australian rock and roll (the Saints & Radio Birdman). After playing a couple of parties, the band (to its surprise) was offerred a show at an inner-city pub, which began a rapid growth in popularity. Shows were characterised by high energy, masses of dyed black hair, brutal volume and relentless posing, all of which went down a storm in the already healthy Adelaide scene. Other bands playing around town at the time included the Spikes, Mad Turks, Screaming Believers, Primevils and the Plague, all of whom would, along with the Mice, soon release records on the Greasy Pop label. In late 1984 Gerry Barrett left the band, to be replaced by guitarist Jeff Stephens, who remained a member until the band’s last gig in May 2000.
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