Experimental Mice (Remastered) - Single

by First the Winter

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Written in Peru under the influence of red wine and heartbreak, "Experimental Mice" paints a despondent, hopeless picture of love and romance.


Little boys and little girls playing war

In spite of ourselves, and with spite for the rest, that's who we are

Trading blows and hateful words till we die

Bloody nose, and torn jeans, and black eyes

The battle lines are drawn out, it's time for blood

The tongues hang out on the dogs of war, our graves are dug

You're taking aim, but I fire first, I try but I can't stop

Watch my bullets strike, then we're falling fast, the game is done

Stuck in a maze, disguised as love, to run it once or twice

There's no way out, and no one wins, we're just experimental mice


released February 14, 2020
Lyrics and music by Jimmy Stewart

Guitar, piano, and male vocals by Jimmy Stewart

Female vocals by Aili Emilia

Cello by Dan Lawonn, DanLawonn.com

Bass by Owen Sartori

Drums and percussion by Alexander Young, AlexanderYoungDrums.com

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Owen Sartori and Davide Raso at F5 Soundhouse in Minneapolis, MN, F5Soundhouse.com

Artwork by Nathan Hoarn


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First the Winter Chimacum, Washington

First the Winter is an acoustic folk rock duo hailing from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Heavily influenced by singer-songwriters like Damien Rice and Glen Hansard, much of their music presents a raw, somewhat dark view of love and relationships.

The duo is comprised of Jimmy Stewart and Aili Emilia, who began writing and playing music together in Minneapolis in the summer of 2015.
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