Is this the place we first build this home?

Posted on Sep 4, 2016

Kia ora e te whanau

Very pleased to let you know we are playing a special show in Auckland as well as returning to Wellington for the third time. All with the help from Moretone Music. We’ll be playing sets of about an hour with a few surprises along the way. Its been over 6 months since our last show so we are really looking forward to playing again. We still have Jasmine Balmer of Being joining us on vocals so be sure to come hang out before she finds out we are all dickheads.  We’ll be playing a cover from a man with a very strange name as well as a new song too.

Tickets can be found here for both shows. As well as Facebook events for Auckland and Wellington. Click attending to keep updated on what’s happening! We’ll be announcing supports soon.

Look forward to seeing you there!

PS: For anyone interested, we are playing live on 95bfm at 2pm tomorrow (5th Sept).

Hope for a Mourning x



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What a wonderful surrender

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

Kia ora e te whanau

If you’re reading this as its recently published then your joining us in this funny time between the first single being released and the album coming out.

Khandallah, is that first single. Also, I’m kind of just writing as I go with no real plan of what I’m saying. Apologies if this is a mess.

A few years ago I worked at a popular internet provider in the Auckland CBD. While working there my day to day job would be bullshitting people into buying internet (part of the reason I left). People from all across the country. I spoke with a woman who lived in Khandallah.

Khandallah in 1924

It’s a small suburb just outside of central Wellington. From what I can tell there is nothing particularly unusual about it. Its named after Khandela, which is in India.

The most important part about this word for me is it means ‘The resting place of God’, among a few other interpretations. In theory, that should be a rather peaceful place. The last time we played in Wellington, Brendan and I stopped in at Khandallah for about 20 minutes. Walked about the local shops and took some silly photos.

The song itself is about a place where two people (or more) can exist without expectation or anxiety. Two themes that seems to be regulars in my life.

Here’s the album version of Khandallah. The single version is attached in the below link. Though, if I’m being honest I’m prouder of this version.

Happy premiered the song a few weeks ago. If you’re keen on listening to it the link is here.


Benjamin x

Hope for a Mourning


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The door’s ten feet away

Posted on May 7, 2015

Kia Ora e Te Whanau

Ben here, I play guitar and sing in Mice on Stilts. Welcome to our website. We have had this URL for some time now. Possibly almost three years so I thought it was about time we started using it. Joseph has created the site and has been making changes here and there for the last 2 years, now that he is gone I’ve been trying to learn about building websites (scary stuff).

If you have been following us on facebook then you will know that we are currently working on a new album entitled ‘Hope for a Mourning’. Its a development on top of the EP An Ocean Held Me in the sense that it carries SOME of the same themes with a bunch of new ones in there too. Although, it is much bleaker and the songs are even longer.

We have been working on this for almost a year now.  I remember when we went out to Neptune Bar out in Huia for the weekend as an 8 piece with a PA. We spent the whole time jamming and fleshing out ideas getting reading to begin drum tracking. That was a very exciting time, but if I’m being honest I’m more interested in what’s happening now. We have had some pretty massive opportunities come our way and we’re less than a month off receiving the final master of the album. This is what we have been building towards.

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