Artist info


Indie, Pop

Sounds like

Broken Social Scene, Belle & Sebastian, Lucksmiths

band members

Matt Santosa-guitar/bass/vox, Martin Somerville-guitar/bass/vox, Scott Mercer-guitar/keys, Kylie Fox-vox/keys/egg, Euon Williams-drums


The Smiths, sarah blasko, stars


The Better Mousetrap Treatment were an indie band from Brisbane who specialised in the sunny, melancholic pop the city has become famous for. Originally formed by a trio of like-minded boys from Lismore in northern New South Wales, the Mousies blossomed into a five-piece of interweaving guitars, keys and harmonies led by the songwriting partnership of Martin Somerville and Matt Santosa. The band weaved threads of Augie March, The Lucksmiths and Radiohead into their rich tapestry of song, producing music that was both mature and exuberant, thoughtful and spontaneous. Their debut EP Paper and Pictures attracted support from local community radio, particularly standout track "I Can't Tell", featuring the dreamy guest vocals of Mel Tickle from fellow Brisbanites Little Scout. The Mousies recorded and released their second EP "The Hole In Yours Truly" with ace knob-twiddler Yanto Browning (The Medics, The Belligerents) in the serene bushland surrounds of Airlock Studios in Samford Valley just outside of Brisbane. The EP - preceded by the single "Sidewalk Glass" which received airplay on Triple J in Australia - is a breezy hit of pure pop that charmed listeners with its jangling guitar lines and sweet boy/girl harmonies. The Better Mousetrap Treatment broke up in 2012. Some of them went on to make music with The Clues, Banana Nightmare and Go Go Fish.