Andrea Pizzo and The Purple Mice is an experimental rock band founded in 2019 by married couple, Andrea Pizzo and Raffaella Turbino. The two Italian musicians had the idea to create a concept album combining Pizzo’s two loves, music and space. They began writing songs toward that goal. Soon they recruited some friends.
Veteran multi-instrumentalist musicians Riccardo Morello and Roberto Tiranti joined their ranks and the Purple Mice were born. Regular readers of The Static Dive will remember the quartet’s 2020 debut EP, Excerpt from Potatoes On Mars. That record introduced a wildly eclectic group of seasoned professionals making high-concept, genre-defying rock.
Over the past two years Andrea Pizzo and The Purple Mice have released a series of singles leading up to their debut full length album. Their sci-fi rock adventure has connected with fans around the world. Tracks like “Keep on Searching” and “Pale Blue Dot” now count their streaming numbers in the hundreds of thousands.
Potatoes On Mars is the debut album from Andrea Pizzo and The Purple Mice, available worldwide via all major streaming services. The eleven-song collection is an intergalactic ride through every genre under the stars. Through just the first three songs the band rocks out some heavy metal power chords, melancholy ballads, funk jams and African Folk-inspired drum/vocal grooves. It’s a good time.
As wonderfully eclectic as the album may be, there is a narrative theme that runs through both the lyrics and recording production that ties it all together. Whether we’re country picking “Potatoes on Mars” or spanning the solar system on the epic 9:38 “Jupiter And The Galilean Moons,” we are always headed toward the stars.
Throughout the album, Andrea Pizzo and The Purple Mice match the record’s cosmic theme with complex art-rock arrangements and virtuosic performances. That fluid musical style further ties the record together as the band navigates their way through prog-rock jams, time changes and traditional folk arrangements. Psychedelic analog synths meet shredding guitars on tracks like “Masters of the Galaxy” and we get a dose of blues-infused metal on “Road to Universe.” Each transition is just another chapter in our galactic road trip.
Check out Potatoes on Mars below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the song “Go Fishing In The Ocean Of Enceladus” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist and “Jupiter And The Galilean Moons” on the Deep Indie Chill. Follow the links below to connect with Andrea Pizzo and The Purple Mice. Get on their socials and join them on their solar adventure.