(Metal Blade Records)
Mother Feather's self-styled pop cock rock is the perfect vessel for their songs which combine the scratchy yet catchy, swaggering and dangerous sounds of The Stooges, New York Dolls and The MC5 with the playfulness, pop sensibilities and exuberance of the finest Nineties alt-rock, not to mention a little upbeat Fifties Rock n' Roll thrown in for good measure.
The origins of Mother Feather date back to the summer of 2009 when Ann Courtney experienced a true epiphany. Whilst fronting Ann Courtney And The Late Bloomers, she became increasingly disillusioned, feeling like she was not doing what she was supposed to, and while taking a road trip her salvation came from words that fell from her own tongue. "I meant to say motherfucker, but it came out as Mother Feather, and it was a Freudian slip that revealed my deepest desires. An a-ha moment through a spoonerism. I came back from that trip and immediately got to work", she explains to all who are ready to listen.
Of course, the band is far more than just Courtney alone and she's surrounded herself with her best friends, who happen to be extremely talented musicians - handy that, eh? Every member is an intrinsic part of bringing the songs to life, both on record and when unleashed on stage. The band have two independently recordings - 2011's 'Mother Feather' EP which was followed by 2013s 'Living Breathing' EP and the tracks that appeared on these EPs now find a new lease of life as part of their self-titled full-length debut album, which is filled out by a couple of brand new tracks.
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The album is an interesting one which crosses the boundaries of Rock into some songs with a more pop orientated feel and some feel experimental whilst others are more straight ahead rock tracks. Take title track 'Mother Feather' for example, where drummer Gunnar Olsen kicks things off before being joined by bass player Matt Basile who makes the most of his moment in the spotlight during the intro too.
There's a subtle guitar track from Chris Foley which leaves the voice of Ann Courtney to be the dominant force for most of the song. The pace and volume of the track may start of subtlety but it picks up during the chorus as Courtney really stretches her voice. What came first, the song or the band name? But then again, who cares when the song is as great as this one!
'Natural Disaster' has a guitar driven intro that has an almost Black Sabbath feel to it - just not as heavy. The keyboards, courtesy of Elizabeth Carena, come in well here and the merging of her voice along with Courtney's adds something extra to the vocals. It may be a slow paced number, but there so much going on that you are given a bit of time to appreciate it all.
'Mirror' is another example of a slower paced number with a subtle guitar intro from Foley which them continues throughout the number. Olsen once again lays out a complex beat whilst the vocals of Courtney and Carena once again merge into a single voice during the chorus with the higher pitched vocals giving it an extra boost. Opening number, 'Living, Breathing', on the other hand, is one of the faster paced numbers which settles into a nice rocky groove. It's Courtney who shines here with a great vocal performance whilst Olsen keeps the best tight and clean at the back.
All in all there's a lot to like here and it takes a couple of listens to really get where the band are going musically, but it you're looking for something a bit different to listen to then I recommend that you give Mother Feather a listen.
You can see the official video for 'Mother Feather' here:
You can see Mother Feather live here:
Friday 24th June – Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas
Saturday 25th June – AT&T Center, San Antonio
Sunday 26th June – NRG Park-Main Street Lo, Houston
Monday 27th June – Mardi Gras World, New Orleans
Wednesday 29th June – The Nashville Fairgrounds, Nashville
Thursday 30th June – Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta
Friday 1st July – Vinoy Park, St Petersburg
Saturday 2nd July – Tinker Field, Orlando
Sunday 3rd July – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre At The South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach
Tuesday 5th July – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte
Wednesday 6th July – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach
Thursday 7th July – Lakeview Amphitheater, Syracuse
Friday 8th July – BB&T Pavilion, Camden
Saturday 9th July – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh
Sunday 10th July – The XFINITY Theatre, Hartford
Monday 11th July – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton
Wednesday 13th July –Xfinity Center, Mansfield
Thursday 14th July – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center
Friday 15th July – First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown
Saturday 16th July – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Sunday 17th July – P.N.C. Bank Arts Center, Holmdel
Tuesday 19th July – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville
Wednesday 20th July – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls
Thursday 21st July – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati
Friday 22nd July – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills
Saturday 23rd July – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Tinley Park
Sunday 24th July – Canterbury Park, Shakopee
Tuesday 26th July – Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee
Wednesday 27th July – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights
Thursday 28th July – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs
Saturday 30th July – Utah State Fairpark, Salt Lake City
Sunday 31st July – Pepsi Center Arena Lot, Denver
Monday 1st August – Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque
Tuesday 2nd August – Salt River Fields, Scottsdale
Friday 5th August – Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field, San Diego
Saturday 6th August – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Sunday 7th August – Pomona Fairplex, Pomona
Tuesday 9th August – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Thursday 11th August – Ford Amphitheater, Nampa
Friday 12th August – White River Amphitheater, Auburn
Saturday 13th August – Portland Expo Center, Portland
'Mother Feather' Tracklisting:
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Mother Feather are:
Ann Courtney – Vocals
Elizabeth Carena – Vocals/Keyboards
Chris Foley – Guitar
Matt Basile – Bass Guitar
Gunnar Olsen – Drums