Everyone’s band bios relay how innovative their sound is, but Motherhood’s sound really is innovative. Honest. Described as widely as weirdo country, circus punk, and black metal fusion, the New Brunswick-based trio has reluctantly settled on “avant-rock” as a catch-all. But as their genre remains illusory, their aesthetic is palpable: if you get comfortable, you deserve to be duped.
Formed in 2010, Motherhood has released two full-lengths, an EP, and a split tape to date. The band has spent several years cutting their teeth on the road, touring nationally and playing notable national festivals to consistently confounded audiences - and that’s just how they like it. 2017 promises big things for Motherhood, with CMW, Lawnya Vawnya, Paddlefest, Quality Block Party, Flourish Fest, Ottawa Explosion, Fringe POP and Sled Island already crossed off the list, and POP Montreal and Halifax POP Explosion yet to come. The band is nearly finished recording what will be their third studio album, Dear Bongo, set for release in 2018.
“Unbeknownst to Motherhood, they were the start of my rock and roll salvation; I'd reached a point where the only music I listened to was Rod Stewart's first solo album. It's a great record, but I wasn't in a good place musically. Chris Thompson made me go see them, and I loved them; I needed to see the passion again, and they were so damn cute. Now, some four plus years later, that I find myself party to what's under the hood of The Mums it's even more exciting and inspiring. Amazing people making amazing music to shake both your ass and your fist to! I love them.”
- Peter Rowan, Co-Founder of Halifax Pop Explosion and Pop Montreal, Founder of Greville Tapes Music Club
“Motherhood is one of the most influential bands to come out of Fredericton in the past decade, if not THE most. Their sound and style are incomparable. Definitely a band we'll still be talking about for years to come.”
- Erin Bond, Station Manager, CHSR
Of the mysterious vandalism of a NB venue, sound technician said “of all the bands that played here that weekend, I figured it must have been Motherhood, cuz they’re the most rock and roll.” to which Motherhood recoiled in both shock and honour (they aren’t vandals, but appreciate the vote of confidence).