Hi, it us! We’re making a new record and it’s almost done! Well, the recording is almost done ~ just a couple synth and guitar tracks left. We’ve been recording back near Tin Can Beach in Saint John, NB, at Corey Bonnevie’s studio, aka Monopolized. Same place we made Baby Teeth. We just love the dude and the weird industrial landscape around there. We mums are very fortunate to have Kyle Cunjak (Forward Music Group, Force Fields, Olympic Symphonium, David Myles, etc. etc. etc.) be our big-shot producer this time around. WOW. It’s the first time we’ve ever worked with a producer, and he was certainly the right person for the job. After POP Montreal, we’ll be headed to Jay Crocker’s studio (JOYFULTALK, Jon Mckiel) in Crousetown, NS, to mix it and make it tasty, then off to mastering. weeeee.
Diamonds & Gold, our first full-length, was heavily produced, almost like pop music (lol); there were like 15 guitar tracks and 45 vocal tracks in every song. After Diamonds & Gold, we simplified everything quite a bit, using Problems and Baby Teeth to perfect our songwriting and explore different themes and feelings, keeping production to a minimum (Problems was live off the floor). For this album, we’re going back to a Diamonds & Gold vibe, but a much more mature effort. Like, we’re much better songwriters now, and we take ourselves way less seriously. This album’s got some pretty obvious Beach Boys, Beatles and Zappa influences, and we think you’re really going to like it.
In other news: We’re playing two shows at POP Montreal this year (Thursday, Sept. 14 at Barfly [lol], and Friday, Sept. 15 at Casa Del Popolo [w/Graham Van Pelt, Valleys, Napster Vertigo, & a Super Secret Guest]). Then we mix our album, then we play at the Capital on October 17th (WHOOP-Szo & Yamantaka // Sonic Titan). Holy heck! Then we got to Halifax Pop Explosion to play at Gus’ Pub on Friday, October 20th, with The Courtneys, FRIGS, & Bad POP. Wowowowowowowowowow!
Here are a few pics for u. bye <3
Session – Live in the Oven @ CJLO (Montreal)
Yo dawgs, if you want to peep some new tracks we’ve been working on, follow this link: https://soundcloud.com/cjlo1690am/sets/live-sessions-from-the-oven
Big ups to Patrick McDowell and his team of volunteers for stuffing us in a near literal oven to play some tracks! It was hot and sweaty and hot, but they worked real hard to make this work, so thanks <3
2017 has been good to yer mums so far. Checked a few things off the to-do/bucket list, including:
- Completing East Coast, Quebec & Ontario tours, playing with pals like Smokes, Mushy Gushy, No Aloha, Partner, Jon Mckiel, Cousins, La Fete, etc. <3 <3 <3
- Being featured on the Pentagon Black Compilation, a national comp put together by the smarties in the Famines. We covered Construction & Destruction’s song “The Oracle”.
- Teaching Owen Steel how to ROCK \m/ \m/ We were Owen’s backing band for 3 special shows at Quality Block Party, Paddlefest, and Lawnya Vawnya.
- Going to Newfoundland (for Lawnya Vawnya)! What a fantastic time. We played 4 SGs, ate seal meat, saw an iceberg, played dope shows, and met lots of cool people and cats.
- Doing a small tour with FET.NAT (Hull, Quebec). What a dope band, what dope dudes, and what a dope time. We miss them.
We’re pretty lucky to get to have so much fun, but the fun certainly doesn’t stop there. Coming up next we’ll be:
- recording a new full-length at Monopolized Studios. With Corey at the helm, and Nick Cobham and Kyle Cunjak as skipper and first mate, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be the wackiest album we’ve ever made.
- touring back to Ontario, this time for a run of shows including a birthday show for Penny at the Horseshoe (Toronto) and playing the Pentagon Black show at Ottawa Explosion. Other stops include Montreal (Fringe x POP x Passovah), Hamilton (the Casbah), and Montreal (Bar Le Ritz).
- going to see our friends in La Fete play with Deerhoof in Quebec City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow.
- flying out to Sled Island to play the POP Montreal showcase (with our LAPS pals!), and a Sloth Records in-store show.
Check our ‘shows’ page to see the other stuff we’re cooking up, lots of things to keep us busy and happy. Hope you can say the same!
ps: A few albums we’ve been listening to – Noli Timere (Construction & Destruction), Gaoler (FET.NAT), Dynasty House (Hooded Fang), Citizen’s Ban(ne)d Radio (WHOOP-Szo), John Prine (John Prine)
HOMETOWN HEROES & Student-Friendly Programming
Big show tonight, one for the buds. Sharing the stage with two of our favourite bands is a true honour, and we hope you’ll come check it out!
HOMETOWN HEROES at the Capital Complex, Fredericton
ft. The Hypochondriacs, Motherhood (hi!), & Cellarghost
$10 at the door / $6 with student ID
fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/584682571719632/
It’s only $6 for students. We’re trying desperately to build bridges to campus, despite it becoming increasingly more difficult.
UNB is putting a cramp in the local scene’s style, and I think it’s important to share. Local community organizers are unable to poster or otherwise promote any events on campus that happen off campus, unless they’re considered a ‘cultural event’ (aka the Playhouse or the Beaverbrook Art Gallery [institutional art]). Because our shows often happen in a bar or DIY space, they’re not considered ‘cultural’.
I was told to my face that I couldn’t poster for Motherhood shows on campus*, because it encourages binge-drinking. Wait…..what? Binge drinking has literally nothing to do with our art – and art it is. I guess we do “still drink that Moosehead Dry”…
We’ve also had trouble, despite reaching out several times, getting media coverage on campus through print publication. There are hundreds of young people on campus, gaining new experiences and craving local culture, and we’d love to be a part of that; the local scene has a lot to offer them.
Tonight’s show is the official after-party location for a Canadian University Press journalism conference being presented by UNB and the Brunswickan, but we’re having trouble getting it covered on campus. Of course, CHSR did and continues to cover so many local events, and are tireless warriors for the local arts scene. Thank you, CHSR, you rule so hard!
So we need your help! If you’re a student, or you are pals with students, hook them into the local scene as much as you can. And bring them to the show tonight! It’s going to be a real gong show.
*All of these experiences were at UNB/SUB, throwing no shade on NBCCD <3
HOMETOWN SHOW – NOV 18
Happy as clams to be back at the Capital this Friday, November 18th (facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1198120113593568/)! The Capital gave us a chance way back in like 2010 (when they really shouldn’t have cuz we sucked), and we’ve been playing there ever since.
When we play our hometown, we always make a concerted effort to book other bands that are doing interesting and good things; we’ve really outdone ourselves this time. Make sure to come early and check them out, or you’ll forever regret it.
((((here’s a thing that makes my heart sing: all these bands have women in them, and they shredddddddd))))
<<< TAMPA >>> is a 4-piece from Moncton. We used to play with their former band, Danger Cat, back in the day. That project faded away, but the boys in DC recently emerged with a new incredibly tasty pop/rock band, Tampa, made even better by the fact that Chatrine Noel (of Les Hay Babies fame) plays bass for them. It doesn’t seem like they have any recordings out yet, cuz they’re brand-spanking new, but you can check out their former project, Danger Cat, here:
and if you like that, imagine that thing but more upbeat and danceable (with just the best guitar riffs).
<<< Nightbummerz >>> (Halifax, NS) threw us for a loop at Shifty Bits Circus: Inf4rno (2015), which was possibly their first show???? And they’ve only been getting cooler since. Our longtime pals Al Pal and Cam Evans are joined by newtime pal Grace Stratton to make a spooky post-punkish new wavy band that is veryyyyyyyyy good. They’re on first, so if you’re always like “there’s not enough loud music in Fred, wah!” then get out early to see them and make your heart happy. Check ’em out here:
Motherhood will have BRAND NEW SHIRTS for sale. We haven’t had shirts since 2011, so it’s very exciting.
See you Fri!
xo luv u
and here’s a sneak peek of some photos Cam Crain took of us last week, in case you forget what we look like.
Efficacy Episode 169 (hehe) ft. Motherhood
We recently did an interview with our pal and confidante, Fergus Breen. It’s part of the Efficacy Series through the Bloom Effect in NYC. If you want to get to know the real us….well………….best wishes.
Here are the only pictures we could muster from our time on the road (nobody said it would be easy, everyone said it would be hard).
We’re in the WHOOP-Szo church doing chores (laundry, this) before headed to Sarnia .
The next day we’re in Peterborough at The Garnet and then we’re headed to Pop Montreal to join our Greville Tape Music Club family for a showcase of what we got on the 23rd.
See ya soon enough, Fredericton. I miss you.