Taken from debut album ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ out 26th February via Wichita Recordings
Two debut London dates confirmed for February +
Mothers are pleased to unveil a new track from their forthcoming debut album – listen to ‘Copper Mines’ below…
The Athens, Georgia-based quartet will release their debut album ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ on February 26th, 2016. The band are comprised of Kristine Leschper (vocals/guitar), Matthew Anderegg (drums), Drew Kirby (guitar), and Patrick Morales (bass).
‘Copper Mines’ is another timely introduction to this fascinating US act who picked up much acclaim at last year’s CMJ conference in New York. It’s a slack-jawed peach of a tune that oscillates wildly, switching through the gears with ease and humming with vocalist Kristine Leschper’s distinctive vocal delivery.
The album is available to pre-order now through the Wichita store. The CD + LP pre-order (http://www.wichita-recordings.com/shop/category/mothers ) will include a handmade chapbook with lyrics for the album and instant grat downloads of ‘Copper Mines’ & ‘Too Small For Eyes‘. The digital version of the record features a bonus track, ‘Accessory Cloud’ with instant downloads available now of both ‘Copper Mines’ and ‘Too Small For Eyes’. Pre-order the digital versions here.
The band arrive in London next month for their first UK live dates at Servant Jazz Quarters, and The Lexington. Tickets are available now through MusicGlue or the Dice app:
Wednesday 24th February – Servant Jazz Quarters, London
Friday 26th February – The Lexington, London
Produced by Drew Vandenberg – who has worked on albums by Of Montreal, Deerhunter and Porcelain Raft – at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia in December 2014,‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ features collaborations with Josh McKay of Deerhunter on vibraphone as well as McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids, who played bass and provided string arrangements throughout. Comprised of eight songs – the majority of which were written while Leschper was finishing art school in early 2014 – Mothers’ debut LP is an introduction to the foundations of the young band, a snapshot of a particular period of their genesis that maps both where they began and where they are heading.
The album’s bookends perhaps most explicitly display this musical chronology. The gorgeous, recently shared “Too Small For Eyes” was the only one of a few solo songs Leschper had written on the mandolin that made it onto the album, its use of space, piano, strings, and her voice entwining and undulating to elegantly set the stage for what unfolds afterward; closer “Hold Your Own Hand” blooms from its plaintive opening bars to an ascendant, spirally waltz to an uproarious math-y breakdown, hinting at the louder, more post-rock and math rock-influenced sound for which their live show is fast becoming known for.
Across the album, Leschper meditates on the human condition: what anyone’s place is in the universe; what is our value; mortality; and what it means to have relationships in consideration of all these things. And while the songs are filtered through her frequently difficult, personal microcosmic experiences, she relates them in a manner that is at once highly intimate and readily universal. At heart, ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ is about being alive, and just how surprisingly unmooring – and exhausting – this fundamental thing can be. The album is a window into the long path Leschper traveled while creating it: breathtakingly honest and rooted in the subconscious of one’s journey.
‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ Tracklist:
1). “Too Small For Eyes”
2). “It Hurts Until it Doesn’t”
3). “Copper Mines”
4). “Nesting Behavior”
7). “Burden of Proof”
8). “Hold Your Own Hand”