Debut album ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’out now via Wichita Recordings
Friday 20th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton UK (tickets)
Sunday 22nd May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff UK (tickets)
Monday 23rd May – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK (tickets)
Tuesday 24th May – Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK (tickets)
Wednesday 25th May – Gullivers, Manchester UK (tickets)
Saturday 28th May – De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam NL (tickets)
Tuesday 31st May – La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris FRA (tickets)
Thursday 2nd June – Musik & Frieden, Berlin GER (tickets)
Critical acclaim for When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, out now on Wichita Recordings:
“As you would hope from a band helmed by a visual artist from Athens, Georgia, When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired is full of ideas and refreshingly uninhibited by tradition” – The Guardian
“A four-piece from Athens, Georgia, who got noticed last summer with No Crying in Baseball. The song showcased Kristine Leschper’s extraordinary voice – equal parts intense vulnerability and strident declamation – and ruminative lyrics, which hover over chamber folk and post-rock sprawl” – Sunday Times Culture – Breaking Act
“If you’re looking to have your heart pulled out of your chest and into pieces in front of your eyes then get to see Mothers asap… lyrically they stand out head and shoulders above any peers.” – NME
“Forming beauty out of heart-shattering destruction. Their brittle, acoustic-led tracks often evolve into intense beasts, honesty defining every stroke” – DIY
“A band you’re going to want to keep at least one eye, maybe two, on this year. Kristine Leschper’s voice is a slow, hypnotizing croon that will sooth your soul of whatever worries it might have”. – Noisey
“Mothers are ready to release what we expect will be one of the best debuts of 2016” –The Line of Best Fit
“The Athens, GA-based best new band practice in the art of the obtusely confessional.” –Stereogum
“When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired…combines the twangy rhythms of old-timey folk, orchestral arrangements, and the mournful, almost haunting voice of Kristine Leschper.” – ELLE
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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 Kristine 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.
The band are comprised of Kristine Leschper (vocals/guitar), Matthew Anderegg (drums), Drew Kirby (guitar), and Patrick Morales (bass).
The album is available to order now through the Wichita store. The CD + LP order (http://www.wichita-recordings.com/shop/category/mothers ) will include a handmade chapbook with lyrics for the album, and the digital version of the record features a bonus track, ‘Accessory Cloud’. Order the digital versions here.