1) Living, Breathing
3) Natural Disaster
5) Mother Feather
7) Beach House
8) The Power
9) They Tore Down The SK8 Park
OUR RATING (out of 10)
Now here's a name that's been on the lips of everyone at M-Live for a little while now. First impressions are that I am reminded of Rocky Horror and Ziggy Stardust and I immediately begin to try and imagine what the music sounds like. My first preconception is female fronted hard rock or metal, sounding similar to the likes of bands from Rock Bitch to Doro Pesch's Warlock. You'd think that signed to a label like Metal Blade Records, my guess about the music would be fairly close.
Let me tell you, I couldn't be more wrong!!
A small word of warning, this is about as far away from metal as you're going to get without passing the 'no heaviness allowed' sign that proclaims the territory of 'lets string together a few chords and get ridiculous hair cuts to make ourselves look cool and make something disposable while we get hailed as a breakthrough in music land' (ever listened to Oasis or Franz Ferdinand? Well there you go). Despite my misgivings against some non heavy music, Mother Feather manages to retain quite a fresh and happy pop rock sound. I feel that main songwriter Ann Courtney has made a smart move in this respect, as she's managed to capture optimistic atmosphere with some punchy sounding and scratchy guitar riffs, while remaining generally reflective and intelligent. I think that this will be a defining sound on future full lengths and I do hope for their sake that they wish to keep the same formula, as many of the songs here could quite happily sit in mainstream music and do pretty good.
I won't waste your time by providing a detailed analysis of each track, but a couple of them really stood out. 'Natural Disaster' has a very Black Sabbath chord progression and is perhaps one of the more rocky sounding songs on offer. The other is 'Egyptology', which is an cleverly written ode to the self, detailing a personal rebirth of sorts. Lastly, while not a favourite of mine, 'Trampoline' stood out due to it's accessibility, and sense of humour. It somehow manages to be secretly lurid, while sounding like it could be a top 40 hit. And while I'm not a firm fan, Mother Feather are VERY good at what they do. I can see the merit of Brian Slagel's decision to sign these guys, they are a multidimensional and lively crowd pleaser for sure.
Please also see our interview with Elizabeth Carena (vox/keys) and Matt Basile (bass) here.
Words by Paul Clarke.