This Mothers article was written by GIGSoup contributor Kelly Crichton. Edited by Fraisia Dunn.
This evocatively-entitled debut album from Athens, Georgia band Mothers has been hotly anticipated in some indie-press corners. Originally a solo project, singer and songwriter, Kristine Leschper has built upon foundations she carved out by recruiting other musicians Matthew Anderegg (drums), Drew Kirby (guitar), and Patrick Morales (bass). Add Producer Drew Vanderberg, who has previously worked with the likes of Deerhunter and Porcelain Raft and the end result is ‘When You Walk a Long Time You Are Tired’.
Album opener ‘Too Small For Eyes’ is a haunting lament which uses strings to beautifully complement Leschper’s pain-laced vocal. ‘Lockjaw’ is one of the stronger tracks on the album, it’s grittier and exemplifies what Mothers do well, and need to do more of.
It’s not surprising to find out Leschper was an art student studying printmaking for much of the creative process for this album. Every detail of the album feels as if it has been intensely scrutinised through a long, exhaustive process. Indeed, it comes across as too intense at times but as in ‘Lockjaw’ there are glimmers of a richer, more rewarding path that could illuminate this bands future. Another example of this is ‘Hold Your Own Hand’, and albeit an epic 6mins 55secs long it sways between sounding exactly the like almost every other track on the album and a robust, full sound that is more confident and persuasive.
There is something ultimately charming about this record but as the title might imply, you had better be in it for the long haul. This young band have a future making music for sure but haven’t yet discovered their true potential.
Mothers play three dates in London this month to support the album:
24th Servant Jazz Quarters
26th The Lexington
27th at Rough Trade East.
Mothers debut album ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’, is out on the 26th February via Wichita Recordings.