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“Masquerade” EP – Mother April 8, 2020

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Mother are a magnificent new band from Oxford. They have a new EP out called “Masquerade” and it is one of the best I heard in a long time. Fronted by vocalist Ignatius J Harris this band really pack some punch. Their first EP was produced by Mark Gardiner from the legendary Ride and this one is produced by Chris Barker of Willie J Healey and Premium Leisure and great production it is too!

We start with “Strangers”, which has a strong melancholic tincture of  Arctic Monkeys about it but that is not at all a bad thing. This track, in common with everything here, has a big helping of swagger.

Next up we have “Pretty Face”. This has a real bite and snarl about it. Fully equipped with a staggeringly good riff and excellent vocals this is a superb track. The rhythm section underpins this brilliantly and lends a real menace to this track, ending with a hint of Pistols style sneer.

“White Lies” summons up the Arctic’s comparisons again but as with every track, Mother add this to their own style and make it totally their own.

The alt-rock sound that opens the title track is a real breath of fresh air and “Masquerade” features beautifully impassioned vocals. A dark and cynical feel to this one which fades away to an echoey conclusion.

“LA” is a truly punchy song carried along on a bed of pulsing bass and drums.

“School Days” features some great guitar work and lovely keyboards. There’s a touch of an Iggy style croon here and this track really drips with sass and style.

Mother have completely and utterly got that “thing” that you find so rarely. You can see them getting that all-important break very soon. They are the tightest band I have heard in a long time from a rhythmic point of view. They have had praise and more importantly play from the legend that is Tom Robinson and have gigged with local (and national) hero Gaz Coombes so they definitely have the stuff to go all the way and stay there. Mother are not only one to watch, but they are also compulsory listening!

Written by Paul Bamlett

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“The greasepaint still sticks to my face” November 12, 2013

mott-the-hoopleI recently read an article on Mott The Hoople in Classic Rock magazine which was written by the extremely knowledgeable and very talented music writer Kris Needs. back in the early 70s Kris ran the Mott fan club for all the Seadivers (if you were one you will know what that means). I assume from the article that the fan club address was also Kris’ home address. On one occasion a young Asian girl turned up with some mates. She was studying at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford which is relatively close to where Kris lived in Aylesbury. This young woman had written to the fan club on many occasions and was mostly known to Kris as Member 262.

Mott+the+Hoople+3It turns out though that she was none other than Benazir Bhutto who went on to become Pakistan‘s Prime Minister before she was cruelly assassinated in 2007. I never knew that Benazir was a Mott The Hoople fan so I’d like to dedicate this post to her memory and I hope you now all enjoy “The Ballad Of Mott” and the excellent “Saturday Gigs“. finally if you ever come across something written by Kris Needs I recommend that you read it, he is bloody good! Especially his autobiography ‘Needs Must: A Very Rock ‘n’ Roll Story’. My good mate John Williams has a signed copy of it too; lucky git!


Kris Needs

Kris Needs


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