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When you hear the word "Mother," what comes to mind? The word in itself is strong, forceful, and commanding, while bringing about a life giving, nurturing feeling. This group of four from the New York metropolitan area encompasses the above and much more. From the stage, Mother is in charge, much like in the household. The energy and confidence is what drives each performance of their heavy, groove-driven aural fix. Meanwhile, the songs will scoop you up by the hips and hold you in place searching for more once the last note settles.
Formed in the spring of 2011, these newborns have grown fast enough to fulfill the duties of their moniker in a very short time. Upon asking, the guys might tell you they met on E-Harmony, or in a Guatemalan jail cell. The truth: the perfect combination of being in the right place with the right people at the right time. Vocalist Nick Fargo and Bassist Johnny Bass had a previous musical relationship in the New Jersey based Zodiac. The dissolution of this group sparked an introduction to guitarist Mike Gowen, fresh off the bus in NYC eager to find a match. In 2013, Marshall Castaneda, hailing from the Bronx, completed the group by bringing his heavy hitting rock and metal grooves. He delivers the power and energy that drives the machine they call Mother.
The members embrace their own internal dissonance. Hence the name of their debut release, Dissonant Young. Upon meeting it was hard to get a feel for what road their sound would take. These fellas closed their eyes, and let it take over. A listener may be able to pick out bits and pieces of individual influences, but as a whole, this is something new. Taking hints from monsters like Sabbath and Zeppelin, passing it through the compositions of Queen or Muse, and surrounding it with bottom heavy reminders of Pantera, Soundgarden, and Godsmack; these being just a few pieces of the sonic puzzle. Tack on a well-placed piano and a mixed vocal style marrying the likes of Layne Staley and Jeff Buckley, you are well on your way to a solution.
Dissonant Young was released in January of 2012 to a beyond capacity crowd at The Bitter End in NYC. The record flows in a fashion that doesn't let you turn away, much like the band's live show. Staples such as "Digital Monster" and "As You Run" pack a fast and heavy punch; while "So Long" and "Out Alive" bring a serenade-like blues feel to the table. When Mother takes the stage, not a soul will leave without remembering that name. A local club or bar quickly transforms into a stadium sized stage with a sound to match, and everyone in attendance takes notice. Make sure to follow this group and their extensive show schedule. They are breaking quickly and there are no signs of slowing down! Find them touring the northeast throughout the summer and into the fall.