Earlier this year, we had the distinct pleasure of releasing Mothers’ When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired. It’s a hauntingly beautiful piece of art-damaged rock and tangled anti-folk that got everyone from NPR to the New York Times up in arms. Since then the band has toured basically non-stop (they’re playing Lolla this weekend, as a matter of fact!) Today, they pause in the midst of their year-long trek across America to unveil a deluxe edition of the album, featuring five previously-unheard songs, including “Easy As Possible,” which is also available on 7″ at your local record store or over in our GJ shop. The new tunes add even more depth to one of the most special things we’ve ever released. Hear for yourself now.
Earlier today Interview Magazine premiered “Easy As Possible,” a new song from Athens, GA’s Mothers, taken from the forthcoming digital deluxe edition of When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired. The expanded version of the album, which features 5 never-before-heard tracks, will be released on July 29th anywhere you download or stream your music.
The digital deluxe edition will also be accompanied by a physical 7″ vinyl featuring an A-side of “Accessory Cloud” and B-side of “Easy as Possible.” You can pre-order that now in the GJ shop, pick it up from your local record store on July 29th, or get it directly from the band at one of their upcoming shows. Speaking of upcoming shows, Mothers recently announced a full month’s worth of dates this fall in support of UK’s Band of Skulls. The tour kicks off in early September. Tickets over in the tour section.
01 Too Small For Eyes
02 It Hurts Until It Doesn’t
03 Copper Mines
04 Nesting Behavior
07 Burden Of Proof
08 Hold Your Own Hand
09 Accessory Cloud
10 Paradise At Last
11 Easy As Possible
12 Get Around
13 Mother And Wife
We’re sort of old, so our own memories of getting our wisdom teeth yanked are a bit fuzzy. Luckily the internet is a playground filled with YouTube videos of kids awaking from drug-induced slumbers, cheeks fat like chipmunks, convinced that they’re adopted, or that they just got back from Dubai and it was “lit.”
In the video for Mothers’ “Copper Mines” – imagined, filmed and edited by Ryan Ohm, Jackson James and the Weird Life Films team – we get to see a full day’s worth of disorientation and wooziness that’s pretty well encapsulated by the thumbnail below. Watch for yourself, then go see this band at one of the forty-nine festivals they’re playing this summer.
Earlier this year, Mothers stopped by the NPR offices to film a Tiny Desk Concert. Now you can watch the live session here. The band played three songs from their debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired–“Too Small For Eyes” and “Burden of Proof”– and one unreleased track: “Mother and Wife.” The performance is honest and haunting; equally empowering and introspective. Watch the set and find out for yourself.
And if this inspires you to catch the band live – as it should – they have a fair amount of shows left in the US and abroad. For the full tour schedule, visit our website.
Mothers blessed one of our favorite tracks – “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t” – with a music video today. c Watch the full video above and hear Kristine talk about her dear lost friend over on Stereogum.
“your cat is a friendly brother
who would offer his heart with allegiance
and if he could talk we’d be best friends
the only friend he has is his food”
– vashti bunyan, prospect hummer
Mothers debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired is now out in the world! And people are saying all sorts of nice things about this one. For instance:
“Mothers is 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] songs toe the line between free-falling folk and embittered punk, somewhere between baring your soul and baring your teeth.” – Stereogum
And starting today, you can head over to your local independent record store and snag a very special, limited edition package which includes the beautiful clear green vinyl, the bonus track “Accessory Cloud,” and a zine designed by the band exclusively for the album. We only made 300 of these gems, so don’t dawdle.
Finally, don’t forget: Mothers is still on the road! Catch the band now during their US tour; you can find the dates here.
Check out the whole video here, and be sure to catch the band on the road right now, as they’re in the midst of a massive 60-date tour. Seriously, find them and thank them for working so hard. And, of course, be sure to pre-order your copy of the album over in our GJ shop – it comes on coke clear vinyl, and includes a vinyl-only exclusive track called “Accessory Cloud.”
Mothers announce new album “When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired”, share first single “Copper Mines”
New song, new pre-order, more tour dates. So much to report in the world of Mothers. This morning, Noisey unveiled “Copper Mines,” a new song from the Athens four-piece’s February 26th LP, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired.
The album is now available for pre-order. Reserve it on iTunes for $7.99 and immediately receive downloads of “Copper Mines,” and the previously released “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t” and “Too Small For Eyes.” Or if you’d prefer a vinyl copy (yeah, we figured you would…), you can get a limited-edition coke-clear 12″ version in our shop or directly from the band. Features a download of the album with a vinyl-only exclusive called “Accessory Cloud.”
Or, if you’d rather support your local record shop (!!!), you can wait until February 26th and get a version of the album exclusive to independent record stores. That comes on clear green wax, includes the vinyl-only track mentioned above, but also features a zine designed by the band exclusively for the album. It’s limited to 300 pieces, so it’ll probably go fast. Here are pictures. And if you’re unsure of where your local record store is, the folks at Record Store Day have got you covered.
In other news, the band has added dates to their massive tour. Check out our tour section for all of them!
Mothers announce debut album “When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired”, share first single “Too Small For Eyes”
We’ve been keeping this secret since CMJ, but today we can finally announce that the debut LP from Mothers, When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired, will be released via Grand Jury on February 26th, with our friends at Wichita handling the rest of the world.
Earlier today, “Too Small For Eyes” was premiered in this week’s All Songs Considered podcast on NPR. “Don’t get fooled by the mandolin,” says Bob Boilen. “This record goes all over the map in wonderful, wonderful ways” He’s right. And you’ll have an opportunity to pre-order it starting in early 2016. Until then, buy some tickets to one of the band’s 4,000 upcoming shows. No, really, there are 4,000 of them.
12.31.15 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
01.07.16 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
01.08.16 Greenville, SC @ Independent Public Warehouse
01.09.16 Macon, GA @ The Hummingbird
01.12.16 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
01.13.16 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Bar
01.14.16 Miami, FL @ Churchills
01.15.16 Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
01.16.16 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
01.20.16 Charlotte, NC @ Double Door
01.21.16 Winston-Salem, NC @ The Garage
01.22.16 Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade
01.23.16 Norfolk, VA @ Work Release
01.24.16 Harrisonburg, VA @ Artful Dog
01.27.16 New Haven, CT @ BAR
01.28.16 Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar
01.29.16 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
02.01.16 New York City, NY @ Berlin
02.02.16 Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge
02.03.16 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall (Communion Presents)
02.04.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy (Communion Presents)
02.05.16 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java (Communion Presents)
02.06.16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
02.07.16 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
02.10.16 Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox (Communion Presents)
02.11.16 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar (Communion Presents)
02.12.16 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
02.14.16 Columbia, MO @ Café Berlin
02.15.16 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
02.16.16 Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers
02.18.16 Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter Music Festival
02.24.16 London, UK @ Servant Jazz Quarters
02.26.16 London, UK @ Lexington
03.03.16 Sarasota, FL @ Ringling Museum
03.04.16 Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
03.05.16 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03.10.16 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
03.13.16 Denton, TX @ 35 Denton
03.15.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.16.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.17.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.18.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.19.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03.21.16 Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor
03.22.16 Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
03.23.16 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
03.24.16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03.25.16 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
03.28.16 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project %
03.29.16 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %
03.31.16 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw
04.01.16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
% w/ All Dogs
* w/ New Madrid
Behold! The new single from Mothers, “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t,” was released yesterday over on Stereogum. The band is spending the next few days in NYC basically playing another show every few hours – plenty of chances to catch them if you’re in town for CMJ.
NYMag’s Vulture had this to say, and we agree: “Mothers is one of the most talked-about up-and-coming acts on this year’s never-ending roster. The lo-fi guitar on “it hurts until it doesn’t” is matched by lead singer Kristine Leschper’s haunting voice, which sounds both plaintive and threatening at the same time. All evidence suggests this quartet from Athens, Georgia, will live up to the hype.”
Wed. Oct. 14 – 1:45pm @ Pianos (Kanine Records)
Wed. Oct. 14 – 11:15pm @ The Silent Barn (Wichita Recordings)
Thu. Oct. 15 – 4:10pm @ Cake Shop (NYC Taper Presents)
Thu. Oct. 15 – 7:15pm @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 (UTA Presents)
Fri. Oct. 16 – 4:10pm @ Berlin (ROSQUATCH- an official hairy ~ sweaty CMJ Showcase)
Fri. Oct. 16 – 9pm @ Rough Trade (Aquarium Drunkard Presents)
Sat. Oct. 17 – 2pm @ South Street Seaport
Sat. Oct. 17 – 7pm @ Pianos (BirDog Promo Party)