TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview. This time featuring Mother Feather, the pop cock rock band from NYC!
For those of you who don’t know, pop cock-rock is characterized by anthemic riffs, now-or-never bravado, and tight dance beats bolstered by pop precision and purity of mission. This style of music has recently taken over the NYC club scene and is led by artist’s like Mother Feather. Their ferocious and enthralling live show, epic songs, and larger than life costumes and dance assure their audience of of their submission to the cult!
“Mother Feather has become a staple for New York City’s underground music scene.”
– Interview Magazine
“Mother Feather are as gritty and New York as it gets.”
– Village Voice
Photo by Shervin Lainez
Let’s check out some of their music below!
Here’s their song “Mother Feather” of their Mother Feather EP!
And “Egyptology”, recorded live at Rockwood Music Hall!
**NOW HERE’S OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MOTHER FEATHER**
1. What’s your bands name? Where did the name come from?
Mother Feather landed in my mouth by a direct message from my subconscious via a Freudian slip. It started as an obscenity, tongue-twisted into the name of my deepest desire.
2. The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
Keeping a band together for six years has been the biggest struggle, and also accomplishment.
3. What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
I think we could play anything we put our minds to, but currently I’m interested in utter commitment to my instrument. I’m still learning worlds about using my voice, I’m not ready to diversify!
As far as the other guys, they’re craftsmen. They’re all profoundly musical so of course they can shred other instruments but it’s sort of like asking Jiro what other types of food he can make. Who cares? Nobody goes to Jiro for spaghetti.
4. Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
Pop Cock Rock and I chose each other. We saw in each other something the other needed.
5. Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
Nova Festival 2012 in Sussex, in England. The weather was a glorious disaster and it threw the proceedings into total mayhem. We had come a long way to get there, and we weren’t going to leave without giving those muddy soggy kids a SHOW. We lassoed the lighting. I’ll never forget it.
6. Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
Oh yes! We have big news to announce very soon.
7. Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
I’ve been writing lots of pop songs with other people in the past year. It’s deeply gratifying.
8. What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
Bowery Ballroom is always a treat to play and Rockwood Music Hall holds a very special place in my heart.
9. How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
The first and most important step: start with a great show. Then it helps if you have evidence of that show—strong photos and enthusiastic personal testimony, ideally. Live videos are tricky because it’s an entire art unto itself with so many more variables to control. Most importantly, make your show something awesome to witness and share. If you build it…
10. Do you have any mottos?
“Rise to meet your Mother Feather,” and “That’s the way the cookie bounces.”
11. What artists inspire you?
Easy! Lizzie. She’s such a deep, multi-faceted performer, and having performed a zillion shows over the past few years with Third Rail Projects NYC she’s become fluent in language of physical performance. Lizzie has always been magnetic but she’s developed and cultivated her stage presence through years of practice. It’s inspiring.
Tomas Ives is an illustrator and visual artist from Santiago whose work I was introduced to when he sent us some Mother Feather fan art a few years ago. Now I’m his fan!
12. What’s next for your band?
Black Bear Bar on Sept 11 and an exciting October, which I’ll tell you about later this month!
13. What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
When I’m not spinning on my head on the dancefloor or writing hits for the next Mother Feather album, you can find me hula hooping in my apartment to Youtube videos of Grace Jones hula hooping, assembling Mother Feather costumes, and coping with an incorrigibly petulant housecat.
14. What’s your favorite song right now?
I wore out Haley Bonar’s last record Last War. It’s a compact album dense with favorite songs but if hard pressed I might pick “Bad Reputation” because the writing is so tight and utterly wrenching. I’ve been craving to hear Tom Petty’s “Running Down a Dream” lately and I can always listen to Ariana Grande sing “Love Me Harder” on repeat.
Huge thank you to Mother Feather for taking their time to do this interview for all of us!
Check out more of Mother Feather and their music through the links below!