Have you ever been sat at your desk in your day job (I know not everyone has desks, stay with me) and dreamt of living the rock and roll lifestyle? I’m not talking champagne and private jets, I’m talking good old fashioned dirty rock. With loads of beer. And bikes. And maybe a few beards? That’s how this band makes me feel. I want to pack up and leave on a motorbike with nothing but a guitar on my back.
Mothership are another release from Ripple Music (seriously, does this label have any weak bands? I’ve not found one yet) and hail from Texas. These guys have hard rock running through their veins which is clearly evident in this album.
Screaming, dirty guitar riffs with tons of fuzz form the basis of pretty much all of the songs on Mothership which is just the way I like it. Gritty vocals weave their bourbon soaked magic (that’s an assumption, Mothership may be teetotal for all I know) throughout the riffery and I just can’t get enough. I’m struggling to pick a stand out track because they’re all utterly brilliant.
From the slightly proggy, Black Sabbath tinged “Hallucination” to the all out rock and roll assault that is “Cosmic Rain”, there is something for every hard southern rock fan on this album. You know what’s also great about this album? You can get it on vinyl. Not just any vinyl, but a choice of three different colours – one is beer coloured. Genius. Mothership is made for vinyl. On “City Nights”, Mothership boldly proclaim the mantra “don’t believe everything they say, because Rock and Roll is here to stay.” Well if it sounds like this, they’re definitely right.