Just like the saying goes ”March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb.” The same can be said for the March music scene in Atlanta, with Savannah Stopover and SXSW just on the horizon; you can guarantee that musicians are on the run to either festival and are bound to stop through Atlanta to play a show. With a rather stacked month of really great music, the show we were most anticipating while scanning the calendar was Mothers at The Earl last Saturday night. With the release of When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, and making our list of 15 Debut Albums to Look Forward to in 2016; we still stand by our original statements, Mothers debut release is on track of becoming one of our best albums for 2016.
Atlanta natives Warehouse took the stage of The Earl and impressed us with their slightly experimental sound. The post-punk band with a slight new wave twist is lead by Elaine Edenfield’s rather abrasive abstract punk styled vocal. The impressive guitar playing of Ben Jackson and Alex Bailey, brings an enormous amount of energy, while Doug Bleichner’s drum rounds out the sound along with Josh Hughes’ bass line. Warehouse has a debut full-length to their name, Tesseract released in July of 2014 and was reissued on cassette after being picked up by Bayonet Records in March of 2015.
As Warehouse begins to play you start to notice the talent behind each instrument, the guitars are timed and meticulously perfect with every cord. Edenfield’s voice is their more as a tool than to be understood; the harshness of her vocal adds an element of surprise to how well it accompanies what surrounds it. Their sound keeps your attention on them from the minute they begin to play; you can’t stop watching them because of how well they play to the fast paced tempos they are creating without ever breaking stride. Yeah you might think it’s slightly weird at first, but before you know it, you begin to make sense of it all. Warehouse has been working on their forthcoming album with no release date announced as of yet. We are looking forward to what this band has in store for its upcoming album and future shows.
This was a highly anticipated show from the Athens Georgia natives, Mothers. After they recently released their highly anticipated album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired this past February via Grand Jury Records, it is easy to see why their show SOLD OUT The EARL.
The experimental folk band gives you something entirely beautiful, and ushers in a fury of emotions that you might not have known existed before hearing Kristine Leschper belt out her sorrowful melodies. Kristine encompasses something truly folk like with her lyrics while her very talented band backs up the awe-striking statements that she’s conveying through to the crowd in a unique alternative kind of way. She stuns us all silent with her version of “Copper Mines,” with a slight abrasiveness that screams without shouting or raising her voice. She creates a fog of emotion with every chord struck and lyric sung that lingers throughout the room and demands that you take it all in. Her band shreds the builds and transitions with each song they played for us that night, bringing a higher caliber type of show, one that requires you to pay attention to the artistry that’s being brought to the stage. They took everything we loved about their album and heightened the experience ten-fold. Technically their set was just as perfect as what we expected or wanted it to be. Mothers closed their set with a solo performance of Kristine performing a stunning version of “Mother and Wife” from a bonus disc of demos released as a B-Side and available with in-store purchases of their full-length album. Her simple guitar against her slightly ethereal vocal was the perfect end to the mind-blowing evening.
Mothers have set a bar regarding what a good show is defined by. We can only see this band going up from here and not backing into any particular corner regarding what they can and will produce from here. Given that we are only into March, we can honestly say this is probably one of the best shows we have seen thus far for 2016. Mothers is currently on an extensive tour in the US promoting their album. If you get the chance to see them, I would not let this show slip from your grasp, Mothers is a band to go out of your way to see and fawn over just as we have.
Going to Savannah Stopover? Join us on March, 10th to see Mothers perform at Wild Wing 27 Barnard Street Savannah, Georgia
More photos by Mike Gerry from an incredible night: