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Mother Feather, Denny Love, Douglas & the Goodharts
Jan 29, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm| $12.00
With their ferocious and enthralling live show, Mother Feather has ignited a wildfire of followers since hitting the New York club scene in 2010.
Epic songs warrant larger-than-life costumes and dance, and a garishly bedazzled Courtney and hype-woman sidekick Lizzie Carena slither, thrust, and high-kick their way through a set that invokes Marc Bolan’s cheeky swagger, Bowie’s braggadocio, and the howl and shimmy of a “To Bring You My Love”-era PJ Harvey. This is pop cock-rock: anthemic riffs, now-or-never bravado, and tight dance beats bolstered by pop precision and purity of mission. “‘Mother Feather’ is the muse,” says Courtney. “It is the embodiment of your wildest inspiration. Every song is a challenge–to myself and the audience. I want catharsis and I want it now.”
On their debut recording, the “Mother Feather EP” (available Sept. 27 through independent release), the band teamed up with engineer Steve Wall (Jeff Taylor, Semi-Precious Weapons) to produce a charged, succinct expression of Mother Feather bombast. On the innuendo-laden club banger, “Trampoline,” (not coincidentally the location where Courtney writes many of her songs), she boasts, “I’m your tramp, trampoline/ you’ll hit heaven when you bounce on me.” A studied listen reveals the personification of an empowered voice speaking to a former self in the guise of a campy come-on. “Beach House” is an angst-ridden call to action propelled by Matt Basile’s driving bass and swathed in the jangly Pretender-esque guitar of Chris Foley. Drummer Gunnar Olsen anchors the swampy riff of “747” while thesis statement “Mother Feather” flaunts the thundering rock and banshee-howls that epitomize the band’s sound.