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Mothers' new album, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, comes out Feb. 26.

To celebrate the release of their debut album ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’,

“When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired sounds like the work of an artist who’s seeking out an understanding of herself and the world around her. There’s a deep underpinning of melancholy and sorrow here, but to watch these songs performed live is to witness a band that’s growing into something fuller and more intense every day. These songs feel like a snapshot of a time getting left behind rather than lived in, performed by a riveting, honest band.”

 

The CD + LP  will include a handmade chapbook with lyrics for the album and instant downloads of ‘Copper Mines’ & ‘Too Small For Eyes’. The digital version of the record features a bonus track, ‘Accessory Cloud’ with instant downloads available now of both ‘Copper Mines’ and ‘Too Small For Eyes’.

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What started as a solo musical endeavor of Athens, Georgia native Kristine Leschper has turned into a promising band that we now know as Mothers. Earlier this year they released their rather lovely debut offering, “When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired”, via Grand Jury Music.
The group first caught my attention last year during CMJ, where their powerful and emotive live show caught my attention. They returned to New York in February for a performance giving us a taste of what was to come on the released album. the album is a sprawling multi-instrumental landscape, shaped out of exhaustively experimental song structures. Each song follows its own erratic path, and even the most serene moments teeter on the edge of dissolution, about to give away to chaotic instrumental interludes. The album is therefore easy to disappear into, and lengthy, winding songs like “Nesting Behavior” and “Hold Your Own Hand” are the entryway. The submersing atmosphere is the work of the instrumentation, from the simple, frail sound of the plucked mandolin to the bigger orchestral arrangements.

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The group sounded every bit as strong as I recalled, powerfully going through the shape-shifting stop-start sounds off the album, offering emotional insight that connected at all angles. As great as their record is, there’s just something special about this band live that is sort of missing on recordings. Mothers are a band that will continue to grow and evolve over the years, with every show providing as unique opportunity as the next. I’m already waiting to catch them again the next time they return to us hopefully early next year with a new album.
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If we’re totally honest it’s quite rare that the deluxe edition of an album really adds anything new to the joys of the original. That said, with an album as good as the Mother’s debut, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, we’re more than willing to test out our theory. This week the Athens quartet have confirmed details of a deluxe digital edition of their debut, which will feature five previously unreleased tracks.

Mothers have also shared the first of those tracks, in the shape of Easy As Possible. The home demo was recorded between finishing their debut record and the album’s release and is the first indication of where the band’s music may go next. Easy As Possible builds around a pulsing, plodding keyboard line, rich with complex echoing tones and gentle twinkling distortions, Kristine Leschper’s haunting vocal enters, as bassy synths and fluttering processed beats drift in and out of earshot. It feels rough around the edges as demos often do, but in its unpolished, almost unfinished mood arguably lies much of its charm. It shows a band willing to experiment with a variety of song writing methods and musical textures , and it’s utterly thrilling. Many of these new tracks were showcased on the band’s superb recent tour dates, and the deluxe album’s release will coincide with European dates at the back end of the summer. If you haven’t seen this band yet, you’ve obviously not been listening to us and we don’t know what you’re waiting for.

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The deluxe edition of When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired is out July 29th via Wichita Recordings.

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We don’t know if Athens, Georgia based quartet MOTHERS already have a certain buzz but if not NOTHING BUT HOPE AND PASSION is happy to jump on the bandwagon. The American four-piece delivers melancholic and soulful lo-fi melodies that are carried by the stunning voice of lead singer Kristine Leschper. Their forthcoming debut LP goes by the name When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired and was released via Wichita Recordings on February 26th and fans of dreamy dejection in the style of early Parachutes-era COLDPLAY and DAUGHTER will fall for this, 

The record was produced with the help of Drew Vandenberg (OF MONTREAL, PORCELAIN RAFT) at the Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia back in December 2014. “No Crying In Baseball”, the song that now comes with a sinister music won’t be part of the record but Copper Mines will so we thought we just give you both to convince you of MOTHERS‘ quality. Prepare yourself to fall in love with this band now.

Mothers have announced news of more UK/European headline shows for May and June. Support will come from new Wichita Recordings signings,Globelamp. See all dates below:

Wednesday 18th May- Chats Palace, London UK
Friday 20th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton UK
Sunday 22nd May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff UK
Monday 23rd May – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham UK
Tuesday 24th May – Hug & Pint, Glasgow UK
Wednesday 25th May – Gullivers, Manchester UK
Saturday 28th May – De Nieuwe Anita, Amsterdam NL
Tuesday 31st May – La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris FRA
Thursday 2nd June – Musik & Frieden, Berlin GER

When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired features collaborations with Josh McKay of Deerhunter on vibraphone as well as McKendrick Bearden of Grand Vapids, who played bass and provided string arrangements throughout. Comprised of eight songs – the majority of which were written while Kristine Leschper was finishing art school in early 2014 – Mothers’ debut LP is an introduction to the foundations of the young band, a snapshot of a particular period of their genesis that maps both where they began and where they are heading.

Athens, GA band Mothers are on tour now, having just hit NYC for two shows: Berlin last night (2/1) and Palisades on Friday (1/29).

Mothers’ tour goes through April, SXSW included, and they’ve now tacked another NYC show on at the end. This one happens April 28 at Baby’s All Right.

Mothers’ debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired will be out by then (it’s due 2/25 via Grand Jury Record . They just made a video for their 2015 single “No Crying In Baseball”, which isn’t on the new album.

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Kristine Leschper of Mothers performs a new song inside a stairwell

There is quite possibly no band on this planet who’s album we’re more excited about currently than Mothers. Up until this week that was as a result of just one track, the stunning minimal-heartbreak that was the albums lead single, Too Small For Eyes. This week the band have shared another taster of the album in the shape of second single, Copper Mines; thankfully it lives up to our self imposed hype.

What we weren’t expecting though was the huge stylistic shift; whilst Too Small For Eyes was textural music, making use of space and allowing the beautiful vocal melody room to weave its way into your mind, Copper Mines is a completely different beast. Incorporating a more traditional rock sound, it’s resplendent with distorted guitars, crashing drum beats and waves of fuzzy thrills, lurching from the intensity of Fugazi to the slacker pop of Pavement. It’s a complete curveball which begs the question just what is their debut album going to sound like, we’re now a lot more unsure and perhaps even more excited to find out.

Mothers debut album, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, is out via Wichita Recordings on February 26th. Mothers will play their first UK dates in February

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There are few songs that you vividly remember the first time you heard them, but Too Small For Eyes, the recent single from Mothers was one of those moments. It was a stop what you’re doing, drop everything and just listen moment. The voice, belonging to front-woman Kristine Leschper, was simply jaw dropping, the musical accompaniment stunning, slowly building from the sparsest of strings to a crescendo of echoing piano chords and rich haunting strings. It is absolutely stunning!

Assuming that Too Small For Eyes wasn’t just a singular moment of brilliance, it’s safe to be very excited about Mothers upcoming debut album, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, which will see the light of day on Wichita Recordings next month. February will also see the band’s first ever live shows in London, but don’t expect it to be the last you hear of Mothers this year.

This week the band have shared another taster of the album in the shape of second single, Copper Mines; thankfully it lives up to our self imposed hype.

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What we weren’t expecting though was the huge stylistic shift; whilst Too Small For Eyes was textural music, making use of space and allowing the beautiful vocal melody room to weave its way into your mind, Copper Mines is a completely different beast. Incorporating a more traditional rock sound, it’s resplendent with distorted guitars, crashing drum beats and waves of fuzzy thrills, lurching from the intensity of Fugazi to the slacker pop of Pavement. It’s a complete curveball which begs the question just what is their debut album going to sound like, we’re now a lot more unsure and perhaps even more excited .

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This is the opening track of Mothers’ debut LP, “When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired”
available on 2.26.2016 via Grand Jury Music (US )/ Wichita Recordings (ROW)

Mothers are set for a big year in 2016, their debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ is expected early 2016.  At the heart of them is the piercing vocals and guitars of Kristine Leschper; her exquisite songs wrestle with the human condition across the eight tracks of a fantastically addictive and diverse album consisting of expertly pieced together shifting fragments of folk, driving Americana and waltzing math rock.