Declared “post-punk with a pulse” by Wild Honey Pie, Mothers sophomore effort Render Another Ugly Method is out now (Sept 7 via Anti- Records). In celebration of their new record, Mothers will perform in Pittsburgh at Spirit Lodge on Thursday, November 1.
Now based in Philadelphia, Mothers originated in Athens, Georgia where Leschper was attending printmaking school. In 2016 they released their debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired to great critical acclaim. Named a Stereogum ‘Band To Watch’, Pitchfork’s review of the album compared Leschper to Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten while Noisey exclaimed that the record “is singer-songwriter prog rock for grown up emo kids.” When You Walk also kicked off a sprawling eight months of touring across the US, UK and Europe, as the group honed their take on left-of-center indie rock with an explosive and surprising live show that displayed how forceful the songs translated to a full-band setting.
Render Another Ugly Method, produced by John Congleton, attempts to gain an expanded view of its surroundings through splintered sound, thought, and image. “Shifting, polyrhythmic song structures and unexpected refrains are sure to disorient in a way that can only be pulled off by a band like Mothers,” said Stereogum of RAUM’s unique sound.
Leschper confronted herself with the making of Render Another Ugly Method; by addressing her own experiences of attempting to validate herself through work, she began to understand the harmful and often indulgent nature of inextricably coupling the quality of your creative output to your right to exist.