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MOTHER release their new single "Pretty Face"

Mother are an Oxford-based band comprising Josh Alden (guitar/vocals), Danny Fisher (guitar), Everton Barbato (bass) and Thomas Hitch (drums). They've just dropped their brand new single "Pretty Face" - a piece of garage rock filled with psych grunge guitar rock riffs and acerbic vocals and is a follow-up to their amazing "School Days". You instantly get a taste of things to come when Josh's vocals kick the song off with a rasping rendition of the chorus.

We're treated to some 60's sounding organ background and guitars coming at you from all directions, some pretty eerie background vocals and that driving bass, it's a song that you need to hear several times to pick out all the parts you hadn't heard the first dozen or so times. And just when you think you're going to get another rousing rendition of the chorus, the song ends as abruptly as it begins.

"Pretty Face was originally called Don’t Come Close - it’s a modern telling of Dorian Grey. He’s walking London on a busy Saturday night and being harassed by both men and women. The only love he’s ever known is a violent one and he cannot find a place in the new world he’s awoken in." - Josh Aiden.

In the past year, the band have played a sold out headline show at Oxford’s Cellar, performed  a series of festival dates including the BBC Introducing stage at Truck Festival, and supported high profile acts such as YAK, Willie J Healey, Toy, Bo Ningen and Black Honey, and they performed on the main stage at the Cowley Road takeover Ritual Union festival alongside Nadine Shah, Ghostpoet and Gaz Coombes. 

They were featured on the cover for the 40th issue of Oxfordshire Music Scene magazine. OMS put on two anniversary shows to celebrate the 40th edition, both with Mother headlining.  Both sold out.  

After previously releasing an EP produced by Mark Gardener (songwriter and frontman for shoe-gaze pioneers RIDE), MOTHER are now working on their debut album, which is being produced by Chris Barker.

MOTHER had a unique sound, a garage rock with a grungy undertone and just a smidgen of blues. We believe that this combination is a great recipe for success and we look forward to hearing what the chaps have up their sleeves for the coming months.

You can see MOTHER live at The Purple Turtle, Reading on 29th October

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