Mothers’ Debut LP Out 2/26/16 (Grand Jury): New Song Debut Via NPR Music, 2016 Tour Dates






Following a 10-shows-over-five-days jaunt at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, Stereogum’s ’50 Best New Bands of 2015’ designation, and early praise from Vulture, NME, BBC Radio 1, and more, Mothers has signed to Grand Jury Music in the U.S. and Wichita Recordings in the U.K. The Athens, GA-based quartet will release their debut album ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ on February 26th, 2016. Comprised of Kristine Leschper (vocals/guitar), Matthew Anderegg (drums), Drew Kirby (guitar), and Patrick Morales (bass), Mothers has also confirmed a 40+ date headlining U.S. tour, including shows at SXSW, and tickets for all dates will go on-sale by December 4th; a current itinerary is below and more dates will soon be announced. Today, NPR Music’s All Songs Considered debuted the album’s lead track “Too Small For Eyes,” noting “…don’t get fooled by the mandolin…this record goes all over the map in wonderful, wonderful ways”. Listen HERE, and the song is now available for streaming and sharing via Soundcloud: “Too Small For Eyes” will also be available as a digital single on November 30th, 2016.

Produced by Drew Vandenberg – who has worked on albums by Of Montreal, Deerhunter and Porcelain Raft – at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, Georgia in December 2014, ‘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 original songs – the majority of which were written while Leschper was finishing art school in early 2014 and fleshed out together with multi-instrumentalist Anderegg – 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. 

The album’s bookends perhaps most explicitly display this musical chronology. The gorgeous “Too Small For Eyes” was the only one of a few solo songs Leschper had written on the mandolin that made it onto the album, its use of space, piano, strings, and her voice entwining and undulating to elegantly set the stage for what unfolds afterward; closer “Hold Your Own Hand” blooms from its plaintive opening bars to an ascendant, spirally waltz to an uproarious math-y breakdown, hinting at the louder, more post-rock and math rock-influenced sound for which their live show is fast becoming known. 

Across the album, Leschper meditates on the human condition: what anyone’s place is in the universe; what is our value; mortality; and what it means to have relationships in consideration of all these things. And while the songs are filtered through her frequently difficult, personal microcosmic experiences, she relates them in a manner that is at once highly intimate and readily universal. At heart, ‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ is about being alive, and just how surprisingly unmooring – and exhausting – this fundamental thing can be. The album is a window into the long path Leschper traveled while creating it: breathtakingly honest and rooted in the subconscious of one’s journey.

‘When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired’ Tracklist:

1). “Too Small For Eyes”

2). “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t”

3). “Copper Mines”

4). “Nesting Behavior”

5). “Lockjaw”

6). “Blood-Letting”

7). “Burden of Proof”

8). “Hold Your Own Hand”

Mothers 2016 Tour Dates:

12.31.15 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *

01.07.16 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia

01.08.16 Greenville, SC @ Independent Public Warehouse

01.09.16 Macon, GA @ The Hummingbird

01.12.16 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub

01.13.16 Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Bar

01.14.16 Miami, FL @ Churchills

01.15.16 Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery

01.16.16 Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder 

01.20.16 Charlotte, NC @ Double Door

01.21.16 Winston-Salem, NC @ The Garage

01.22.16 Raleigh, NC @ King’s Barcade

01.23.16 Norfolk, VA @ Work Release

01.24.16 Harrisonburg, VA @ Artful Dog

01.27.16 New Haven, CT @ BAR 

01.28.16 Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar

01.29.16 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades 

02.01.16 New York City, NY @ Berlin

02.02.16 Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge

02.03.16 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall (Communion Presents) 

02.04.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy (Communion Presents) 

02.05.16 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java (Communion Presents) 

02.06.16 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

02.07.16 Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern 

02.10.16 Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox (Communion Presents) 

02.11.16 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar (Communion Presents) 

02.12.16 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub

02.14.16 Columbia, MO @ Café Berlin 

02.15.16 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

02.16.16 Omaha, NE @ O’Leavers

02.18.16 Davenport, IA @ Daytrotter Music Festival 

02.24.16 London, UK @ Servant Jazz Quarters

02.26.16 London, UK @ Lexington 

03.03.16 Sarasota, FL @ Ringling Museum 

03.04.16 Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge

03.05.16 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl 

03.10.16 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival 

03.13.16 Denton, TX @ 35 Denton

03.15.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 

03.16.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 

03.17.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 

03.18.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 

03.19.16 Austin, TX @ SXSW 

03.21.16 Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor 

03.22.16 Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery 

03.23.16 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge

03.24.16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court

03.25.16 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival 

03.28.16 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project % 

03.29.16 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios % 

03.31.16 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

04.01.16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo

% w/ All Dogs

* w/ New Madrid

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For more information about Mothers, please contact Amanda Pitts ( 203.570.2366 and Hector A. Silva ( 703.678.9035 at Chromatic Publicity.