Armed with New Tunes, the Mother Hips Play The Bowery Ballroom

November 15th, 2013

Like-minded college friends formed the Mother Hips at California State University, Chico in the early-’90s. Their debut full-length, Back to the Grotto, arrived in 1993, and the band began actively building a strong fan base thanks to steady touring. Over the years, there have been shifts in personnel—currently Tim Bluhm (vocals and guitar), John Hofer (drums), Greg Loiacono (guitar and vocals) and Scott Thunes (bass)—and their sound, forgoing longer songs for shorter tunes, and moving toward what they call “California soul.” But despite their share of ups and downs and even a hiatus, the Mother Hips (above, playing “Freed from a Prison” for Jambase) remain not only active, but also relevant. Their newest  album, Behind Beyond (stream it below), came out over the summer. American Songwriter says: “Twenty years in, the Mother Hips certainly have their own grizzled tale to tell. Behind Beyond finds the band in very fine form.” And they also continue to be high-energy performers, to which you can bare witness tomorrow at The Bowery Ballroom.