by Dan Gibson
Tough choices tonight musically: The Great Cover-Up moves from the Rialto to Club Congress for a night (look for tonight's schedule on the blog later), but there's also the Young Mothers record-release show at Sky Bar.
These guys are, for my money, one of the two or three best bands in town and are following up their excellent 7" release on Fort Lowell Records, so they seem like an act you should appreciate while they're still here.
More on the album including a free MP3 below:
Here's what Stephen Seigel said about them in this week's Soundbites:
Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Zach Toporek, the local band Young Mothers made a splash in April with “Come on, the Cross,” the inaugural release on the 7-inch-only label Fort Lowell Records. This week, the band is releasing its debut album, Have Some Fun, on its own Bedroom Rock Records imprint.
Though it would be filed under indie-rock in a record store, and despite the relative rockingness of some of the 10 tracks here, the album makes a pretty strong argument that Toporek could pass as a traditional singer-songwriter if he chose that route. Instead, he’s got a great band—Andrew Bates, Tommy Cormier and Ryan Slater—fleshing out his songs, which vary greatly in mood and feel, but still manage to sound of a piece.
Have Some Fun opens with “I Just Wanna Know,” a midtempo winner that comes with a slight twang, though it would never be mistaken for country. With its religious imagery, “The Second Coming” is a sequel of sorts to “Come on, the Cross,” and a worthy one, with Toporek singing, “Well, man makes plans, and God just laughs / That’s the way it’s gonna be / The second coming of the Lord will tell you anything.” The deceptively titled “The Story of Woody Allen and Mia Farrrow” relates the tale of “the belle of every CYO dance” with a nifty, dirty guitar break; it builds layers as it progresses.
Elsewhere, “Helpless Child” is slinky but not quite funky; “Raincloud” is a ballad with a slightly retro vibe, residing on the corner where the ‘50s and ‘70s shake hands and make friends; “Lyin’ in the Sun” opens as an exercise in minimalism before taking on a solo John Lennon vibe.
The album, which was recorded and mixed by Toporek himself, sounds great and makes a fine argument that “Come on, the Cross” was no fluke.
Thanks to the band for letting us give out "Lyin' in the Sun" from the new album (click the downward-facing arrow to download the MP3):
The Ghost of 505 and The Runaway Five open the free show at Sky Bar tonight at 9 p.m.