ORGAN THING: The very 90’s alt pop thing that is Momma, a new video, album details and well, here you go…

Momma (Photo Credit: Sophie Hur)

Organ Thing of The Day: A quick Thing today actually, thanks us later if you feel like it, we got places to be today and well, you know, paint to throw, electric painting to paint, the Art Car Boot Fair is almost upon us, things like the fair concern us far more than 90’s sounding alt.pop bands do these days. Do like Momma though, they do make us smile, they are like a time machine, a throwback to another world…

And as we mentioned back in February when we said Brooklyn’s Momma and a slice of just right alt.pop music ahead of some just announced UK dates, Momma are well worth your ear in an almost retro kind of poppy Breaders, Pond, Jale kind of way. Today Momma’s people are announcing details of their new album and their press person is rather keen to have us share the news, no idea why? We’re lost in the backwash of what ever’s happening over here and what’s happening at at La Biennale di Venezia and the Falcon doesn’t put gigs on any more does it?

Okay, let’s be honest here, we covered hundreds of bands who sounded just like this back in the 90’s, they were usually on Sub Pop back when that label were desperately trying to shake off their grunge tag, hell, we probably had a few bands like this on our own label ORG back in the day. Do like Momma though, they’re almost nostalgic, they do do their thing very very (very) well, they make us smile, they make us feel like all is well when we know damn well Boris means it isn’t.

There’s a new Momma video released today, the record label hype is down there underneath said video and well, even their Volvo is retro and their Pavement references and they are just right aren’t they and I do have my Rosa Mota t-shirt on today, the Mint 400 one is in the wash and here you go….

Here’s the hype from the cheat sheet press release thing

“Momma, the band led by singers/guitarists Allegra Weingarten and Etta Friedman, today announced Household Name, their anticipated new album, will be released on July 1st, 2022.

Fresh off a series of dates with Wet Leg, the band’s new full-lengthHousehold Name reveals an exciting new chapter marked by both personal and artistic growth. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, after relocating from hometown Los Angeles, the duo upgraded from GarageBand and took their time writing and recording in a proper studio alongside multi-instrumentalist/producer Aron Kobayashi Ritch. The resulting album, mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar, is a tightly stitched collection that is magnetic and dynamic, and also marks their debut for Lucky Number, who signed Momma in the midst of the pandemic before the band members had even finished college. In chasing their idols and embracing personal storytelling, the band has skill-fully carved out their own path. Household Name showcases an unfettered vulnerability elevated by serious alt-rock bombast and is an album that tells the world: this is Momma.

Across the album’s 12 songs, Weingarten and Friedman, who met and formed Momma in high school, cull lyrical inspiration from their own lives for the first time–a contrast with the conceptual fiction of Two of Me. Bygone heroes also helped inspire a lyrical theme throughout Household Name: the rise and fall of the rock star, and the tropes and tribulations that come with that arc. The theme allowed the group to celebrate (and, in some cases, directly reference) icons like Nirvana, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, and the Breeders’ Kim Deal, while weaving in their own perspective and experiences.

Household Name perfects a balance of heavy riffs, deep emotions, inviting sonic production, and a light-hearted, wry sense of humour, creating a singular lane for Momma in today’s world of alt rock”.

Find out more about the album via these links should you wish to, we ca nonly g oon the couple of fine tracks we’ve heard so far. Alternatively Momma can be found via that link you just passed or via their Bandcamp page.

UK Tour Dates and ticket details

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6 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall
7 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
10 – London, UK – Brixton Windmill 
13 – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
14 – Manchester, UK – Yes

The Leeds date is with Illuminati Hotties which kinds of makes for an intesting double bill of retro alt.pop don’t you think?

And yes, we share this video back in Fabrauary, here it is again for what any of it is worth…

Anyway, Charlie’s Angels went off with Malcolm Maclaren in the end, that worked out well for everyone didn’t it? Ditto Disco Pistol who signed to a major, changed their name so the major label could pretend they’d found an exciting new band and no one ever heard of ’em again, still got a box of blue vinylr seven inchers collecting dust on the corner, same with Pura Vida, signed ot Island, changed thier name sO TE A&Rman could pretend he’d found a new band, Angel Cage released some killer records back there in the 90’s, if they’d been American then Sub Pop would probabLy have signed them and whoever the cool indie music website Momma’s press guy likes ot quore would be comparing Momma to Angel Cage as well as Pavement and the Breaders. What became of Organ anyway? Who knows, line of best what? Am ‘ot dog if you know what I mean. This is 2022, who cares what we say about Momma, go read about them in whatever passes forthe music press these days. Up next, Moreish idols….

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