Photos by Jim Clegg.
If there’s one pop rock band that belongs on Metal Blade, it’s Mother Feather. They put out their first LP this Friday on the internationally known metal label, kicking things off with an exuberant release party at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.
The stage show was dripping with sex, and this is a band who knows how to tease. Keyboardist and Stamford native Liz Carena took the stage amid buzzes, feedback, and tom hits provided by guitarist Chris Foley, bassist Matt Basile, and drummer Gunnar Olsen. Carena silently ogled the crowd for what seemed like a LONG time; just when the audience couldn’t take any more, out strode lead vocalist Ann Courtney, clad in a gold-sequined dress, a shimmering gold veil that reached to her knees, and an abstract crown of gold wire triangles. And indeed, this golden woman wasted no time becoming queen of the Knitting Factory.
Courtney’s lascivious dance moves and her interplay with Carena probably inspired a lot of fantasies that night — but Mother Feather’s music is commanding enough to back up their sultry performance. Songs like “Living, Breathing” and “Mother Feather” are full-throttle rock n roll at its finest; “Trampoline” harkens back to the entendre of Led Zeppelin’s “Squeeze My Lemon” and Van Halen’s “Ice Cream Man” in attitude if not in the music itself. Softer numbers like “Beach House” have their charm as well.
And Friday night, the band poured their blood on the stage performing those songs. Courtney told the audience more than once that this show was her dream come true — after seven years as an indie band in the Big City, here they were signed to Metal Blade and preparing to tour the country. But it clearly wasn’t luck that got them there — this band has the moves, the look, and most importantly, the music. Who cares who else is on Warped Tour? Get a ticket and check out Mother Feather.
Upcoming Mother Feather Shows
June 18 – New York, NY – Bowery Electric
w/ Warped Tour
June 24 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 25 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
June 26 – Houston, TX – NRG Park Main Street Lot
June 27 – New Orleans, LA – Port of New Orleans (Mardi Gras World)
June 29 – Nashville, TN – The Fairgrounds Nashville
June 30 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
July 1 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park
July 2 – Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
July 3 – West Palm Beach, FL – Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
July 5 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
July 6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
July 7 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
July 8 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
July 9 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
July 10 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
July 11 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 13 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
July 14 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
July 16 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 17 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
July 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
July 20 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
July 21 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
July 22 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 23 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 – Shakopee, MN – Canterbury Park
July 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre
July 27 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 – Bonners Spring, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
July 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark
July 31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center Arena Lot
Aug. 1 – Albuquerque, NM – Balloon Fiesta Park
Aug. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Salt River Fields
Aug. 5 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium Lot
Aug. 6 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 7 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex
Aug. 9 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Aug. 11 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Aug. 12 – Auburn, WA – White River
Aug. 13 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center
Check out some more of Jim Clegg’s photos in this Facebook album!
Press access to the 5/13/16 show courtesy of Mother Feather. All opinions are our own.