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Take the Lovers Home Tonight is unselfconscious, senseless, silly, messy, stains-and-all indie party music. Each one of Mother & the Addicts' members must play with his or her eyes bugged out, and if any one of them ever drops out during a song, it's only long enough to wipe off some sweat. On the Glasgow band's first album, following a late-2004 single (included here), the band lets rip like a neo-post-punk/new wave Mudhoney, slashing and careening away, with the odd hummable melody occasionally laid on top of all the noise. There will always be a need for this kind of thing (i.e., dumb music made by smart people), at least when it's done well, as heard here. (Note: the female member in this band isn't Mother. Mother is a fellow named Sam.)


Formed: 2003 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Comparable to fellow Glaswegian dance-rocker Franz Ferdinand, stylish art-poppers Mother & the Addicts carved themselves a nice little niche in the new wave revival scene by combining their eclectic tastes (Half Man Half Biscuit, Orange Juice, the Fall) with the sounds of mainstream '80s radio staples (Duran Duran, Frankie Goes to Hollywood) along with a wonky dose of indie irony for good measure. Sam Smith, aka Mother, moved to Glasgow from Brighton in 2003. Upon arrival, he began shopping a handful...
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