12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Mother Hips founding drummer Mike Wofchuck replaced by John Hofer, Later Days is noticeably tighter and more dynamic. “Gold Plated” finds Mother Hips veering away from their collegiate jam-rock roots and infusing classic California country-rock with their own Chico State–brewed sound. During this time, Mother Hips maintained twangy guitars, Beach Boys—inspired harmonies, and a self-imposed mandatory moustache rule that required all four members to indulge in upper-lip “manscaping” during the recording and touring of Later Days. The uncanny vocal relationship between frontmen/guitarists Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono is best exemplified in the folk-rocking title track, where they shift from octave parts in the verses to closer high-lonesome harmonies in the choruses. Conversely, “Esmerelda” returns The Mother Hips to the hard-grooving boogie-rock found in their prior album, Shootout, before “Motorhome” and “Tired Wings” bestow some of Bluhm’s best West Coast–flavored surfer serenades. The honky-tonkin’ “Do It on the Strings” captures a time in the late '90s when the Golden State abounded with twang-rock bands.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Mother Hips founding drummer Mike Wofchuck replaced by John Hofer, Later Days is noticeably tighter and more dynamic. “Gold Plated” finds Mother Hips veering away from their collegiate jam-rock roots and infusing classic California country-rock with their own Chico State–brewed sound. During this time, Mother Hips maintained twangy guitars, Beach Boys—inspired harmonies, and a self-imposed mandatory moustache rule that required all four members to indulge in upper-lip “manscaping” during the recording and touring of Later Days. The uncanny vocal relationship between frontmen/guitarists Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono is best exemplified in the folk-rocking title track, where they shift from octave parts in the verses to closer high-lonesome harmonies in the choruses. Conversely, “Esmerelda” returns The Mother Hips to the hard-grooving boogie-rock found in their prior album, Shootout, before “Motorhome” and “Tired Wings” bestow some of Bluhm’s best West Coast–flavored surfer serenades. The honky-tonkin’ “Do It on the Strings” captures a time in the late '90s when the Golden State abounded with twang-rock bands.

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About The Mother Hips

Formed in Chico, CA, in 1991, earthy pop jam rockers the Mother Hips moved up from bar band status through a series of regional tours and built a sizable fan base in California. Songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Tim Bluhm, guitarist Greg Loiacono, bassist Isaac Parsons, and drummer Mike Wofchuck met in the dorms of Chico State in the early '90s. Loiacono and Bluhm's harmonies and country-tinged melodies honored California's musical past -- from Merle Haggard to the Beach Boys to Neil Young. Their 1992 album, entitled Back to the Grotto, caught the ear of American Recordings, which released 1995's Part-Timer Goes Full and 1996's Shootout. This relationship led to high-profile slots on tours with Johnny Cash, Wilco, and the H.O.R.D.E. tour. Drummer Wofchuck was replaced by John Hofer for 1998's country-rock Later Days. Three years later, the band released the more pop-oriented Green Hills of Earth. As soon as the album gained notoriety, singer/guitarist Greg Loiacono decided to take a break from the group, leaving the band's status in question. In 2005, Bluhm, Loiacono, Hofer, and new bassist Paul Hoaglin resumed playing music and released the Red Tandy EP on Camera Recordsin 2006 and followed it up with the full-length Kiss the Crystal Flake in early 2007. ~ Zac Johnson

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