Motor Sister

The brainchild of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, Motor Sister is an all-star hard rock collective built for the sole purpose of celebrating and playing the songs of Los Angeles-based groove/blues-rockers Mother Superior, who broke up in the early 2000s after releasing eight studio albums and moonlighting as Henry Rollins backing band. Ian, a longtime fan, wanted to see a reunion of the defunct outfit for his 50th birthday, and he also wanted to be a part of it. With the help of his wife, vocalist Pearl Aday, who had been working musically with Mother Superior frontman Jim Wilson for years, Ian got his wish, and was soon joined by Wilson, Aday, and friends Joey Vera (Fates Warning, Armored Saint) and John Tempesta (White Zombie) at his rehearsal space to run through some songs. The newly minted Motor Sister, named for MS track "Little Motor Sister," made its debut at Ian's 50th birthday party, and the group got along so well that they began talking about putting an album together. The resulting Ride, which features 12 new takes on Mother Superior standards like "Devil Wind," "Beg Borrow Steal," and "A Hole," was issued via Metal Blade in March 2015. ~ James Christopher Monger

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