TUNE Our Mother - Surprise Machine
Our Mother don’t think like other bands. The four-piece - consisting of John Hartley, Paul Kowalewski, Liam Garrett and Joseph Charlton - may have been born out of a Halloween house party in Seven Sisters, but their music transcends typical band formation cliché. Their debut EP, A.O.B. - out 29th April 2016 via Lucky Number - is an idiosyncratic collection that amalgamates everything from mid-to-late 2000s Berlin techno to pristine pop, and deftly defies the trends in the current crop of London-based bands in the process.
On ‘Surprise Machine’, what initially begins as a brooding and subtle late night jam quickly explodes into an addictive chorus augmented with a flurrying, waltzing trumpet. Hartley’s pitch-shifted vocals sing of hatchets and guns, fathers and sons; ambiguous yet sinister-leaning lyrics that by the end of the song, become an instrument in themselves - another cog operating in Our Mother’s complex and fascinating machine.