Electric Mother are a low tuned, groove laden, powerhouse rock band from the Northern Isles of Scotland. Renowned for its traditional and folk music, Orkney has produced numerous musicians and performers of international reputation. In a place where audiences clamour for cover bands and familiar favourites, Electric Mother looked to smash down those barriers and wipe out that complacency. With an attitude as bold and in your face as the wall of sound that greets you at a live show, their high energy and groove creates a frenzy amongst the crowd.
The members of Electric Mother are seasoned performers who have enjoyed some success in previous musical experiences, but were all looking for something different, something more fulfilling and visionary. This common desire for something exciting and groundbreaking, their thirst to carve their own sound and form the bedrock of a new scene - while having a blast doing it - brought the band members together and made for an easy gel, an immediate chemistry. From the beginning, there was a real buzz about shaking things up, about writing and recording something that would energise and change the face of the local music scene and how it was perceived from outside Orkney.
Electric Mother’s style and strengths have been described by one critic as “…heavy music that has swing…hypnotic without being repetitive, and accommodates light and shade….Guitarists Andy Taylor and Rob MacGregor treat us to thrilling solos, erupting from precise inventive riffing throughout……The bass and drums of Steven Bruce and John Brown thunder propulsively……Vocalist Calum Elder fits his powerful vocals perfectly amongst this, inhabiting the stories he tells, varying the delivery from brooding resignation to release….”
The recording experience was one that the band relished and exploited to the fullest. Recorded locally by Brian Cromarty, Vol.1 started life as an E.P. but grew into a full 44 minutes of riffology, nine original songs capturing the true sound and feel of Electric Mother’s live performances. The songs are written organically and the stories behind them range from a night as a male escort (Gigolo) to the return of a son from a time at war (War-Torn).
The short term goal for the band is to build it’s local and regional following and prick the ears of those further afield, both with the release of the CD and with live appearances. The band have recently returned from a mini tour of Scotland and are lining up dates nationally for summer and beyond. Electric Mother can be found and followed on Facebook, whilst keeping people up to date visually on Instagram. Their fanbase, growing steadily since their inception, has taken a spike recently as the band push and promote its sound, reaching as far afield as Scandinavia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. With the release of Vol.1, Electric Mother have taken Band Camp as a personal page to distribute the album and other merchandise and have released on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and all major digital distribution outlets.
With eyes to the future, Electric Mother look to bring their music to as many people, in as many places as possible. Writing for the second album is underway and it’s sounding big.
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