Here’s a band that I literally discovered only about a week and a half ago. The group is Songs For Moms, they’re from Oakland, and they play a really interesting blend of punk rock, country, and American roots music. I’m not exactly sure how I stumbled across these ladies but after reading the Thrillhouse Records website which describes them as “a combination of Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith”, I knew I needed to give their record a listen. What I discovered is that, first, that description isn’t far off, and second, I feel like a detect a bit of Riot Grrrl influence in there as well. What ever their influences may be, it doesn’t change the outcome which is that this record is just as ridiculously awesome as it is diverse in sound and style. This tune, “Kill Coyotes”, was one of the immediate stand outs for me. However, this is a record that almost needs to be appreciated as a whole because of the incredible amount of ground these girls cover in only ten songs. Their Facebook page seems a bit inactive but I have hope in my heart that these ladies are out their writing more beautiful tunes like the ones on this record so that they can come back and blow our collective minds soon. Check Songs For Moms out. Immediately.
More information on Songs For Moms can be found via their Facebook. Copies of I Used To Believe In The West can still be picked up via the fine folks at Thrillhouse Records