Mothership - Mothership II (Ripple Music)

Mothership are here to guide you on one heavy arsed celestial journey...
Release Date: 
11 Nov 2014 - 12:00pm

Mothership is a power trio hailing from Texas delivering their version of heavy celestial intergalactic stoner blues. Mothership come across as the dirty unwanted  offspring of  an unholy orgy between Blue Cheer, Budgie, UFO and Hawkwind with a generous dose of Hendrix and Govt Mule thrown in for good measure. Mind you Mothership do it a lot heavier than any of their influences do, and the world is a better place for it.

Guitarist Kyle Juett plays his nuts off on Mothership II, his tone is perfect and he wrings appropriately cool leads from his weapon of choice (which just happens to be either his Gibson Flying V or Explorer). If you’re into your guitarists then get a hold of some of this and marvel at the way he dexterously uses the fret board to add texture to the fine tunes that make up this album. The rhythm section of Kelley Juet and Judge Smith sound like they have been playing together for ever. The vocals are shared between the brothers Juett and they kick arse, I like the way these cats wail, although I’m not 100% sure who is singing what I think it’s Kelley that does most of the lead vocals.

Things kick off with Celestial Prophet, a quiet swirling guitar piece over organ that sets the mood before the drums slide in to play. This instrumental is the perfect starter to Mothership II, evoking images of a charcoal night sky littered with diamonds of light and swirling nebulas of blue and purple. Then there's a great segue into Princess Of The Moon, probably the tune with the most commercial potential for the boys on this their second album.

Shangai Surprise and Holy Massacre are fiery little rockers and keep the momentum of the album flowing nicely. No idea what the fuck a Centauromarchy is but Mothership make it feel like a shit load of fun.

Hot Smoke and Heavy Blues is probably my pick of an awesome bunch. The title fits the song perfectly, there’s a dirty swagger about this one, it’s a song looking to get in a fist fight and would more than likely still smack you out even if it had one hand tied behind its back. It’s one of those songs that will worm its way into your lughole and refuse to leave you.

Tamu Massiff is the second instrumental piece on the album and presumably is a reference to the extinct submarine shield volcano in the Pacific. It’s a wonderful instrumental that again showcases the bands ability to paint pictures with their sounds. Who needs a vocal when the image the song is painting is so vivid? A cracker of a tune, I closed my eyes during it and was sure I saw Cthulhu rising from the depths!

Astromancer chugs along powerfully and you just want to see this bastard played live. The blokes are tight as the proverbial nun’s bits and when they lock into a groove it’s a thing of absolute beauty. Serpents Throne is a brooding tune that just drips with ancient evil. Eye Of Sphinx and Good Morning Little School Girl close out the album and hold their heads as highly as the rest of the tracks on Mothership II.

Good Morning Little School Girl is a wailingly good cover of a standard of the Chicago blues scene that was first aired in 1937 and has been covered by the likes of Muddy Waters and the Grateful Dead, but it still screams Mothership and it’s great to hear a nice heavy take on this legendary tune.

This album is 11 well-crafted songs, at times trippy, at times heavy as shit but always a rollicking good time. If you’re into bands like The Sword and Kadavar and everything that influenced them you will lap this up, it’s got big hairy balls a great sense of melody and does a sterling job of setting a mood. I’ve ordered my copy on vinyl, and grabbed their excellent first album while I was at it, might be an idea to do so yourself. Here - I’ll even give you the URL