Mothertongue Announced For Progathon II
Mothertongue, a band featuring Cleft sticksman John Simm, describe the music which they crazily concoct as ‘Progressive Pop’. Indeed, to many of you that may come across as a somewhat oxymoronic term. Yet, when you listen to the Manchester band, fronted by the charismatic and frankly barmy Louis Smith, the term suddenly makes perfect sense. Blending the two somewhat opposing musical approaches together seamlessly, the band make a weird and wonderful addition to Progathon II. When I first heard them, I had to have them on.
“There’s a lot of precedent for things like progressive pop,” believes Smith. “Anything can progressive, from whichever standpoint you take it from. If you look at pop music, how can you make it progress? What we try and do is write pop music that you wouldn’t hear anywhere else while still holding onto the things that make pop music worthwhile. I think with progressive music those first two syllables are the most important – go from wherever you’re starting from and make progress, whatever direction that happens to be in.”
After two and a half years of writing and craftsmanship, Unsongs, their debut full length album, flaunts their musical adventurism with a swagger and smiling bravdo. This is a band that manages to be both infectiously catchy and intelligently forward thinking in tandem; the aftermath of six musicians boasting their own individualistic and fickle music tastes. Lighthearted and wholeheartedly danceable, Mothertongue are, in keeping with this event’s celebration of the scene’s more avant garde artists, resolutely individual.
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