They’re proggy, they’re poppy and they’ll make you dance
Words: Phil Weller
Mothertongue describe the music which they crazily concoct with the oxymoronic phrase, ‘Progressive Pop’. 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 opposing musical approaches together seamlessly, the band makes a weird live act like no other.
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“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.
Louis Smith draws a lot of his lyrical inspiration from Science fiction, which he sees as the progressive side of writing: “Both seem to be trying to push an envelope and what I love about science fiction is that you never know what’s going to come next. Science fiction and progressive music come from the same place, it’s the same instincts and same muscles driving that desire to be different.”
Light-hearted and wholeheartedly danceable, Mothertongue are incredibly unique.
The band play our End of Year Party Friday, 16th December, for more info click here.
Unsongs is out now via Bad Elephant Music