A band remarkably aware of the importance of interaction and of the immediacy of relationship, Mother begins with the haunting vocal echoes of vocalists Adam Tomes and Thomas Hewson before bounding forward into chiming guitars which carry through to Oranges, a track on which Tom takes up the vocal leadership. These songs are dripping in folklore, whispers and hints of stories which compel you to immerse yourself inside them entirely. Rituals is a restive multi-layered refrain dripping in intrigue (‘Send for my lovers when I’m not around’) which builds beautifully to Seams, the record’s gemstone. Mother displays Hoopla Blue as completely entrancingly as live – the work is a glorious study of the intricacies of instrumental interplay and the accomplishments of the voice as further to this instrumentation.
Thomas Hewson said of the release:
“We’ve always taken our time with everything we do and Mother has been no exception. This EP is essentially four shades of Hoopla Blue and so it was important to put it out as a body of work. It was also important for us to put this out physically – something for people to hold, smell, and even play!”
Mother will be available via digital download from March 22 and a limited run of 200 7” vinyl will be available to purchase shortly after, marking the first release from new independent record label, FOMA. Mother was recorded, mixed and mastered by Leighton Rees and Dominique James of Omstart at Carbon Studios, Birmingham. Listen to the EP, in full, below:
Hoopla Blue play a show in association with This Is Tmrw to launch their Mother EP on March 22 at The Victoria, Birmingham. Support comes from Amateur Best, Racing and William the Bastard. Tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available here.
Pre-order Mother here.
Hoopla Blue are: Thomas Hewson (vocals, guitars), Adam Tomes (vocals, guitars), Dario Chin (drums), Mitchell Baines (bass).