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“We definitely all missed playing together, and a couple of close friends kept urging us to play shows,” says singer/guitarist Tim Bluhm about The Mother Hips’ decision to reconvene. “We approach the band differently now than we did before the hiatus. There’s no pressure on us the way we do it: We all have other sources of income, and mostly aren’t dependent on the Hips making money at shows. I think of us as ‘musicians of leisure.’”

Formed nearly 15 years ago at Chico State in Northern California, The Mother Hips have seen it all, and there are already two documentaries about them-Stories We Could Tell and This Is The Sound-to prove it. They’ve gone from dorm band to buzz band to cult favorite; they’ve taken a truckload of drugs and then kicked their habits; they’ve played with everyone from Wilco to Johnny Cash; they’ve worked with countless labels (including two albums on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings); and they’ve dealt with more industry bullshit than the average band could handle. And when singer/guitarist Greg Loiacono told his bandmates he wanted to take a break following the release of 2001’s critically acclaimed Green Hills Of The Earth, it seemed as though the Hips were on their way to getting thrown into the coulda-woulda-shoulda pile.

But with the release of the band’s new seven-inch and EP on New York City upstart Camera Records, it’s clear that The Mother Hips (Bluhm, Loiacono, drummer John Hofer and bassist Paul Hoaglin) aren’t just back-they’re back with a purpose.


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  • AndrewakaDragon NPR Desk Submission. :) Like and Share please. :)

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  • toad02

    I'm one of the top listeners. Nice! You guys deserve more recognition.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • nooneastern

    join The Mother Hips group !!

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Bkorns4

    The Mother Hips.....always a good idea

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • LuckyDucky86

    great music

    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • masedawg

    Probably one of the best rock bands in a long while. Plus their live shows are so kick ass and full of energy!

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
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  • nooneastern

    and the new album is terrific !

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    i havent seen these guyz in years, but saw them live about 1/2doz times in the late 90s, and i am here to bear witness that they were a ~GREAT LIVE BAND~

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    i am really excited about fact that band is now aliveand kicking again, and coming out w/ new album. ALRIGHT!!!

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • nooneastern

    new album soon !!!

    3 Sep 2009 Reply
  • CapitalSuicide

    Shit, No-Name Darrell rocks!

    20 Apr 2009 Reply
  • mjlilgui

    One of the few Rock Band / Guitar Hero supported artists that deserved it. And they actually got it right by picking Time We Had to represent the band. All their stuff is great, though. Glad to see Wilco sneak in as a top similar artist. Good comparison.

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • FakePlasticBlue

    these guys are amazing. Was shocked to see the small number of listeners they have.

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • tahoeguy

    Nor Cals best kept secret! I grew up listening to these guys. Hit up the web or used record shops for out of print stuff. Grab some vinyl from Camera records. There is also plenty of shows up around the web. Who knew, a video game would be the vehicle. Make sure you go to a show or 2, it will blow your mind....

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Tidus_91

    Too bad I didn't hear of them before falling in love with them through Rock Band, because it's really hard to get a hold of the CDs that are self-released. Oh well, two albums of epic greatness is still better than none. <3

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • jimmik24

    Just listened to Crystal Flake. Wow, this band is great. It's a shame they've got so few listens.

    29 May 2008 Reply
  • SensaiOpti

    DLC is downloadable content, and I think he's talking about Rock Band.

    17 May 2008 Reply
  • cschon

    This just in: Time-Sick Son of A Grizzly Bear and Red Tandy to be included in next week's DLC!

    25 Apr 2008 Reply
  • zigzo_pazoru

    I'd never heard of these guys until, yes, a certain game. Because of my obsession for wanting to get 100% on expert guitar/drums/bass/vocals for Time We Had it became my favorite by far and The Mother Hips have won my everlasting fandom. What a WONDERFUL band <3

    7 Apr 2008 Reply
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