The Mother Hips

Bonfire Presents:

The Mother Hips

Dr. Slothclaw

Sun, May 6, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$15 Advance / $18 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

The Mother Hips
The Mother Hips
One of the first lessons they teach you in film school is that you sometimes have to “kill your darlingTwenty-five years into a celebrated career is an unlikely time to switch things up, but the “divinely inspired” (Rolling Stone) Mother Hips have never been ones to follow convention. For their brilliant and exhilarating tenth album, ‘Chorus,’ the California stalwarts turned their recording process on its head in order to make their most fully realized and essential collection yet.

Originally signed by Rick Rubin while still just students at Chico State, The Mother Hips have spent two-and-a-half decades at the forefront of a new breed of California rock and roll—one equally informed by the breezy harmonies of the Beach Boys, the funky roots of The Band, and the psychedelic Americana of Buffalo Springfield—and established themselves as “one of the Bay Area’s most beloved live outfits” (San Francisco Guardian) through countless headline shows, massive festival appearances, and dates with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes. The New Yorker lauded the band’s ability to “sing it sweet and play it dirty,” and ‘Chorus’ is perhaps the finest example yet of that intoxicating dichotomy, a richly melodic album firmly rooted in gritty rock and roll with the kind of evocative storytelling that The Mother Hips do best.s”. It’s a term that means no matter how much you love a scene you shot; if it doesn’t fit in the film, it ends up on the cutting room floor. In 2009, The Mother Hips rescued a short stack of 2-inch analog tapes from a Los Angeles basement and started picking through hours of material, most of it recorded around the era that produced 1995’s Part Timer Goes Full and ‘96’s Shootout. They were thrilled with what they heard. In fact the band was so prolific during this period that literally dozens of top-notch songs were shelved and never saw the light of day as the group continued to spit out new material with machine gun rapidity. Now the band has compiled the cream of this lost crop into this eleven-song treasure trove titled Chronicle Man.

The Mother Hips, the center of which is the duo of Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals), have spent over two decades writing, recording and performing songs, and die-hard fans who still talk about their “first Hips show,” have hung on every word and have enabled The Mother Hips to become a bona fide cottage industry. The band was even able to lay claim to a rock subgenre, “California Soul” (aptly arrived upon) so solidified that brands like Sierra Nevada Brewery crafted a beer “Hips Helles” based on the bands’ sound, not to mention, spearhead a longstanding music and arts festival, The Hipnic, (now in its sixth year) slated for May 9-11 in Big Sur.

But most of all, what comes through loud and clear is that The Hips have already left us with an incredible legacy of music, from their stunning 1993 debut Back To The Grotto to 2013’s Behind Beyond (their eighth studio album). 2011 saw a four (!) CD retrospective compilation of all previously unreleased material called Days of Sun and Grass-- a special treat to their fans for all their support over the years. And the fans aren’t alone in their admiration of the impressive catalog. The Mother Hips have garnered critical acclaim from the likes of The New Yorker, Mojo, Relix, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, among many other outlets, over the years.

The album kicks off with the dark ramble of “Desert Song,” for years a forgotten and oftwhispered about mythic ode to sojourners of the West. Next up is “El Pancho Villa,” a one-time live show favorite that takes the early Bee Gees and rides them hard over a fuzzy, shambolic groove. “St. Andrew,” with its' historical lesson and downer country vibes, is the Hip’s feel in a nutshell. From the jackhammer hard rock of the title track to the organ-laden blues raunch of “Headache To Headache,” Chronicle Man’s reintroduction of these unearthed gems will satisfy old fans and newcomers alike. Please step up and give it some of your time and attention.
Dr. Slothclaw
Dr. Slothclaw
If P-Funk and Zappa had a lovechild, it would be Dr. Slothclaw. The PA-based freak funk phenom has been blowing up the live music scene with their funky mix of blues, psychedelic and jam since 2006. While the band points to such bands as Turkuaz, Lettuce, Pink Floyd, and Primus as inspiration for their cross-genre sound, they find their home in the traditions of funk and blues. Balancing surprising improvisations with memorable melodies, the band’s music features an eclectic range of sounds and influences, including world percussion, synth leads, exploratory soundscapes, bass breakdowns, and spot-on vocal harmonies. Known for their high energy shows and catchy, inventive lyrics, a Dr. Slothclaw show will not only inspire you to join-in on their legendary mass-audience sing-alongs, but will leave you pumping with adrenaline.

Awarded both “Indie Jam Band of the Year” (2012) and “Indie Funk Band of the Year” (2014) by

the Tri-State Indie organization out of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Slothclaw was recently named one of Philly’s top 10 funk acts. On festival stages and in clubs alike, the band has shared the stage with a slew of big name acts, including: Dumpstaphunk, Zach Deputy, Twiddle, The McLovins, Ozric Tentacles (UK), Turkuaz, Cornmeal, Papa Mali, Golden Gate Wingmen, Mark Karan, Cabinet, Keller Williams, Kung-Fu, The Heavy Pets, Mickey Hart Band, Particle, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Pimps of Joytime, Project Object, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Consider the Source, Dangermuffin, Rubblebucket, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Recipe, Ekoostik Hookah, to name a few.

With two previously self-released albums under their belt, including “What’s That Buzzing Noise?” (2012), “Big Mother Nasty” (2015), Dr. Slothclaw recently released their third album,

“Deep Space Boogie,” on August 25, 2016. Partially funded by fans through a Go-Fund Me campaign, “Deep Space Boogie” was recorded at Assorted Studios in York, PA in February of 2016. Capturing the energy of the band’s fun and entertaining live shows, “Deep Space Boogie”
feels like a groovy, psychedelic dance party flying through deep space, with a couple weird pit
stops along the way. While the title track is a play on classic P-Funk ideology, songs like “Gone
Gold” highlight the bluesier side of the band’s sound. “Deep Space Boogie” also features songs like “Spaghetti Man” and “Half Pint,” whose lyrics play on the funny and somewhat absurd side of love and attraction. With sometimes off the wall lyrics and an eclectic mix of musical styles,
“Deep Space Boogie” truly delivers something different that will get you moving. Characterized by a highly contagious love of playing together, Dr. Slothclaw shows keeps fans dancing all night long, engaging the audience in the funky party they’re having on stage. The members of the 5 piece funk powerhouse, including Adam Golihew (guitar/keys/vocals), Dylan
Kreiger (guitar/vocals), Garry Slick (bass), Joshua Stoner (drums) and Brett Noel
(percussion/vocals), always do their own thing, never failing to deliver a rousing good time.
With the philosophy that “we are all freaks, we are all funky,” you can bet that a night with the
Doctor will be unforgettable.
Venue Information:
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107