By Professor Jocko

If there ever was a time for the music industry to come up with something totally fucking cool to break the mold of what it has become today, that time is now, and Mothership is just the band to do it. What I’m talking about here is a band that has the balls to do what they want to do regardless of what is “popular” with the powers that be. The fans are what is most important to them…the people that buy the albums, not the douche-bags that run the Grammy awards, or any MTV bullshit with boy-bands, hip-hop, and any other worthless crap that is on top 40 radio these days. Mothership is music that is perhaps derived from your early 70’s hard rock with a sound that is unmistakably genuine, reminiscent of bands with a heavier groove such as UFO, Montrose, Deep Purple and maybe Black Sabbath all mixed together. Each member contributes his own individuality that not only increases their chosen musical style, but also reinforces their extraordinary playing and singing capabilities. The choppy riffs and bluesy rhythms are extremely powerful and slightly distorted, but never seem to compromise the integrity of any tracks on the entire album.

After doing a little research, I found that Mothership was formed in 2010 by brothers, Kyle and Kelley Juett, supported by their own father John on the drums for practice and gigs until a permanent replacement, Judge Smith took over the drummers’ position. Hailing from Texas as one of the most up incoming live bands, Mothership’s rock & roll styling has reached both U.S. oceans and has been building a loyal fan base in Europe as well. Yes, they do possess the classic rock style, but with some hellacious guitar riffs and blazing, yet melodic lyrics for a hard-rocking modern sound. Every song on this album brings something slightly different to the table, mixing traditional rock with a heavier twist.

The opening track is an instrumental titled "Hallucination", which is a slow build-up of rhythms set by the band. I usually like intros to an album, but this one seems to be more of a distraction than anything else. I suppose that is because it just doesn’t seem to fit very well when the next song, "Cosmic Rain" kicks in. This is a track that Mothership was not going to compromise on; it is a direct kick in the teeth and really rocks all the way. The lyrics and delivery are pure rock & roll that really redeems any shortcomings on the album mainly due to the vocals of Kelley and punchy swing from the rest of the band. "City Nights" is another really cool tune; the main riff and lyrics are catchy enough and the right size for the job. The guitar solo really pulls the tune together and gives it a chance to breathe. "Angel of Death" also allows us to enjoy the open feeling with appropriate breaks throughout the song with a creative blues guitar mastery that reinforces the lyrics. It may blow out a woofer or two if played too loud, but you'll likely be too busy tapping your toes or banging your head too hard to notice.

Taking a slightly different direction, "Win Or Lose" is another ass kicking rocker which has a great main riff, composition and overall feel but loses a little for its repetition. However, the extraordinary guitar parts really add a much needed diversity to it which moves through various levels of pace. "Elenin" is a track with much to enjoy here, not only in the song itself, but also the musicianship and added production elements; the sound is vibrant, drawing out from each musician and his instrument. "Eagle Soars" also has a driving beat that makes you feel what message the band is trying to convey which keeps you connected to the music. The final track starts as an energetic song just as the previous tracks does, but finishes with a mesmeric, dream-like quality that adds a peaceful finish of tranquility to the album. I suppose that the choice of ending this as a low key song only adds to the grit of the subject matter. The guitar playing while rather simple really nails the musical integrity by making it almost like a medieval minstrel-type tune.