Mother Falcon began as a jam session among a few adventurous high school cellists eager to break out of the rigid repertoire predominate in their musical training. In the seven years since, violins, saxophones, trumpet, piano, accordion, banjo, guitars and bassoon have joined that small group of cellists in an ...
Watch Mother Falcon on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” HERE;
BreakThru Radio Session HERE
Stream Daytrotter Performance HERE
“Sweepingly Majestic ..." - NPR Music
"a master course in compelling arrangements..." - Austin Chronicle
“Mother Falcon's sonic textures reach ethereal and mighty places rock bands can only go when they hire an orchestra.” – SF Weekly
“An awe-inspiring live performance...
Mother Falcon return with their third full-length Good Luck Have Fun, out August 14th on BitCandy. With this release, the Austin based indie orchestra takes a leap into the unknown, blowing up their usual way of composing and recording together in a conscious effort to push themselves into new stylistic and sonic realms. Good Luck Have Fun explores a complicated stew of regret, betrayal, yearning and nostalgia for childhood, set among some of the most ambitious music of Mother Falcon's burgeoning career. In preparation for the release, Mother Falcon has announced a NYC show with more to come this fall!
Album opener “Kid” sets the bar high with instrumental layers progressively piling up hooks behind a shimmering vocal from Claire Puckett. “Quiet Mind” gradually builds from stark violin pizzicatos to jazzy horn blasts as Tamir Kalifa’s choirboy voice soars above lush swells of strings with the emotionalism that has always characterized the Mother Falcon “sound.” “Water,” a reworking of the dreamy final track from their previous album, is cathartically transformed into something startlingly different with relentless Latin rhythms, dissonant strings, funk guitar and squalling horns, all pointing toward a more aggressive approach in the future.
“Kid” premiered with SPIN
and is available to post & share HERE
Good Luck Have Fun doubles down on both the accessible and adventurous sides of Mother Falcon. While the first half of the album soars with an emphasis on rhythm, concise arrangements and a wealth of hooks, the second half of the album is comprised of experimental instrumental soundscapes composed as the score to an upcoming documentary about competitive gaming. Inspired by Bowie’s Low, 60s improv iconoclasts AAM, Koji Kondo’s score for Majora’s Mask and the psychedelic drone of Fuck Buttons, the instrumental pieces ebb and flow in tension between unresolved crescendos and throbbing, jagged minimalism. Pressing forward toward fresh and innovative ground, Good Luck Have Fun shows Mother Falcon unafraid to take risks in search of something radiant and new.
Mother Falcon’s spirited live set is irresistible - the extravagant stage show includes several sets of strings, a vast horn section, a pedal steel guitar and even a bassoon and has been hailed by NPR as “Sweepingly Majestic” and The Washington Post as “arena-ready.” Over the span of their East Coast tour this June, band member (guitar, accordion, vocals) and resident photographer & videographer Tamir Kalifa documented their 120 hours in vans across 7,500 miles with 5 GoPro cameras.
The footage becomes their latest music video for “Marfa,” in the form of a stunning tour diary which includes a plethora of live and behind-the-scenes shots. In celebration of their upcoming homecoming shows in Austin, the video was unveiled with the Austin Chronicle. Click HERE to watch, and we encourage you to post and share!
Be sure to catch Mother Falcon live in a city near you- in addition to two homecoming shows in Austin at Long Center for the Arts and The Mohawk, they’ll be hitting San Diego, LA, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver and more!
Band to Perform with Grammy-Winning Composer Peter Stopschinski in Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", December 28 @ Central Presbyterian Church, Austin TX
It’s been an incredible year for Mother Falcon.
Not only has the band earned the distinction of being “the largest ensemble ever to squeeze behind Bob Boilen's desk” during a taping of “Tiny Desk Concerts” at the NPR offices in Washington DC, but they spent most of the year on a highly successful national debut tour that took them from coast to coast, selling out shows from Chicago to San Francisco, Louisville to Portland in support of their latest album, You Knew.
Following a string of buzz-worthy SXSW shows that caught the attention of national programmers last March, the band signed with Red Ryder Entertainment and headed to New York City, where they did a month-long residency in June. They toured nationally all summer long, returning home in late August to play their largest headlining show to date in front of 750 at the Mohawk. Along the way Mother Falcon collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Amanda Palmer, Alejandro Escovedo, Jherek Boschoff, Ben Sollee and Tony Trishka, and have been well received by the press.
Mother Falcon’s final show of 2013 will be a very special night, as they join Grammy-winning composer Peter Stopschinski to perform his world premiere of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” at Central Presbyterian Church on December 28. The collaboration continues a relationship that began when Stopschinski taught composition to several Mother Falcon members in middle school; he has also composed music for The Red Armada Quartet, a teen ensemble of Mother Falcon members.
Not ones, Mother Falcon has already announced East Coast tour dates for January, 2014, and will be announcing West Coast dates for February soon.
Mother Falcon Tour Dates 2014
Jan 8 Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Jan 9 Arlington, VA @ IOTA Club
Jan 10 Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield
Jan 11 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge (Winter JazzFest)
Jan 14 Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge
Jan 15 Burlington, VT @ Nectar’s
Jan 16 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
Jan 17 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theater
Jan 18 Boston, MA @ Great Scott