Mother Mariposa announces the release of a music video for their single “Changing Shape” from their recent debut album The Monarch Key. “Changing Shape” invites the listener to move past their thoughts and fears, bucking the system in order to improve it. Premiering on Pure Grain Audio at the end of February, “Changing Shape” was described as “a six-minute audio-visual trip into the wide, wonderful world of Mother Mariposa.” (Pure Grain Audio). The video follows the band on their recent tour with The Dandy Warhols, and features candid shots of the band backstage and on the tour bus being themselves with their better halves, crew, and tour mates. The Dandy Warhols‘ Peter Holmstrom is also featured on the song playing guitar on a very rare and unusual guitar device called The Gizmotron from the 70’s (Once used by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Paul McCartney). Overall, “Changing Shape” showcases an infectious groove containing heavy flirtations with a psychedelic romp that wraps itself in a brave new world spark as Mother Mariposa blazes their own sonic trail in the psychedelic-rock, modernized 80’s soundscape that they are becoming known for.
“The song’s message is that we believe in you and we believe that there’s a lot at stake in the universe.”
– Mother Mariposa
Mother Mariposa is the newest project of Thomas Mudrick and Jsun Atoms (The Upsidedown, Daydream Machine, PIA). Two years in the making and joining forces with New Zealand’s Dan Fernie-Harper (Ride Into the Sun, The Dunes), Austin Barone (Lola Buzzkill, Kyle Craft), and the man named after an Oregon river, Trask Schulte (Paste), they have created a melding of electronica, psychedelia, and post-punk brilliance. In their past bands, the members have had their music on over 40 television shows including HBO’s True Blood, Showtime’s Ray Donovan, and FX Sons of Anarchy, while also supporting the likes of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Raveonettes, The Psychedelic Furs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Allah Las, Brian Jonestown Massacre. Jagwar Ma, Hope Sandoval, Luna, and The Black Angels. When shown Mother Mariposa’s latest video, Alex Maas from The Black Angels said “Wow this is unreal, it just melted my brain into the atmosphere”.
Mother Mariposa are a 5 piece band with guitar, bass, keyboards, samples, vocals and drums influenced by a diverse range of musical genres. Their debut album, The Monarch Key, releasing via Portland’s Little Cloud Records, launched them into the ears of listeners and provided them the opportunity of supporting The Dandy Warhols on a run of PNW shows. Mother Mariposa have also been on bills supporting Black Mountain, Har Mar Superstar, and label mates New Candys from Venice, Italy. Mother Mariposa also played Seattle’s Seagaze Festival with dark wave veterans The Prids headlining.
The band will be on tour in March 2020 in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Joshua Tree supporting Mercury Rev at the Desert Stars Festival, and in their hometown of Portland in April at the Doug Fir. Although this band is new, they are loaded with talent and have the pedigree to make this project remarkable, and so far they’ve had no trouble accomplishing that. Plenty of electronically driven psychedelic vibrations come forth when you hit the play button on this band’s music and you aren’t going to find many outfits like this anywhere. Although they are influenced by many, they are blazing their own sonic trail and urging others to follow.