Bout Time II
"...Last week, members of Mother Falcon applied their signatures to a document every band dreams of encountering: a major label contract. Seconds later, they signed its termination rejoinder, likely setting a record for the shortest tenure on a corporate imprint...."
"...“This past June, Mother Falcon drove over 7,500 miles through the midwest and around the east coast; spent approximately 120 hours in vans; and performed 23 times in some of America’s greatest (and not so great) venues,” writes Tamir Kalifa, the chamber-rock orchestra’s de facto frontman...."
"...OK Computer, Radiohead’s critically acclaimed third album, was heralded as a conceptual statement about contemporary life. The 1997 disc also happens to be one of Mother Falcon’s very favorite works..."
"...On July 24, the same morning that Scottish Rite Theater's Creative Director Emily Marks was fired, local musician Matt Puckett arrived at the venue to find the locks changed. It was the third day of Mother Falcon's Music Lab, a weeklong camp for musicians ages 11-17 being tutored by Puckett and his Mother Falcon bandmates..."
"...Better to be on a roll than under a rock? That's Mother Falcon's attitude, and the local string phenom continues a stellar year tonight at Seaholm Power Plant, kicking off the weeklong Fusebox Fest. See (and hear) what the buzz is about...."
"...There’s nothing static about Mother Falcon’s Still Life EP, not when upwards of 14 instruments unite in song. Even among its peer bands – Speak, Bright Lights Social Hour, Oikos, and Diamonds – Mother Falcon is in a class of its own...."
"...Moser's also directly responsible for Graham's growth as a musician, having booked him on teen-band bills she put together and helping him stage and promote shows himself. Name any young native of Austin music making their way in the industry and you can likely trace their emergence back to Moser: Graham, Marlon and Finley Sexton, Grace London, Mother Falcon, Gary Clark Jr., the Peterson Brothers..."
"...The Octopus Project headlines with Tia Carrera in the middle, which means the early crowd is in attendance for the opening act, Mother Falcon, the ambitious orchestral pop collective tagged in Austin's high school orchestras and released into colleges and universities across the country. Dressed in black, a mishmash of materials from tees and long-sleeve button-downs to strapless satin, the musicians ease their strings, percussion, reeds, and brass in a drone that quickly funnels into a diaphanous whirl...."
"...To get from the Peter and the Wolf that you know (Russian folk tale, boy hero, Prokofiev, symphonic) to the one premiering this week at Stateside at the Paramount (Texan tall tale, girl hero, Mother Falcon, indie rock), you travel a long and winding road through grrrl power, punk rock, a Siberian labor camp, native Texas wildlife, and long-distance collaboration. But let's start with the Muppets...."
"...In so many ways, Margaret was a driving force behind Mother Falcon. In the early days, it wasn't uncommon for the music world to scoff at a band of 17 musicians, and the logistical challenges that would make it difficult to take us seriously..."
"...With strong showings from Speak at ACL and Mother Falcon at this weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest, young Austin bands are getting a spotlight...."
"...Were Will Sexton 20 years younger, he'd be in Mother Falcon. Though Spoon remains the most important indie band out of Austin since the Butthole Surfers, in Mother Falcon a new wave of multitasking song collectives vets its next nationally seminal pop gods: Okkervil River..."
"...Thursday, July 30, 2009: Oikos and Mother Falcon have loaded into the penthouse suite at Lamberts, once the southwest corner of Liberty Lunch. My two hosts, Music Awards doyenne Margaret Moser and Austin's own Difference Engine Graham Reynolds, are in my face..."
"...That same effort is reflected in Speak's community, many decades removed from the Sixties, yet connected by passionate commitment to art through organizations such as the Vagabond Collective and Skanky Possum. Their peers include a dazzling array of musical talent including Mother Falcon, Sphynx, Marmalakes, Little Lo, the Sour Notes, Sip Sip, Caddywhompus, Oikos, Corduroi, and Hello Wheels...."
"...By the way, where did the enigmatic band name come from? "It's a secret!" Mother Falcon..."
"...After all, her previous job was all about connecting young people with creative outlets, and she isn't about to give up on that. She just wants to expand SRT's offerings to kids and their families and take it in some fresh directions, like, say, a play for youth directed by one of the Rude Mechanicals or a concert for the wee ones by Mother Falcon...."
"...Oikos/Mother FalconLamberts, July 30..."
"...2010: Mother Falcon, Sarah Jarosz, Will Sexton & Sahara Smith, the Explosives with Moby Grape’s Peter Lewis and CCR’s Stu Cook; the Texas Sheiks: Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Bruce Hughes, Cindy Cashdollar, Johnny Nicholas; Soul Jam: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Blues Boy Hubbard, Johnny Hernandez, Raul Malo..."