"...The lyrics of "Her Radiant Limb" spiral upward as Nick Gregg's tenor soars amid the poignant swell of strings. The spring release of the band's five-song EP, Still Life (see "Texas Platters," April 9), carved a niche on a crag of the mountain of potential..."
"..."They'd offered a sum of money – nothing substantial – then the president left," shrugs founder/vocalist Nick Gregg. "Now they're not even a label..."
"...The thought and detail going into the show is on par with a project aimed at adults. For instance, once the decision was made to set the story in Texas, Mother Falcon's Nick Gregg, who headed up the project's composition side, suggested that three animal characters be represented by specific species native to the state – red wolf, chachalaca, and black-bellied whistling duck – because he was interested in their sounds and wanted to use them for those characters' musical lines..."
"...High strung Andrew Bird fancy with Broken Social harmonies and Arcade Fire, plus The Hazards of Love Decemberists: All cram inside Alhambra. Nick Gregg, Tamir Kalifa, Claire Puckett, and okay: Laura Andrade (cello), Rita Andrade (viola), Kira Bordelon (violin), Clara Brill (violin/piano), Diana Burgess (cello), Nick Calvin (cello), Maurice Chammah (violin/vox/piano), Yun Du (violin), Austin Harris (violin), Matt Krolick (trumpet), Gilman Lykken (bassoon), Josh Newburger (violin), Matt Puckett (vox/sax/glockenspiel/piano/banjo/mandolin), Luke Stence (contrabass), and alphabetical anchor Isaac Winburne (sax/percussion) – new birds, new feather...."
"...It’s daunting to consider the fleeting nature of the live music business, but some students deal with it by keeping a pretty clean separation. Nick Gregg, a singer and cellist of Mother Falcon, is a student of architecture – a notoriously demanding major at UT...."
"...Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, John Carroll Lynch and Joe Lo Truglio. Though Gregg Mottola debuted as a writer/director with the critically adored The Daytrippers and did his best feature work with the autobiographical Adventureland, he’s twice now been a director-for-hire, shepherding someone else’s script to screen, and twice now he’s essentially made the same movie..."
"..."Overture" rises first, naturally, the listener entering a chamber of musicians stirring to life. As "Fireflies" exhales with its layered vocals – Nick Gregg, Claire Puckett, Tamir Kalifa – the 18 instruments become airborne..."
"..."This is pretty much all of Mother Falcon onstage," announced Chammah – that much you could hear, that and closing foothold for the newly acquainted, "Umbrella." While the bands may have been essentially the same, their fans apparently were not. Perhaps the midnight hour thinned the summer session set and their parents, but Mother Falcon, piloted by Nick Gregg on vocals, cello, mandolin, and guitar, crammed at least one if not two additional players on the club's corner wedge and proceeded to navigate an altogether more composed flight path..."
"...Their lush baroque pop is classically based, with modern quirks such as accordion and mandolin. At the heart of Mother Falcon is Nick Gregg, vocalist, cellist, mandolin player, guitarist, and songwriter..."
"...15, the Hideout, 12mid A sprawling indie orchestra rife with talent, Mother Falcon recently molted into a new, smaller incarnation following the departure of several founding members. The local outfit's SXSW showcase promises new material after the experimental pop turns of 2015's Good Luck Have Fun, gorgeous and evocative compositions led by Nick Gregg's vocals and ambitious arrangements. – Doug Freeman Mobley..."
"...1am, Esther's Follies The fact that all 17 members of chamber-pop outfit Mother Falcon can convene in one place is impressive enough, until the collective launches into a cut from 2011's Alhambra. Sparkling and beautiful, the band weaves music school studies and backyard jam sessions into a joyous, thriving median, with vocalists Claire Puckett and Nick Gregg leading the charge in Stars-esque vocal tribute..."
"...20, 8pm. Chase Weinacht and Motion Picture open, then Mother Falcon take the stage, headed up by the amazing Nick Gregg, whose cello, mandolin, guitar, and vocals map Mother Falcon’s airborne direction..."
"...“That’s the first time we’ve played that,” said cellist/vocalist Nick Gregg...."
"...Named for a TV-censored phrase from Die Hard (“yippee kai yay, mother falcon”), the Austin phenomenon started when cellist Nick Gregg was in high school at Westlake with some of his fellow orchestra mates jamming to composers of the last 300 years. More and more people joined the band and Mother Falcon today numbers some 20 members, depending on the particular performance...."
"..."We used to play these songs in clubs in Austin, but no one showed up," remarked his keyboard player during downtime between songs. "We mostly played frat parties." Cross' silky-smooth light rock didn't mesh with Austin then, and perhaps it still doesn't, but it didn't stop Nick Gregg and his enormous orchestra, Mother Falcon, from backing Cross on hits like "Sailing," which drew middle-aged-women shrieks at its opening notes...."
"...It's also one of the most adventurous, mixing classical instrumentation with a modern aesthetic – a chamber orchestra accessorized with ethereal vocals. Organized by cellist, guitarist, and vocalist Nick Gregg and featuring the voice of Claire Puckett, Mother Falcon's 2011 debut Alhambra was hailed as one of the year's best for its combination of daring and romance..."
"...An orchestral group of various sizes and shifting personnel, Mother Falcon delivers on every level. Fronted by Nick Gregg, the locals' symphonic pop is at once ethereal and organic on this year's five-song debut EP, Still Life, a feathery swoop of strings, horns, and vocals taking flight majestically on stage..."
"...Credited with 15 members on this debut five-song outing, including four violins and three cellos, Mother Falcon has risen to the forefront of the local youth movement with good reason, the generation of hand X-ers delivering richly ensembled pop that proves enveloping and dynamic. Multi-instrumentalist Nick Gregg leads the formation with a gently fluxing tenor that barbs against Claire Puckett's contrast, the two tentatively flirting through verses on opener "Marigold" atop a bed of lush strings..."
"...Only ASO conductor Peter Bay wasn't onstage when the assemblage's front line of cellos met its six violinists, sax and trumpet swooping in to goose both. Band leader Nick Gregg and his vocal foil Claire Puckett piloted the Falcon's sweeping movements like big-top acrobats flying above a Polyphonic Spree, the group's feral chorus swimming Okkervil River..."
"...The Pacific Northwest boasts Colin Meloy, but we have our own south-by-southwest-bred Will Sheff, whose ultraliterate folk ballads inform Mother Falcon's breathtaking chamber pop, as does the airy melodicism of Andrew Bird. Piloted by Nick Gregg's singing, cello, mandolin, and guitar, Mother Falcon – an expletive from a Bruce Willis movie broadcast on TV – flies up to 15 band members, including vocal foils Tamir Kalifa on accordion and pianist-guitarist Claire Puckett, plus the twin violins of Clara Brill and Yun Du..."