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Women Taking the Scene

Warped In Reverse

Episode #16

Interview by Cosmic-A (Monica Demattei) | Transcription by Tyler Peckham

Spandex and heavy eyeliner is the first thing you see when you meet Mother Feather, a female-fronted “pop cock rock” band based in New York who played Vans Warped Tour last summer. The woman behind the madness is Ann Courtney, who does vocals and writing for the band, though she is far from a solo act. She is joined by vocalist, keyboardist and hype-woman Elizabeth Carena, bassist Matt Basile, guitarist Chris Foley and Gunnar Olsen on drums. Monica of Tour Press Force caught up with the band after their Warped Tour set.

I’m Monica with Tour Press Force and I’m here with Mother Feather and we have…

Ann and Lizzy [Elizabeth].

How’s the tour been treating you so far?

Amazing, spectacular, it’s been a wild ride. It’s an incredible adventure we’re so happy.

How is this venue different from what you normally do?

We usually play nightclubs but we have been on tour now for almost seven weeks, so we are pretty used to the lay of the land. It’s another beautiful parking lot here in sunny California, usually we play nightclubs, and we play late in New York City, so it’s been different for us.

Tell use the concept behind the muse, Mother Feather.

It was a personal rebirth for me. I had a pop cock rock catharsis, an incredible epiphany that inspired me to write a bunch of songs and enlist all of my dearest, most musical, passionate friends and said, “c’mon, let’s fucking rule the world.’

And why do you call it pop cock rock?

Because that’s what it is. Pop cock rock is an elevator pitch; it is a catchy invitation to ask more questions.

Where did the vision come from?

It comes from me and then I bring it to the band, and then we develop it into something together that is much, much bigger then I could do on my own. So I’m definitely not a solo artist for sure.

What’s next after Warped Tour?

More shows, more music. I feel like I’m bubbling over with another album definitely. I’ve gotta put it to paper.

Do you have a new album coming up?

We just released our debut album on Metal Blade [Records] May 13 of this year, so we are really excited about that right now. Definitely go buy it!

Are you going to be touring anywhere outside of New York?

Yes, but we have nothing we can announce yet.

Can you tell me about what it means to girls to have women in this industry to look up to?

I love women. I love all my female friends, I love my mother. My brand of feminism is that I want women to feel free and happy and be themselves and all of the things that that contains. The ugly sides, the less glamorous sides, the pain, the horror, but also the joy, the beauty, and the magic, I think it’s all in there.

Is there anything else you want to tell your fans?

Rise to meet your Mother Feather.

Though Mother Feather has not released any further content, their self-titled album released with Metal Blade Records has done well and the band is currently slotted to play three festivals in May. They will join Def Leppard, Korn and Avenged Sevenfold at Carolina Rebellion May 5-7, followed by Tokyo X Brooklyn May 16-17, and the huge Columbus, OH festival Rock on the Range May 19-21.

YouTube | Living, Breathing – Mother Feather (Official Video)

Follow Mother Feather on social media!

Facebook: @motherfeather

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