Hailing from the humble beginnings of Chico, California, Mother Hips have risen from their college town roots to collaborate with musical giants like Rick Rubin and Phil Lesh. Their latest album, "When We Disappear," marks a poignant 30-year journey through the California soundscape, weaving together elements of rock, folk, blues, and masterful songwriting.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Graham Parsons, The Byrds, and the Chicago-based rock outfit Wilco, Mother Hips seamlessly blend Americana influences with a touch of psychedelic flair.
The harmonious blend of Tim and Greg's vocals, reminiscent of Lennon and McCartney, perfectly complements their knack for crafting songs reminiscent of Merle Haggard and Neil Young.
With "When We Disappear," Mother Hips offer a captivating testament to their enduring legacy, showcasing their ability to seamlessly meld diverse musical influences into a cohesive and captivating sound
A Short History of Rockin' the Roost
Evolution and Exodus:
Around 1997, The Hips traded their lengthy, multi-part anthems for radio-friendly bites. They flirted with country-tinged songwriting, but drummer Mike Wofchuck wasn't a fan. John Hofer, formerly of The Freewheelers, became their new rhythmic backbone. In 1996, Chico waved goodbye as the band set up shop in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Hips, courted by major labels, landed a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings thanks to A&R exec Rob Kasino. Still Chico students, they became labelmates with musical giants like Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, and the Black Crowes (whose frontman, Chris Robinson, played a role in their signing). On their way to SXSW, they even crossed paths with the Black Crowes recording "Amorica" in Conway.
"Back to the Grotto," their debut, received an American re-release in March 1995 with additional recording and mixing. A follow-up, "Part-Timer Goes Full," arrived in August, blending new tracks with older tunes. While American Recordings chose "Shut the Door" as the lead single (causing some fan dissent for its unrepresentativeness), relentless touring kept the band growing. They sold out 2,400 tickets at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, headlined iconic venues like the San Francisco Fillmore, and rocked festivals like Laguna Seca Daze and HORDE.
Despite recording their third album "Shootout" in early 1996 and releasing it in October, American Records' lack of promotion led to them dropping the band. The Hips, however, had already carved their path through hard work and a loyal fanbase, ready for whatever came next.
Stripped Down and Self-Made:
"Later Days" (May 1998) showcased their raw grit, mirroring their frequent gigs across California, with occasional escapes to Utah and the Pacific Northwest. Another self-produced effort, "Green Hills of Earth," embraced poppier vibes, catching the eye of indie label Future Farmer. But mainstream success remained elusive.
Changing Lineup and Hiatus:
In March 2002, bassist Isaac Parsons chose family over fame, handing the reins to Paul Hoaglin, who had previously co-produced their albums. By September, even lead guitarist Greg Loiacono craved a break. Two farewell shows at San Francisco's Slim's in February 2003 put The Hips on indefinite hiatus.
The Legacy Endures:
Though officially dormant, The Hips left their mark on the scene. Their music continues to resonate with fans, and their journey serves as a testament to the power of hard work, evolution, and staying true to your sound. They might be on hiatus, but their music still rocks the roost.
The Mother Hips released an archival 4-CD set compilation celebrating 20 years of music together on September 13, 2011, called Days of Sun and Grass.
On July 9, 2013, the band released a new full-length album 'Behind Beyond'. A new song, 'Freed From a Prison' was made available for streaming on SoundCloud. The album was produced by David Simon-Baker and recorded at the Mission Bells studio in San Francisco.
In 2014 the band released the studio album Chronicle Man which includes eleven tracks that were originally recorded in 1995–96 when the band was signed to American Recordings
In 2017 the band signed with Blue Rose Music.
In 2018 the Mother Hips released their first full-length, original studio album in five years. Chorus featured a new bass player with Jackie Greene contributing to the album. The record was received with critical acclaim and positive reviews around the music community.
In the fall of 2021, it was announced that The Mother Hips would be releasing a new full-length LP on December 3, 2021, on Blue Rose Music Titled Glowing Lantern the album will feature eleven new tracks and will be released on all streaming platforms as well as being available in a limited edition gold 180-gram vinyl.
On January 27, 2023, the band released their 12th studio album titled When We Disappear.
Mother Hips return to the small rural college town of Northern California; Chico where it all started early 1991.
First of two night run at the Big Room Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. Home of the famous 'Pale Ale' -
This night was a great selection from the 30 year catalogue and features songs from their latest release 'When We Dissapear' The entire show features guest keyboardist, vocalist, saxaphonist - Scheila Gonzalez -
the band consists of Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar), Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals), John Hofer (drums) Brian Rashap (bass,vocals) - Recorded by Team Gooch Nor Cali (Cheryl and Tazuo Yamaguchi) *Tazuo Yamaguchi is a veteran taper with over 35 years of recording live music. recorded FOB in the sweet spot with AKG ck63 hypercardiod caps- BabyNBox -Nactives- Sony A10 24/48khz