“What does Mother Feather mean to you!?” A question that lead singer Ann Courtney of pop rock band, Mother Feather, would ask the crowd throughout the night. To everyone at Mercury Lounge of Friday night, well past midnight, it meant multiple things, but mostly: lose your inhibitions.
Openers Rocket & The Ghost succeeded in getting the crowd ready for an all out spectacle of the best kind. Singer Kiyoshi Matsuyama had quite a great falsetto – crisp and confident – as they bounced through their 40-minute set. Interlacing reggae influences with rock, they got the crowd swaying along to their most well known song, “Gold”.
As Mother Feather took the stage, the crowd stared in rapt attention as the Ann and keyboardist Lizzie Carena stood wordlessly at their mics, donning flamboyant makeup and costumes reminiscent of Bowie. Successfully whipping everyone into a frenzy in anticipation of what would come next, the music swelled, and we were launched into an all out assault on our senses. Water flying into our faces, ducking high kicks, out of control spinning and dancing, and the most wild tambourine playing you’re bound to see in the Lower East Side.
The boys of the band; Matt Basile on bass, Gunnar Olsen on drums and Chris Evans on guitar silently wailed on their respective instruments, with Matt donning most of the glam for the boys in the form of a glittered bare chest, a single strip of white face paint and a leather jacket.
Courtney works the stage tirelessly, engaging in off kilter banter with the crowd and a bevy of unpredictable antics. Combined with hard hitting songs like “Mother Feather”, which I can completely admit I’ve danced so hard to I made myself dizzy, to clear crowd favorite “Trampoline”, which is the most clever metaphor for sex I’ve heard in a long time.
If any newcomers didn’t know what to expect of Mother Feather before this show, they left impressed. Veterans were just as impressed to see that with each show, they get just that much better. I can only predict it’s just a matter of time before the world knows exactly who Mother Feather is, and what it means to them.
Article by: Lesley Keller