Progressive rockers from the heart of Europe, Austria's very own Mother's Cake will make their first ever visit to Australia in February 2014. Mother's Cake will be showcasing tracks from their debut record -Creation's Finest' including single -Soul Prison' which features Ikey Owens from The Mars Volta on keyboards. The album is due for Australian release in February 2014 through Inaway Records.
Taking the European live circuit by storm the band has recently supported the likes of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Velvet Revolver, Living Colour, LeTigre, The Deftones, Omar Rodriguez Band and more, cleaning up audiences and critics alike. Mother Cake's music is also featured in director Henning Backhaus's (a student of Michael Haneke) film -Local Heroes' which premiered at 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012.
Mother's Cake was founded in 2008 when three musicians came together to embody the spirit of revolution and change of the 1970's with the concurrent tendencies of their generation. The trio, consisting of the outstanding individual musicians Yves Krismer, Benedikt Trenkwalder and Jan Haußels, features dynamic and ambitious songwriting that reminds of legends like The Mars Volta, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. Mother's Cake's music is based on a complex netting of rhythm and harmonic possibilities without losing its own authenticity or having the effect of artificiality. Their lyrics express feelings of revolution, love, independence and freedom.
Mother's Cake Endless Space Tour
Wednesday 12th February 2014: ADELAIDE, Enigma Bar - SA
Thursday 13th February 2014: BALLARAT, Karova Lounge - VIC
Friday 14th February 2014: GEELONG, Courthouse (All Ages) - VIC
Saturday 15th February 2014: MELBOURNE, Rock The Bay Festival (The Esplanade) - VIC
Wednesday 19th February 2014: CANBERRA, ANU Bar - ACT
Thursday 20th February 2014: WOLLONGONG, Yours & Owls - NSW
Friday 21st February 2014: SYDNEY, Bald Faced Stag - NSW
Saturday 22nd February 2014: BRISBANE, Beetle Bar - QLD
Question: What are you looking forward to about touring Australia?
Mother's Cake: The first sunburn in two years; being bitten by a poisonous animal; first breakdown with the next service station being at least 200km away; on the edge of death, trying to surf like the pros do; having a beer or two with some Australian fellows and listen to all those sick bands performing with us! You can see: we're expecting quite a lot from Australia!
Question: What should we expect from the upcoming album release?
Mother's Cake: An awesome piece of music! Hope you like it.
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Mother's Cake: Yes we do write our own songs! Inspiration comes from each part of the band as well as experiences made on tour and the usual: a famous man once said: good artists copy, great artists steal.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Mother's Cake: Bands we listen to are mostly kind of random. We try to keep our mind open for new stuff. But sure, there are favorites: TMV, QOTSA, ACDC, Wing (!!!), The Beatles, Queen, Nik Bärtsch & Ronin, Bonobo, Wolfmother, Muse and so on...
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Mother's Cake: YES/YES/YES – no dates yet – we learned in the past that we're late on every date we announce – awkward. But 'a good thing takes time'!
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Mother's Cake: There are and I guess always will be. To requote ACDC: it's a long way to the top if you want to rock'n roll – true words spoken by wise men!
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Mother's Cake: Definitely live performing. Our music is written during jams and perfectly resembled in our live performances. We try hard to take the audience to a place where the people can forget the daily sorrows – after four years of playing gigs we do pretty well succeeding at it. These moments are priceless on stage!
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Mother's Cake: Hendrix @ Woodstock, Led Zeppelin @ Royal Albert Hall, Pink Floyd @ Pompeii; Those kind of shows inspired us to be musicians. We still have a long run and it's a long shot but still worth trying it.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Mother's Cake: It-s always the money – so far each and every penny we earned playing went straight back investing into some recordings, videos, merch, cars and those million things a band needs to buy. Keeping everyone happy without paying them for their great work – I guess it would be impossible if it weren't for everyone's passion.
Question: What's a typical day like?
Mother's Cake: Cold, snowy, windy and a huge fight getting the ass on the bike and into the rehearsal room.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Mother's Cake: The first time we went to perform on stage and realise that it wasn't just us enjoying our music.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Mother's Cake: We are just in the making of a live video called 'Mother's Cake And Friends' which will be released in spring 2014. We collaborated with Heidi, Andreas Tentschert and Charly Maier. All three fantastic local musicians as you will hear and see in the video. As for worldfamous names: why not a little drum feature of Dave Grohl, an organ solo by Shaun Martin and a bass lick made by Les Claypool- who could possibly say no to such artists?
Question: Do you have a website fans can visit?
Mother's Cake: www.motherscake.com
Question: What is the story behind the band's name?
Mother's Cake: We went for the formula displeasing and easy to remember = perfect name.
Why displeasing you ask? In German it has ambivalent translations. But you'll have to find that out yourself!
Interview by Brooke Hunter