If it’s Thursday, then it’s time for Rock ‘N’ Roll.

The Mother Hips have been around the old rock block for a while, their first release, Back To The Grotto, came out in year 1 A.N.N. (After Nirvana Nevermind). Five Albums, one near break-up, and an e.p. later, The Mother Hips are returning with their first new album since 2001’s The Green Hills Of Earth, with Kiss The Crystal Flake.

I’m not going to bother trying to interpret the album title. Anything I’d come up with would be tangled in drug references, and I Rock Cleveland never endorses recreational drug use. Remember kids, don’t do drugs. I can tell you a bit about this number, “Time-Sick Son Of A Grizzly Bear” that’s been rockin’ the soundsystem today. A lot of the influences cited in the press about the Mother Hips are spot on: The Byrds, The Band, and Neil Young. A solid California psych sound, mixed with some Canadian Southern Rock, provides the base, while a ragged guitar explosion at the 2 minute mark, drives it home. We are talking about a son of a grizzly bear here, and true to it’s name, “Time-Sick Son Of A Grizzly Bear” is rough, rustic, and rowdy Rock ‘N’ Roll.

MP3:The Mother Hips – Time Sick Son Of A Grizzly Bear

Kiss The Crystal Flake by The Mother Hips will be released April 3rd by Camera Records.

The Mother Hips
Camera Records

photo by ND Koster