Though the Mother Hips describe their sound as their "own brand of California rock," their musical palette has many shades of Americana. Honing their chops since their last full album, 2001's Green Hills of the Earth, the Hips have managed to evolve with elements like the experimental creativity of Athens, GA (particularly evoking rocker Matthew Sweet) and tinges of blue denim country. But there's no doubt about their heritage: "No-Name Darrell" showcases crunchy classic rock guitars and propulsive drumming, but by the time the sweet vocal harmonies bleed in like the Beach Boys, you know where the band was born. Camera Records aims its lens at the Mother Hips' Kiss the Crystal Flake, out today (April 3).
Now Hear This:
The Mother Hips - "No-Name Darrell" DOWNLOAD MP3
Talk: Did the track make you shake your (mother) hips?
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