The Mommyheads formed while Ronald Reagan was in the middle of his second term. They broke up when Bill Clinton was in the middle of his second term. They reformed as George W. Bush was getting ready to leave office. On Friday, the Mommyheads are set to release their first new album since The Donald became the leader of the free world, so is it just a coincidence it’s called Soundtrack To The World’s End?
“When we first got together to listen to each other’s new songs, we noticed a theme emerging: our world on the brink of social, ecological and economic catastrophe,” says mult-instrumentalist/vocalist Michael Holt. “Hopefully, those things would be on any awake mind these days. So we ran with that in our further writing and naming of the album.”
But don’t worry, kids: Soundtrack To The World’s End (Dead Frog), the band’s first LP since 2012’s Vulnerable Boy and 11th overall, isn’t all gloom and doom. Even those of you hiding under the sheets waiting for Trump’s presidency to end can find some hope and change in these tunes. Not all of these 13 tracks are about the impending apocalypse so many disheartened humans are certain is right around the corner.
“Not every song is on that topic, or even dark,” says Holt. “‘Everybody Needs A Fool,” for example, has an uplifting message in the chorus, and came out of a bunch of jamming we did in a remote cabin in upstate New York—it’s a real band co-write. That spirit of collaboration runs through the whole album, and we’re really psyched to be active again after a long break, putting ourselves out there, touring, making ourselves vulnerable to the world.”
You’re able to pre-order Soundtrack To The World’s End here, but you can try before you buy by checking out the whole album below. We’re proud to premiere it today on magnetmagazine.com. Give it a spin now, and if you happen to be in Sweden, you can catch the band live tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. For those of you in the New York area, you’ll have to wait a few weeks. Check out the band’s tour dates below. It may be the end of the world as you know it, but seeing the Mommyheads live will make you feel fine.
9/21 Beacon, NY, The Towne Crier
9/29 Brooklyn, Union Pool
10/6 New York City, Rockwood Music Hall