Doors: 7:00PM | Show: 7:30PM
Tuesday September 27, 2022
Doors: 7 PM
Show: 730 PM
$16 Advance | $18 Day of Show
General On Sale: Friday 4/22 @ 10AM MST
This show has no Covid requirements for entry.
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Polyvinyl Record Co./Lucky Number
Following Momma’s beloved 2020 LP Two of Me,which introduced the world to the symbiotic writing style and profound creative intuition of founders Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, the band’s third studio album Household Name reveals an exciting new chapter marked by both personal and artistic growth. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, after relocating from hometown Los Angeles, the duo upgraded from GarageBand and took their time writing and recording in a proper studio as a quartet alongside multi-instrumentalist/producer Aron Kobayashi Ritch and drummer Zach CapittiFenton. The resulting album, mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar, is a tightly-stitched collection that is magnetic and dynamic, and also marks their debut for Polyvinyl Record Co./Lucky Number—who signed Momma in the midst of the pandemic before the band members had even finished college. In chasing their idols and embracing personal storytelling, the band has skillfully carved out their own path. Household Name showcases an unfettered vulnerability elevated by serious alt-rock bombast, and is an album that tells the world: This is Momma.
Across the 12 songs, Weingarten and Friedman, who met and formed Momma in high school, cull lyrical inspiration from their own lives for the first time–a contrast with the conceptual fiction of Two of Me. “Iwent through a lot of changes as we were writing and demoing this record. The biggest was that I wasgoing through a really messy breakup, which was motivation to make this record the best it could be. Ireally felt like I had something to prove,” Weingarten says. “I wanted to write about heartbreak, which isn’tsomething we normally focus on in our lyrics. Etta and I ended up writing several songs on our ownbecause we were having two really different experiences during this time. It’s the first record where weeach have three songs that we sing solo on.” Friedman adds, “After making Two of Me, Ithink this albumcouldn’t help but to get personal. This was the first time all four of us worked together throughout theentire process of demoing, recording, etc. We’ve never had the luxury to work this intimately together forsuch a prolonged amount of time.”
Bygone heroes also helped inspire a lyrical theme throughout Household Name: the rise and fall of the rock star, and the tropes and tribulations that come with that arc. The theme allowed the group to celebrate (and, in some cases, directly reference) icons like Nirvana, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, and the Breeders’ Kim Deal, while weaving in their own perspective and experiences. “It became a little game like, ‘Oh this is the ‘Cannonball’ moment or the ‘Drain You’ moment,’” Weingarten recalls of the writing process. “Having that, because we’re all nerds, gave us motivation to keep writing different kinds of songs, and also created focus so that we’re not just presenting scattered ideas. Our guitar chords aren’t classic grunge chords; as Momma, we have our own style.”
“Lucky,” one of the album’s standouts, was written when Friedman was across the country from their partner, and draws inspiration from Liz Phair’s “Nashville.” “She so perfectly put into words how mundanelife can feel the most blissful when the person you love is around,” Friedman remembers. “I think harpingon that thought, and missing my partner so much, is what helped write ‘Lucky.’ I can be lazy, boring,brushing my teeth, naked, half awake, and still get butterflies from them. I just felt like a real winner to bein love with my best friend.” Meanwhile, “Motorbike,” sung by Weingarten, expresses a different,illusionary side of young love. “I was hung up on this guy who I thought was super cool,” Weingartenrecalls. “The song ended up being purely fantasy - I was writing about all of these scenarios that didn’tactually happen, because this guy really wasn’t giving me the time of day. But it all felt real in my head -once you write out the lyrics, rewrite them, demo, and redemo a song, you forget that these weren’t realexperiences. It becomes a part of you."
Although Household Name was mostly inspired by the musicians’ own lives, much of the album embracesa satiric sensibility with its tongue-in-cheek rock culture references. “No Stage” is told from thepoint-of-view of a jaded rock star who desperately wants to make it big ("If I’m famous for the night I’ll belonely all my life"),
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