Mother and The Addicts (4 stars)

Science Fiction Illustrated

(Chemikal Underground)


Mother and the Addicts’ debut album burst, in a flurry of white funk and eyeliner, from out of nowhere in 2005 – and subsequently left more people scratching their heads than dipping into their pockets. Successfully bedded in now, the Glasgow quartet return with another hair-brained hair-raiser – one that should rightly propel them to heights merited.

Orange Juice remain a heavy influence – particularly on Sam ‘Mother’ Smith’s knowing croon and wrist-heavy guitar work. There’s an unrelentingly groovy thrust this time round, though, one that incorporates everything from retro rockabilly (‘All In the Mind’) to bug-eyed electro funk (‘Watch the Lines’). It’s the sort of record whole new dances are invented to.

Mother and the Addicts, De Rosa and The Phantom Band

Chemikal Underground Christmas party featuring a headline set from the demented garage glam outfit whose 'Science Fiction Illustrated' album was the 100th release on the label.

Chem 100

  • 4 stars

Chemikal Underground celebrate their 100th release with this showcase from Mother & the Addicts, Aidan Moffat and De Rosa. Part of T on the Fringe.

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