Mommy: S/T 7"

Toxic State Records


Mommy are undoubtedly one of the most difficult bands to stylistically pin down within the contemporary NYC hardcore punk scene. Still, with their demo from earlier in the year and their intense live show, we knew they would be a force to be reckoned with and their debut 7" on Toxic State more than proves this. Standing far and above the demo in recording, songwriting, and performance, this is one of the strangest, wildest, and (oddly enough) emotionally revealing records to come out this year. I haven't read lyrics that affected me like this in a long time, let's just say that much. All in all, it makes for one of the most abrasive and difficult listening experiences in all of 2015 punk. As always, the packaging, much like the music of Mommy, is strangely beautiful. Essential.

Our take: Trust me, I realize that I'm one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Toxic State label / scene, and virtually every time they put out a new release I say it's the best thing yet and it's a total game changer. I tend to get excited about this stuff, but that is because this group of people keep producing genuinely exciting music. Even with the bar set so high, though, Mommy strike me as something special. They sound very much like a Toxic State band--especially that tinny bass tone--but more importantly, like the best Toxic State bands they have this way of sucking you completely into their universe. Visually and lyrically the focus here is on one member's (the singer's?) experience with the mental health industry / apparatus, and the depth with which that topic is explored creates a very intense vibe. The music also, of course, perfectly fits this entire aesthetic... there's a kind of psychedelic quality to the way that they can either hang on a riff for a really long time and let you start to drown in it or switch unexpectedly back and forth between totally different grooves. In that respect they remind me quite a bit of the UK Subhumans, but in general I think that this emphasis on rhythm is one of the most underrated and un-remarked-upon qualities of the whole Toxic State-centered scene. Anyway, if you are a fan of artsy yet still 100% punk vibe of the very best Toxic State releases then you should check this out. For my money it really is up there with the best things the label has released.
Tags: 10s hardcore nyc punk raw recommended