Ones to Watch: Momma
Genre: Indie Rock, Alt-Rock.
For Fans Of: Snail Mail, Soccer Mommy, The Beths.
Release: Household Name (Album), out now.
Signed: Polyvinyl Record Co./Lucky Number
Hometown: New York City, NY (via Los Angeles, CA)
Momma is a Los Angeles-born, New York-based alt-rock band consisting of founders Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten.
Momma’s latest album, Household Name, marks an exciting new chapter in their musical journey. The album has a tightly-stitched collection that is magnetic yet dynamic, mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar (Beck, Depeche Mode), and marks their debut for Polyvinyl Record Co./Lucky Number. This follows on from their 2020 critically-acclaimed release, Two Of Me.
Inspired by bygone heroes, the album revolves around the rise and fall of the rock star and the tropes and tribulations that come with that arc. The band celebrates and references icons like Nirvana, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, and Kim Deal of The Breeders, while weaving in their own perspective and experiences.
The album perfects a balance of heavy riffs, deep emotions, inviting sonic production, and a lighthearted, wry, sense of humor, that has established Momma in today’s alt-rock scene. With standout tracks like “Medicine” and “Speeding 72”, Momma displays their knack for developing infectious guitar lines paired with an drum-packed bass line.
Watch Momma’s “Speeding 72” below
Momma has received recognition from major music outlets such as DIY, NPR, Stereogum, and Rolling Stone, who featured them as 2020’s “Artist You Need To Know.” After recently finishing a string of North America dates with Death Cab for Cutie, and scheduled for performances at Coachella and Kilby Block Party later this year, Momma is definitely a band to watch out for in 2023.
You can find out more about Momma, order your copy of Household Name, or see their upcoming tour schedule by visiting their website here.