The Mrs At The Hotel Cafe, Thursday May 11th 2017
Timeless music is all about harmonies, and this may be one of the things that The Mrs have in mind with their breezy harmonies. The all-female quartet played an intimate set at the Hotel Café on Thursday night, and rocked the small stage with their multi-voice upbeat pop-rock songs. However, you should be warned before you start thinking that The Mrs are just another ‘chick band’,… they are four sexy women from Austin Texas who have decided to empower women and give a voice to ordinary housewives and moms. And we are not talking about the Taylor Swift Squad here.
‘We write music and sing about topics that we all can relate to — about the real challenges and triumphs in our lives as moms, as wives, as friends,’ drummer and band founder Andra Liemandt told The Huffington Post. ‘The inspiration … came from looking in the mirror and beating ourselves up about how we do as mothers, wives, sisters, employees, and friends,’ continued Liemandt. ‘We realized that we needed to change our own critical inner voices — say ENOUGH — and start seeing ourselves as other people see us — as worthy, beautiful women, inside and out.’
The four women probably picked the least sexy and most common moniker you have ever heard for a good reason, releasing a self-titled album last March, and they gave us a good sample of their very catchy songs on Thursday night. They opened with Blink of an Eye’, a tune with Fleetwood-Mac-like harmonies which suddenly float in the air, mixing optimism with melancholy, as if it was reflecting the dilemma of all the Mrs out there, the difficulty to be able to balance all the different jobs expected from a woman, the difficult balance between being a mother, a wife and having career…
While (Free) ‘The Beast’ had a car-windows-down liberating and upbeat vibe and a damn hooky chorus, ‘Cravings’ got even catchier, with a rebellious rock tempo and a pop hook so big that it could make Taylor Swift jealous… All their songs shared a knack for beautiful harmonies and earworm potential.
Mandy Prater on guitar and Larissa Ness on keyboard both contributed to the lead vocals, and their voices were blending beautifully during a ballad like ‘Grace’ or the more tearful ‘Somewhere to Go’, while drummer Andra Liemandt and bassist Jenny Mason were often adding theirs to the mix. The songs got diverse as they even added a reggae guitar during the languid ‘Cleaning House’, but they never lost their catchiness,
The four women didn’t choose the easiest path in this youth-inundated industry, they are all in their 30s and 40s, which is obviously still very young but not in terms of the present market. ‘I can’t tell you the number of music industry people who have said ‘I like your music, but you are too old to get radio airplay,’’ said Liemandt to the Huffington Post. But this didn’t stop these mighty women who were decided to pursue their dream of female empowerment.
Picking a drum, a guitar or a keyboard as a hobby is one thing – as they got their inspiration for music after taking their kids to music lesson – but releasing an album and having People magazine launching their video for ‘Blink of an Eye’ this weekend is another level of success! Mentored by ex-Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine, you can see that these women are on a mission, they are not trying to conform to our youth-obsessed society, rather they want to open a new door in music, by creating a new genre of music more relevant to women in their 30s and 40s, and they are succeeding with grace and talent.
Blink of an Eye
Somewhere to Go