@ Beermongers – Friday, Sept 20th
Every once in awhile you stumble across something so new, that you can’t help but love it.
You want to know everything about it, own everything they’ve done and go to every show. That’s the way I felt the first time hearing Momma Holler live. Now, for those of you that don’t know me, when I’m into something, I’m full on, hardcore into it; and when I hate something, I want to destroy it and erase it from history. So when I tell you I legitimately dig this band, I really mean it, I’m not a suck up, I mean they were already on the show..
Momma Holler is a good ol’ rock n’ roll band from New York and apparently, it’s still 67’ up that way. Which is no problem in my book because when I saw them play at Beermongers in Dallastown, PA, they were amazing. They are bringing back the soul that has been missing in rock n roll for quite a few years now and dancing to it every step of the way. From the running, thumpy Motown bass lines, to the intense yet delicate vocals ala Billie Holiday meets Joplin; this band will melt your core.
Their set started off great with them diving right in, loving it from the start. They played with a passion and veracity sorely left out of most bands these days. They remind you of the days when you would turn on the radio, and just sit and listen intensely because you just really didn’t understand what it was that was making you feel so good. We know now, that feeling, for it was rock n roll, rebellion, anger, pain. Hearing them reminded me of the feelings I got when I heard some of most influential bands in my life for the first time. This band brought back those memories, memories of when you first discovered something unique and true, and the feeling of wanting everyone to hear it
That night, every member was connected, looking at each other, not for cues, not because they were nervous, but because they were incredibly comfortable. Thinking back on that night, I just really remember them playing song after song, no wasted space. I don’t remember being distracted, save for ordering a brew. Personally speaking, this was one of best shows I’ve seen in a long time, and it was bar, with a small PA system, no stage, TV’s on with sports. All of the ingredients of a good show as background music. Perhaps is was a mixture of a great atmosphere with a great band, I don’t know. I know though, that if you ever have a chance to see Momma Holler, do it. I hope it will be as good for you as it was me, but I’m sure it will be.
Momma Holler was on episode 2 of the Ink in Stereo show and they were great playing acoustically for us and very honest and open about their gig, and lyrics. They even have a few additional tracks that you’ll find below.
Thanks for reading, and support your local music!