The Mommyheads are back and record label Fanfar! releases their album “New Kings of Pop” on vinyl and digital. In connection with the record, the band will tour Scandinavia together with Sweden’s indie cult heroes Eggstone.
It is difficult to place the American band The Mommyheads within any specific box. No single genre is broad enough to capture the band’s imaginative and willful pop music. This is especially evident on the new album, New Kings of Pop, which is released by the Swedish label Fanfar! in August.
The Mommyheads was formed in New York in 1987, while the band’s members were still in high school. Early on, the band’s music was characterized by experimental ideas and rule breaking. Influences from British post punk bands like XTC were evident from the beginning and over time The Mommyhead’s own sound has evolved into a kaleidoscope of unexpected flashes of classic pop and rock like The Beatles and Queen.
It went so well for the band that they got a deal with the major label Geffen. This also marked the end of the band’s first incarnation. Their introduction to the music industry resulted in the album The Mommyheads, negotiations at the law office and the fact that the members completely lost their interest in playing music ever again. The Mommyheads disbanded in 1998.
But the fans had not forgotten The Mommyheads. On the contrary, the rumor about the band’s unusual music began to spread in Scandinavia. This led to the attention of the band’s members and around 2008, The Mommyheads was again a band that wrote songs together, rehearsed and released records.
Since the last album, Future You, The Mommyhead’s albums are released in collaboration with the Swedish label Fanfar!
The LP “New Kings of Pop” will be released on vinyl and digital on August 14, 2020. In conjunction with the release, The Mommyheads will be touring in Scandinavia with Eggstone.
Today, June 5, 2020, the artist and songwriter Karl Martindahl is 40 years old. We celebrate the occasion and remember when he deputized as the singer of The Mommyheads.
Karl Martindahl became widely known as a participant in the Swedish television program Fame Factory during the years 2003-2004. He has also participated in Melodifestivalen and has had a band together with Alice Cooper’s guitarist Ryan Roxie.
In addition, Karl Martindahl is a devoted admirer of The Mommyheads. Something that led him to join in as a singer in the band, when Adam Elk more or less lost his voice during a period of the Scandinavian tour in 2010. We would say that it went quite well. This clip is Jaded, recorded in Sundbyberg.
The legendary indie band The Mommyheads leaves New York to release their tenth album in Sweden. In August, “Future You” will be followed by a tour of Scandinavia.
Rarely has the term cult band fit as well as with The Mommyheads. The band was formed in 1987 – when the group’s members still attended college – and their imaginative and wayward pop music quickly reached a dedicated crowd of fans around the world.
It went well for The Mommyheads. So good that they ended up on a big label. But that was also the beginning of the end. They recorded an album for Geffen, but the company underwent a crisis and kicked out the band even before the album was released. The Mommyheads first encounter with the music industry was mostly surrounded by meetings and lawyers and the band disbanded with the feeling of never ever going back.
Ten years of silence followed, but it turned out that this absence only increased the fans’ interest. Through the internet, it finally became obvious to the band members – who had only met sporadically since the split – that people were talking more about them than ever before. Maybe it was time to give the band a second chance?
The Mommyheads were reformed in 2008 and has since then regularly released records and played live, not least in Scandinavia. The band has received special attention from Swedish fans, and it is a love that is reciprocated. Today, the band considers Sweden as their second home.
Therefore, it may not be so surprising that Edward Forslund from Riddarna and Pink Milk sings one of the songs on the new album. In Swedish. “Eldsjäl” is a bonus track on the digital release.
It is the Swedish label Fanfar! that issues “Future You”, the band’s tenth album since its inception. The Mommyhead’s music has landed in a relaxed mix of influences from pop’s entire universe and the imaginative and wayward kaleidoscope that has always been the band’s signature. The lyrics also reveal that this is a band that has matured. If they previously sang about rocks and spiders, today’s texts are urgent, contemporary.