Mother Feather Talks About Their First Time On Warped Tour Interview

Sofa King Cool Caught up with Mother Feather and we talk About Their First Time On Warped Tour, signing with Metal Blade Records, face tattoos, and what is next for the band


Mother Feather was formed in late summer 2009 by Ann Courtney on a weekend trip out of New York City, on which she experienced what she described as a “pop cock rock catharsis”, inspiring her to form a band that was “bigger than her everyday self”, “harnessed big feelings”, “embodied showmanship through commitment and urgency”, and was “uplifting and fun”.

The name Mother Feather came to Courtney as a fumbled expletive, which she described as a “direct message from my subconscious via a Freudian slip”.

Impressed with her performance work in Third Rail Projects, Courtney enlisted her best friend, roommate, and fellow Fordham University at Lincoln Center theater alumnus Carena as her “hype woman/sidekick”.

Basile, who worked alongside Courtney on staff at Rockwood Music Hall, joined shortly thereafter and the trio enlisted guitarist and long-time friend Chris Foley in the fall of 2009. Gunnar Olsen joined in early 2010 to round out the lineup.

The band released two independent recordings, the “Mother Feather EP” in 2011 and the “Living Breathing EP” in 2013. On September 14, 2015 it was announced that the band signed to Metal Blade Records and their eponymous debut LP “Mother Feather” would be released on Friday, May 13, 2016, comprising the band’s prior EPs with an additional two songs.

Because of Radio 1 Rock Show DJ Daniel P. Carter‘s enthusiasm for their debut single, “Mother Feather”, the band was invited to record a session at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studio 4 in March 2016. The band recorded three songs from the album and a previously unreleased song, “I.C.U