Mothership Road Test “Serpents Throne” Live in Germany

If you, like me, have been itching to get a taste of some new Mothership, then this live footage of the song “Serpents Throne” from the Texas trio’s forthcoming second LP is going to be just what the rock and roll doctor ordered. The trio has been touring hard more or less since last year, and in 2014 they’ve done SXSW and a run alongside Germany’s Kadavar as well as a recent European jaunt with Wo Fat that included a stop at the Freak Valley festival. Hard to imagine they would have found time to record in there, but at the end of April, they went in and tracked 11 songs with Wo Fat‘s Kent Stump (and if it feels like I’m ignoring the fact that Wo Fat‘s new album, The Conjuring, came out today, that’s only because I’m planning on reviewing it tomorrow) for what will be released as Mothership II on Ripple Music hopefully sometime before the end of the year.

And as tastes go, “Serpents Throne” is a remarkable one. Filmed in Dresden, Germany, at Chemiefabrik by Jörg Steinhauer, the video below seems to show the full glory of eight-minute ride, from the stoner-style riffing that starts it to the sprawling jam that ensues and finally, to a big rock finish worthy of the spaciousness preceding. Mothership‘s self-titled debut, reissued by Ripple last year (review here), won hearts and minds precisely because it was so straightforward and built on quality songwriting, and it would seem the band have set to work expanding their sound a bit even as they hold firm to strong hooks, balls-out riffing and motor-ready groove. I don’t know where in the set “Serpents Throne” might have appeared, but it certainly feels like a closer.

Mothership began their “Summer Invasion” tour this past weekend with support from problematically-named Portland jammers Black Pussy. Dates follow the video below.


Mothership, “Serpents Throne” Live in Dresden, Germany, June 2, 2014

Mothership Summer Invasion tour with Black Pussy
6/18 – The Mothlight – Ashville, NC
6/19 – Southgate House Revival Room – Newport, KY
6/20 – Hi Tone – Memphis, TN
6/21 – Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
6/22 – Downtown Lounge – Tulsa, OK
6/23 – Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
6/25 – Duffy’s Tavern – Lincoln, NE
6/26 – Moon Room – Denver, CO
6/27 – Triple Nickel Tavern – Colorado Springs, CO
6/28 – Bar Deluxe – Salt Lake City, UT
6/29 – Neurolox – Boise, ID
7/1 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
7/2 – Backstage Bar – Las Vegas, NV
7/3 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
7/4 – Bandit Town – North Fork, CA
7/5 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
7/6 – Whiskey Dicks – South Lake Tahoe, CA
7/7 – Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV
7/9 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
7/10 – Volcanic Theatre Pub – Bend, OR
7/11 – Kenton Club – Portland, OR
7/12 – Highline – Seattle, WA
7/14 – Johnny B’s – Medford, OR
7/17 – Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
7/18 – Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
7/19 – Leftwoods – Amarillo, TX
7/20 – Backstage – Lubbock, TX
7/21 – Lola’s Saloon – Fort Worth, TX

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4 Responses to “Mothership Road Test “Serpents Throne” Live in Germany”

  1. joerg says:

    fuck yeah, nice to see my footage here! this was truly an amazing show.

  2. Odi Harrelson says:

    Love the new song. It kick’s ass.
    Thanks for the ride.

  3. Odie Harrelson says:

    Awesome song and video. Thanks for the ride. I told yea hard work pays off.

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