Hi, Our Basement,

I had a conversation one night with Bill Murray about love, marriage, and all the weirdness in between. At one point, he said, “you’ve got to meet the mother.” I thought about the phrase for years, and then I added the part about kissing the bride. It felt like it belonged in a song – a tagline similar to “You don’t miss your water till your well runs dry.” “Meet The Mother” is my attempt at writing something funny, which makes it a bit of an outlier in my catalogue.

Recorded by Tony Berg featuring myself live on electric guitar with Jason Boesel on drums, we fleshed out “Meet The Mother” a fair bit. Mike Viola stopped by one day to sing backup and play bass and suggested we pare the song back, all the way down to its bare essentials, like a Suicide record. That’s what you’re hearing now and forever, till death do us part.

I wanted to make the “Meet The Mother” video with Lili Hayes. Lili and her son Kevin, who directed the piece, have one of my favourite mother/son relationships, which is well documented on the Internet. It was great to be mothered by her for a day or two.

Thanks for watching/listening! I’m looking forward to sharing more new music with you in the months to come.

Johnathan Rice