With Pacific Dust, psychedelic pop-rock veterans The Mother Hips have two things on their mind: telling stories – and rocking while doing so.
The band has a story of its own. Eighteen-year industry vets and powerhouse Rick Rubin alums, co-founders Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono have dabbled in major labels (MCA), drawn indie respect, and even made appearances on video game favorite, Rock Band.
Those eclectic experiences shine on "Third Floor Story" and "All in Favor," tales of record label relations gone wrong, the latter uncovering a common Hips’ theme. They speak of industry deception, masking it with breezy, backyard BBQ-ready music. The clever "Jess Oxox," grooving indifference of "Lion and the Bull," and longing "One Way Out" continue this trend toward disparity. Not to fear, however. Long-runners "Cheer Up Champ" and title track reunite text and music, returning the group to its rock-infused roots.
Pacific Dust is out now on Camera Records.