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MP3 Mother Explosives - What's Up With Your Face Forehead?

After returning from the Pisgah National Forest one grey evening, Mother Explosives sat down at his kitchen table and composed and recorded the EP "What''s Up With Your Face Forehead?" Listen, Burn, and Explode.

4 MP3 Songs in this album (13:25) !
Related styles: Folk: Anti-Folk, Country: Americana, Mood: Quirky

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I consider myself to be a songwriter first/foremost. I have always been interested in story telling and more specifically the attempt to tell my story. I’ve always felt that my actual “singing” or “playing” in terms of being a musician took a back seat to what I was attempting to do with telling my story.

With that said, I also consider myself a performance artist as well. I really feel that seeing someone perform their songs is a big part of the whole package. My performance/stage presence is a big part of what I’m trying to accomplish with my music, especially because more often than not, I play loud venues like bars, sandwiched between two full five piece bands and I walk up with just my acoustic guitar. You can’t walk up with just an acoustic guitar and expect people to pay attention without giving them something to pay attention to.

Though it sounds weird and self-absorbed to attempt and explain the bigger purpose of what one tries to do with their art, I feel for me: I want to try and share bits and flashes of my life, my story. My current vein for doing this is through song. I don’t really care what anyone thinks about the aesthetics of my music (though I feel at some base level everyone wants to be liked, loved, and appreciated). Everyone at some level wants to feel that the work they are doing is important. My story is sad, funny, serious, angry, weird, and occasionally happy. So my songs are sad, funny, serious, angry, weird, and happy all at the same time. And in fact I feel that life is sad, funny, serious, angry, weird, and happy. At at the end of the day all I’m really trying to do is explain my little take on life with the vain hope that this will in turn make me feel better (which it always does) and the people that listen to my songs feel better as well. And even if they don’t feel better necessarily at least feel that in someone way we are all connected and the timeless idea that “we are all in this together.”I am only trying to describe my experience with this thing called life so the things that have inspired me are people that I feel I can relate to on some level. I draw almost exclusively from real-life events. Relationships falling apart are a big part of my life and are in turn a big part of some of my more recent songs. The musicians I love are too many to list, but I will say this. I was recently at a performance by Brandi Carlisle and she told this story about an interaction she had with Elton John recently where they were talking about musical inspirations. She said that she “loved the Beatles, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan.” And he said something along the lines of “I know…who doesn’t?” And went on to explain that we all already have those guys in our inspiration catalog (if that exists) and that where we should be looking for music inspiration should be the people that are right beside us. The songwriters on the verge or maybe even still playing to their bedroom walls are the ones that we should be seeking out and researching and listening to and interacting with. I firmly believe we can only be as good as what we are listening to. I spend hours every day seeking out new musicians online and especially musicians who are playing locally in Asheville, NC.

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