WHO IS MOTHERSHIP?
Rock n’ Roll history is rife with brothers working together to create their artistic vision. But rarely do we hear about a full-fledged family unit embarking down the treacherous path of a musical career. In the case of Texas based Mothership, the Brother Juett (Kyle on bass, younger brother Kelley on guitar) enlisted the aid of their father, John Juett, to help get the ‘ship off the ground. Raised on a healthy dose of their father’s 70’s-era record collection, the brothers began crafting songs fueled on the raucous and raw good time vibe when music seemed to know no bounds. Lifting off the pad for the first time in 2010, the band began to gain momentum and notoriety with their unabashed live shows. Knowing that the service of the family patriarch was temporary, Father Juett actively helped his boys find his replacement, and in late 2011, enter the mighty Judge Smith to hammer away on the skins.
In early 2012, Mothership entered Crystal Clear Studios with Wo Fat mastermind Kent Stump manning the boards and by mid-year, the band self-released their debut album. It was the combination of the 70’s-era heavy rock fuzz and fury mixed with the blistering guitar solos of the NWOBHM-era that drew the bands attention to California-based Heavy Rock label, Ripple Music. In the waning months of 2012, after a successful year of traveling regionally throughout Texas and opening for national acts such as Prong, Red Fang, Nashville Pussy, Gypsyhawk, Earthen Grave, and Lo-Pan, Mothership officially dubbed Ripple Music as its Home Port.
With the official Ripple Music release of the band’s debut record in February of 2013, Mothership began a torrid journey across America and parts of Canada to promote the record, including a tour in support of Gyspyhawk and another in support of Scorpion Child and Kadavar. They also played locally with national acts such as Monster Magnet, Kvelertak, Cancer Bats, Black Tusk, Howl, and Lord Dying. Currently, the band is holed up in the studio working on new material and plotting a course across Europe in Spring of 2014.
ABOUT THE ALBUM/TOUR
This will be our second full studio album engineered once again by Kent Stump at Crystal Clear Studios in Dallas, TX. This album will be released on vinyl and CD formats. The vinyl and CD will both consist of 8-9 songs, however, the CD will also include 2 bonus songs not available on the vinyl.
The European tour consists of two weeks playing every night across towns in United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, France, and Spain. We are also confirmed to play our very first ever festival at Freak Valley Festival in Netphen, Germany. Our tour mates will be another Dallas, TX heavy rock three piece Wo Fat.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
As you can imagine, self recording an album and touring Europe in the same year is a very expensive undertaking. The minimum amount of $10,000 will help pay for:
• 40 - 45 hours of recording sessions at Crystal Clear Studios in Dallas, TX
• Airfare and baggage fees to and from Europe
• Music equipment rental in Europe
• Van rental and driver fees in Europe
• Promotion and publicity
• Album artwork design
WHEN WILL THE ALBUM BE FINISHED?
With your generous support, we will be in the recording studio tracking the album at the end of April. Editing, mixing and mastering will take a couple of weeks, and once the album artwork is completed we will send the album to press. After meeting with our record label (Ripple Music), we have decided on a fall 2014 release of this album.
HOW CAN I HELP?
If you have the ability to donate, please do! Even if you find yourself unable to donate, please help spread the word with your fellow brothers and sisters on all forms of social media and by word of mouth. We will have flyers available at all our upcoming shows with information on how to help!
CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE RANKS LISTED ABOVE EACH PERK?
Each perk has been listed as a rank aboard the Mothership. The more money you contribute to the project the higher your rank and better the loot. All ranks above "Quartermaster" will receive a black & white Viking Lord back patch (as seen below), all ranks above "Major" will receive a color coordinated back patch which changes color for each rank thereafter. You may choose either the Texas Viking Lord or the regular Viking Lord back patch. Donating $100 or more will also get your full name and rank listed on the album manifest found on the vinyl insert sheet and inside the CD booklet!
Texas Viking Lord Back Patch
Viking Lord Back Patch
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE FUNDS IF I RAISE ABOVE AND BEYOND MY GOAL?
Great question! The goal of this campaign is first and foremost to raise the necessary funds to record our second studio album and fund our European tour. Any extra funds we make from this campaign will be used towards future album recordings, world wide travel endeavors, van and trailer maintenance, and new merchandise.
Thank you for taking the time to check out our campaign, and if you donated already, cheers to you! You are the true life force that keeps us airborne, giving us the fuel we need to write the best albums and give you the best live show as possible. We can't wait to get this new album in your hands, tour the USA again, and play for you in Europe for the first time! This supersonic, intergalactic, heavy rock of a journey has only just begun...welcome aboard!
- Kyle, Kelley, Judge