Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers is a collaborative project created by Oakland based musician Benji Marx
The music of Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers focuses on the cycles of gain and loss, happiness and sadness that flow through our lives. The songs were written after the loss of a relationship and a reevaluation of what it means to lead a fulfilling life. I realized that we all have a circle of responsibility and we choose how far we want to extend it. How far can we push this boundary? Can we include each other? This project is a totem to remind me and hopefully others of the circles we draw, and to maintain the mindset that we are all mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers.
Musically, this EP is textural and synth heavy. I grew up listening to a lot of folk music from the 60s and 70s. I love Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, but I don’t
want to sound like that. Music today is so rich in texture. There are endless possibilities to create sounds seemingly familiar but hard to grasp, mirroring the feelings that inspired these songs. I tried not to write to a specific genre, but to the spirit of the song.
In its current form, Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers is a series of shows. Each in a different city with different musicians I respect and admire who choose to be part of it. The songs performed will be based on, but not limited to, the recorded material. Each live band permutation will bring unique strengths and challenges to the night. The first show is set to take place in Brooklyn, NY this August with San Francisco and Denver to follow.