EP Release: Curious Wail

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, like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens. I love that music, but I did not want to sound like that, music today is so rich in texture, and there are really endless possibilities to create sounds seemingly familiar but hard to grasp; mirroring the feelings that inspired the songs. I tried not to write to a specific genre, but to the spirit of the song."

Right now I am experimenting with each show being in a different city, with different musicians who choose to be part of it. The songs performed will be based on but not limited by the recorded material. Each permutation of the live band will bring their own strengths and challenges to the night. Shows are currently in the works for NYC in August with San Francisco and Denver to follow. 

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Artist: Mothers Fathers Sisters Brothers

Release Date: 08.19.16

FOR LOVERS OF: Wye Oak, Chris Cohen, Sufjan Stevens, Half Waif, Kurt Vile

LEAD TRACK: "Favorite Food"

"Favorite Food was written with the taste of a lover still in my mouth, her smell still in my nostrils, and a lingering question of where she had gone." - Benji Marx

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NYC release show at cake shop 08.20.16

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Forming the NYC iteration of the MFSB band with Benji will be:

Ian Turner of Rubycon - SYNTH

Lucas McCrosson - BASS

Rachel Ana Dobken - DRUMS

With Performances By: 

Hunter and Wolfe (JUST ADDED)

"You know those brilliant thoughts you have before sleep that disappear by morning? If there is a place our nightly epiphanies go, hunter & wolfe has found it and put the lot to music...just when you think you’ve finally got a grasp, the trumpets come in." - Comb Magazine

Rachel Ana Dobken

Rachel Ana Dobken studied jazz drumming, vocals, guitar and theory at Bard College. Her music is raw and honest, personal yet relatable. Her stage presence is so emotionally captivating that it’s been compared to Janis Joplin, Jeff Buckley and Levon Helm.  The tunes are catchy, existing somewhere between rock, soul, indie-alternative, and jazz.  Huge influences that come out in her music include: Paul Simon, Jeff Buckley, Incubus, My Morning Jacket, Patsy Cline meets King Krule meets Lady Lamb meets… well, you decide.

 

Amy Klein 

Amy Klein 

Amy Klein is a critically lauded poet and songwriter from New Jersey. She has been writing poetry since the age of five and fell in love with guitar later in her teens. Since then she has cut her teeth in fantastic bands such as Titus Andronicus, Leda and Hilly Eye. With one foot firmly rooted in perfect punk prose and the other in lush melody, Klein’s debut solo venture Fire was released June 10 via Don Giovanni Records.