***Bloomington, Indiana's HEAVY MOTHER are back with a new EP to kick off 2023. Three new originals follow up nicely on their debut album, This Time Around, that came out late last year—a stripped down, r'n'r garage punk extravaganza. Heavy Mother also treat us to dynamite renditions of "The Other Side of This Life" (Fred Neil), "Boogaloo!" (Don Gardner), and the Velvet Underground's "Foggy Notion" featuring a special guest appearance from Craig Bell (Rocket From The Tombs, Mirrors, Saucers). Comical Uncertainty is one heck of a twenty-six minute ride from Indiana's finest rock'n'roll band around!
This Time Around
***"Hey kidz, this is yer Uncle Big Dad talkin’ at ya. The staff over at Feel It Records asked if I’d say something about this debut elpee from Heavy Mother. Damn! I remember rumors of a band by that name way back when I was still alive—roamin’ the Deep South and Lower Midwest. This current crop looks a little young to be the same group, if they even existed back then. But I do remember the singer Eddie Flowers when he was a shut-in Alabama weirdo writing for fanzines as a kid in the 70s. So maybe he knew the supposed original Heavy Mother? I dunno. I do know that he went on to make some records with the original proto-punk Gizmos in Bloomington, Indiana. That was like 1976/77, if I remember correctly. And then he had a psychodelik noise improv thing in L.A. called Crawlspace that went on for more decades than I survived. But these other whipper-snappers? They ain’t that old. The guitar player Mark McWhirter and bassist Zack Worcel (aka Chode) were in a long-running Bloomington R&R band called the Cowboys. They even did some stuff for Feel It Records. Mark was also in ABC Gum for a couple years there. And Chode had his own punky trio called the Chud (don’t think they were named after the classic C.H.U.D. flick). On the skins, or drums as you squares call ’em, is Mr. Clarke Joyner. He was in the original Bloomington lineup of Circuit Des Yeux (which...