Mother’s Mistakes

Status:  Active

Michael Lejeune
Frank Schoonbeck

Some time after the original incarnation of Daybloom came to a close, Frank and I decided to continue working together on something new, in the vein of progressive rock, a genre he and I had learned we shared a love for.  We set up in Frank’s basement and went to work.  The result was so encouraging that now, four years later, we’re still excitedly bounding forward with the project.

It takes a certain temperament to work together successfully long-term on a creative endeavor, and we both feel pretty lucky to be in this thing, watching it take off and gain its own momentum.  Fans of Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and classic prog bands like Yes, Camel, ELP, and King Crimson will find something they like in Mother’s Mistakes.

The first album, self-titled, is comprised of songs that each of us brought to the table before meeting, that we spent much time performing to hone and shore up loose edges.  We auditioned a number of drummers, and even spent a considerable amount of time working with one of them, but in the end the project would be best served as a recording effort rather than a live one.  The drums on the record were composed by the two of us.

The hand-picked songs on the album stand out deeply from one to the next, spanning genres and incorporating contrasting interludes that create an expansive feel across its eleven tracks.  The progressive element sometimes takes a backseat to pop sensibility or hard rock groove, but comes sneaking back in just when needed.  The album dropped in 2013 and experienced a limited local distribution.

The second record is currently in post-production, and is without a doubt a huge step forward.  The two of us elected to compose each of the tracks together, as we recorded them, rather than bringing completed pieces and adapting to each other’s finished work.  The vocal duties, split between songs on the first record, are combined in each song to make a more unified feel album-wide.  The progressive elements are far more present than in the first record, and the genres that influence us make their appearances in smaller musical elements rather than whole songs.

A Bandcamp storefront is in the works for Mother’s Mistakes, and when the second record is released we’ll make it available for streaming, download, and CD purchase.  The first few who order the album will receive the first album as a bonus, free!  After stock runs out, a new edition of the first album will be made available.

For now, sit tight, and consider checking out one of the other projects here.  How about a taste of metal, alt-folkrock, or electronica?


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