Fresh off a City Fest performance where De La Soul headlined the main stage, hard-rocking Mean Mother is set to storm the Hamilton Street Pub this Friday, July 10th, with songs about drinking, fighting, and fast cars.

They'll be joining Pub favorites Death Valley Dragline from Flint and Neighborhood Muscle from Saginaw, and they are looking forward to the show, as bassist Clint Debone explains, "This is the first time we've played at the Pub, but I've heard good things and we are excited to play.  We love those kinds of places--places like Rubbles in Mt. Pleasant, Jukes in Grand Rapids, and Smalls in Hamtramck are the venues that keep the local rock and punk scenes alive and support bands that write their own lyrics and bust their own balls to do what they love."  With disgust Debone adds, "Most bars won't book a band unless you can do three hours of top 40 covers.  Yuck!"

Joining Debone is Roxy Vega on guitar and vocals, Bronco Johnson on drums, and Cobra O'Kelly on guitar.  All veterans of the Detroit music scene, the members are from the bands The Nain Rouge, Ganon, and Today I Wait.  Even though they all come from metal bands, Mean Mother is something else entirely.  Debone says, "We kind of wanted to start something that was more of a tribute to the music our dads listened to when we were growing up."  And that music includes classics like Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Led Zepplin, and Deep Purple combined with the group's own love of the likes of Black Flag, The Misfits, Clutch, Kyuss, Nashville Pussy, and Fu Manchu.  "I think that [combination] gets you close."

Through their music, stage presence, and offstage antics, Mean Mother exemplifies the rock and roll ethos of living fast and playing hard.  "We like playing with anyone who is down to hang out and have a good time.  We play with punk bands, metal bands, rock bands, whatever," Debone explains.  "If you are good people and you like to toss back a few bronzies with your fellow rockers, we are going to get along great.  We just played with Death Valley Dragline last month and those guys are great.  We can't wait to play with them again on the 10th."

Mean Mother has been playing together since 2003 and recently released their first CD.  The self-titled album is composed of their ten best songs from their first five years.  The band was also featured on a compilation by Hell City Records called In Loving Memory, which features songs by Strike Anywhere and Anti-Flag as well as a lot of Hell City bands.  Copies of their CD will be available at the show for $5.00, but to get the Hell City compilation, you have to visit hellcityrecords.com.

Mean Mother has shared the stage with some great bands, including TheSword, Shakey Jakes, Swarm of the Lotus, Chapstik, Left in Ruin, and Ozenza, but they don't have an overall favorite performance.  Debone says, "We always have a good time."  And with Friday night's line-up of three heavy bands, this show should prove no different.

The show begins at 10pm, and there is a $3.00 cover.  Hamilton Street Pub is located at 308 S. Hamilton Street, Saginaw, MI 48602.  To keep up-to-date on Mean Mother, visit their myspace page at http://myspace.com/meanmother

© Gina Myers, 2009