Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Alfie Templeman, IDLES, LANY and loads more.
Order a copy
October 2020

Getting to Know... Motherhood

Brighten up your day with Liverpudlians, Motherhood.
Published: 3:00 pm, February 15, 2017
Getting to Know... Motherhood
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Liverpool four-piece Motherhood make the sort of sunny, jangly indie-pop that can bring brightness to even the greyest of winter days. Earlier this week they dropped their second single ‘Clueless’, a song about the perils of Tinder. Meet Ed, Evan, Sully and Shea.

Hey guys, introduce yourselves.
I am Evan, I play the guitar and sing and am the butt of jokes in Motherhood.
I’m Ed, I play the drums and have the best hair.
And I am Shea, and I play the bass.
I’m Sully, and I look eternally displeased.

How did you guys get together, and decide what sort of music you wanted to make?
Ed and Evan met at Freshers week in Liverpool and drunkenly decided to start a band at a bar after talking about a shared love of Taylor Swift. Scouse native and bass lothario Shea McChrystal joined shortly after. On the hunt for a guitarist, we settled on Ed’s childhood friend and old band mate Sully. We spent a year writing and bonding over our shared love of great pop songs, and that’s led to where we are now really.

What are your favourite things to write/sing about?
Well, all the songs we’ve put out so far have essentially been about Evan being single. But really we try to write songs about life, love, loss and Tinder. We do have lots of songs that aren’t just about being single, but they are yet to be unveiled.

How’re you finding being a new band in Liverpool? Where do you hang out?
Liverpool’s cool. It’s a wicked city with lots going on musically. Not all being from here there’s a bit of learning the ropes, getting a feel for the scene and what goes on, but we’re getting there. When we venture out the house, there’s a wicked tequila bar called El Banditos in town which is a current fave. Across the street, there’s a place called Nightcrawler that do incredible pizza, a mean slice at a competitive price.

What do you do for fun?
We watch nature documentaries, spend time with our friends, attempt to make banging pop tunes and harass each other.

What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?
I think one of the best moments was right before we walked on at our debut headline at Arts Club in Liverpool. We set it as a sort of challenge when we started the band, so it had been in the calendar for nine months, from the very beginning. We all teared up a little during our huddle. It was very emotional. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3
[vc_column_text]Do you have big plans for 2017? What’s on the agenda?
We’ve only really just got started so getting out on the road and putting our music in front of people is the overall plan. We’re working on new material at the moment, but we’ve got quite a few songs that we’ve had finished and recorded for a while, so we’re planning how and when to unleash them on the world.

Do you have a bucket list of stuff you’d like to achieve as a band? What’s on it?
I mean, we write music that’s pretty poppy, we’re not making free jazz so there’s an expectation that hopefully we can take that and play it in front of lots of people. We’d like to make an impact with it really, want people to be able to come to a Motherhood show and feel the way we feel when we see our favourite bands. We’re pretty ambitious, so the sky’s the limit but if we’re someone’s proper favourite band that’s the dream really isn’t it.

Anything else we should know?
We bought a Lowery organ on Gumtree, and we’re moving out to a smaller place in summer, does anyone in Liverpool wanna buy a 70s organ?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3
[vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1487158016786{margin-right: 15px !important;margin-left: 15px !important;border-top-width: 10px !important;border-right-width: 10px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;border-left-width: 10px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 20px !important;border-left-color: #1e73be !important;border-left-style: dashed !important;border-right-color: #1e73be !important;border-right-style: dashed !important;border-top-color: #1e73be !important;border-top-style: dashed !important;border-bottom-color: #1e73be !important;border-bottom-style: dashed !important;}


How long have you been together: 1.3 years.

Where are you from: Liverpool

What musical pigeon-hole can we shoehorn you into: Pop music with guitars you can jiggle to.

Which track of yours should we embed in the space below: 'Clueless' 


Give all this a try

Alfie Templeman is on the cover of this month's Dork
New issue

Alfie Templeman is on the cover of this month's Dork

We're giving indie's boy wonder his first magazine cover as he prepares to drop a stonking new track.
The mysterious world of I Don't Know How But They Found Me
Cover feature

The mysterious world of I Don't Know How But They Found Me

Grainy VHS footage? Check. Mysterious figures loitering in the background? Check. Sparkling pop jams with depth and meaning? Check, check and check. It's iDKHOW's time to shine.
Arlo Parks: "I vowed to make music that felt true to my vision, and be a positive force"
Cover feature

Arlo Parks: "I vowed to make music that felt true to my vision, and be a positive force"

Arlo Parks is one of the UK's best young talents; 2021 is her's for the taking.
Life lessons with Dominic Fike: "Do whatever the fuck you want"
Cover feature

Life lessons with Dominic Fike: "Do whatever the fuck you want"

With his much-anticipated debut album now out in the world for all to hear, Dominic Fike has arrived.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing