Mothers Sings To Our Primal Defense Mechanism In “Blame Kit”

We all need to blame to survive guilt

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Philadelphia-based artist Mothers reflects on our peculiar and unapologetic defense mechanism in her new single “Blame Kit” – a multi-layered indie rock piece built on buzzy guitar lines and aerated drum beats. Wrapping our head around the idea of blaming as a tool, Mothers takes us into a primal and existential introspection of how our tendency to point fingers is a universal indulgence/dilemma that we can never fully tame. Stream below:

“A blame kit is exactly what it sounds like – an apparatus or social mechanism that aims to shift or imply guilt onto a particular person, group, or idea,” explained Mothers. “It is the first of many songs on the record that deals with the body as an object that can be expanded or collapsed, inhabited or deserted. The second section was inspired by a passage I discovered in a book of case studies of schizophrenic and autistic children: ‘His body will at one moment expand to contain things and events that are outside of it, and at the next shrink to near-nothingness…Uncertain of the boundaries of his body, things on the outside become terribly important.’ I couldn’t stop thinking about that.”

The single is from Mothers’ upcoming new album Render Another Ugly Method, which will be out on September 7th via ANTI- Records. Mothers was founded by Kristine Leschper, who started songsmithing when she was attending printmaking school back in Athens Georgia. Since then, Mothers has released the critically acclaimed deubt album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired in 2016 and toured around the world. Speaking of tour, Mothers will start their North America tour this month:

7/11 – Ottobar (Baltimore, MD, USA)

7/13 – Le Ministère (Montreal, Canada)

7/15 – ArtsRiot (Burlington, VT, USA)

7/16 – Bug Jar (Rochester, NY, USA)

7/17 – The 9th Ward at Babeville (Buffalo, NY, USA)

7/18 – Phoenix Concert Theatre (Toronto, Canada)

7/19 – Pyramid Scheme (Grand Rapids, MI, USA)

7/20 – Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee, WI, USA)

7/24 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern (Cleveland, OH, USA)

7/28 – The Underground Music Showcase (Denver, CO, USA)

9/19 – Great Scott (Boston, MA, USA)

9/20 – Baby’s All Right (New York, NY, USA)

9/21 – Songbyrd (Washington, DC, USA)

9/22 – Kings (Raleigh, NC, USA)

9/24 – 40 Watt Club (Athens, GA, USA)

9/25 – The Mothlight (Asheville, NC, USA)

9/26 – The 5 Spot (Nashville, TN, USA)

9/27 – Aisle 5 (Atlanta, GA, USA)

9/28 – Will’s Pub (Orlando, FL, USA)

9/29 – Crowbar (Tampa, FL, USA)

9/30 – The Wilbury (Tallahassee, FL, USA)

10/2 – Gasa Gasa (New Orleans, LA, USA)

10/3 – White Oak Music Hall (Houston, TX, USA)

10/4 – Barracuda (Austin, TX, USA)

10/5 – Curtain Club (Dallas, TX, USA)

10/6 – Paper Tiger (San Antonio, TX, USA)

10/8 – Lowbrow Palace (El Paso, TX, USA)

10/9 – 191 Toole (Tucson, AZ, USA)

10/10 – Soda Bar (San Diego, CA, USA)

10/11 – Constellation Room (Santa Ana, CA, USA)

10/12 – Resident (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

10/13 – Café du Nord (San Francisco, CA, USA)

10/16 – The Liquor Store (Portland, OR, USA)

10/17 – Barboza (Seattle, WA, USA)

10/18 – Neurolux (Boise, ID, USA)

10/19 – Kilby Court (Salt Lake City, UT, USA)

10/22 – Downtown Artery (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

10/23 – Slowdown (Omaha, NE, USA)

10/24 – recordBAR (Kansas City, MO, USA)

10/25 – Vaudeville Mews (Des Moines, IA, USA)

10/27 – Turf Club (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

10/30 – Ace of Cups (Columbus, OH, USA)

10/31 – MOTR Pub (Cincinnati, OH, USA)

11/1 – Spirit (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

11/2 – Strange Matter (Richmond, VA, USA)

11/3 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA, USA)