Georgia-based band Mothers played at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and sat down with Rolling Stone for an interview following their performance at the Teva DIY lounge at The Grind.
Lead singer-songwriter Kristine Leschper communicated with heartfelt, personal lyrics that reveal powerful emotions. She reveals the band’s creative process to host, Michelle Marie, and discusses the striking honesty behind their debut record, When You Walk a Long Distance, You are Tired.
“It kind of felt like the only way to do it for me,” Lepcher explained when asked about her expressive songwriting. “The only strength that I felt I really had was to be honest, and to just try and put something out that felt like it was really from the gut.”
The singer went on to talk about her songwriting process, and how she’s been eager to create following their tour. “It’s been good for me to not be able to write for a while, because now I’m so desperate to just sit down and do it.”
The group originated as Leschper’s solo project and evolved into a four-piece band on the local music scene in Athens, GA. Guitarist, Drew Kirby touched on the instant chemistry and seemingly organic process of forming the band.
“We were making the record two or three weeks after we first played a show together. That’s how quick it actually happened.”
When asked who the “mother” was out of the group, Kirby did not hesitate to describe Leschper as the one who keeps the band in order. He added, “She’s just the most sensible.”