The Mama Rags formed in the fall of 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the great rock bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s heyday, the band seeks to translate the vintage aesthetic of quality rock and roll to a modern-day audience. Combining hard rock with hints of garage, psychedelic, country, and blues, The Mama Rags create a well-rounded and unique sound that leaves you thinking you were born in the wrong era.
Hectic Electric is a debut release that encapsulates the golden-era rock stylings of The Mama Rags. On the one hand, you have “Change You,” a catchy pop tune guaranteed to be stuck in your head all day, that was mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Don Gehman (R.E.M., Stephen Stills, Neil Young, John Mellencamp). On the other hand, a collection of songs recorded in friend Shawn Fleming’s (King Dude) basement over a December weekend which feature dirty riffs reminiscent of Black Sabbath (“Borrowed Time”), the sloppy attitude of the Stones (“Invite Me Over”), and modern garage rock accessibility (“Hectic Electric”).
Hectic Electric sees its release on June 16, 2015 via FunkFarm. The exclusive album stream is above, and the flyer for the band’s record release show (Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern) is below.