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“Come On, The Cross” b/w “Good Swords,” Young Mothers’ debut single for Fort Lowell Records, exhibits a remarkable progression, retaining the charm of Art & Crafts while moving into even more exciting territory. The “evil-‘Hey Jude’” vibe of “Come On, The Cross” finds Toporek and Young Mothers tossing “Under Pressure” style glam rock on its head, sure-footedly mixing classic sounds with modern indie-rock flair. “Good Swords” is no less distinct, with Toporek’s multi-tracked voice offering hymn-like grace. “Come On, The Cross” is an ambitious step forward from Arts & Crafts, and likely an exciting precursor to the Young Mothers’ next release.
-Jason P. Woodbury
FLR's first single – released on my birthday, no less – is classic indie rock, opening with an easy mix of acoustic and electric guitars and then blossoming into its catchy chorus. Zach Toporek sings with conviction and a refreshing throwback sense of passion – far more Fogerty than his emo contemporaries.
The power-pop burst of "Come On The Cross" is tempered by the B-side "Our Swords," a soft tune, with multi-layered vocals and guitars. From the front to the back, the single has a spring-autumn feel, a nice sense of completeness that's hard to accomplish in just two songs.
Looking back, the 7 inch did exactly what it’s supposed to for a band – introduced a new creative path that culminated in the full length Have Some Fun record, released in December. While neither song from the single is on Have Some Fun, the tunes functioned as teasers for what was to come.
Songwriter Zachary Bennett Toporek has come up with two pop songs that can stand the test of time. Come On, The Cross is driven by a Pixies styled guitar and vocal parts that explore different tempos. The flip-side Good Swords is slower with Sixties West Coast harmonizing.
“Come On, The Cross” b/w “Good Swords” is released on 7 inch green vinyl, limited to 500 copies. Cover art by photographer Alaina Brownell, who is still using analog equipment. Release date: April 20. Vinyl challenged? Look for it at the usual digital outlets.
-Here Comes The Flood
Det ganska nya skivbolaget Fort Lowell Records kommer inom den närmsta framtiden släppa färggranna sjutumsvinyler (limiterade, såklart) från artister från Tuscon, Arizona. Först ut är Young Mothers och deras Come on, the cross som finns tillgänglig för inköp från och med 20 april. Smaka på a-sidan här
Young Mothers inaugurate Fort Lowell Records with a fantastically packaged 7” on a light green vinyl. Young Mothers open up with “Come On, The Cross” a classic 90’s indie rock pop song melding acoustic and electric guitars. This would have got plenty of spins in the early days of college radio. The b-side is a more mellow affair featuring just guitars and vocals with intelligent songwriting and strong melodies. “Good Swords” really steals the show with a strong build to a cathartic emotional release.
"Young Mothers is the project of Phoenix musician Zach Toporek. The record was put out by Fort Lowell Records, a great record label based out of Tucson with a special affinity for pressing vinyl records. This 7" gives a taste of Young Mothers sound which is very promising to say the least. The track "Come On, The Cross" could be a big hit, with its perfect combination between catchy pop and good ol' fashioned rock and roll. It's the kind of song that gets better the more it's listened to, with a melody that could get stuck in your head for days.
The track that is especially captivating is the other track on the single, "Good Swords". It is folky, mellow, and melancholy. His vocals are reminiscent of Elliot Smith, and the finger-picking style of the guitar is soothing, with soft vocal harmonies throughout the song.
Young Mothers has a fresh, yet familiar take on pop music. Toporek goes beyond typical expectations of what a pop song should sound like while still creating music that is relatable and appealing."