MOTHER EARTH

Soona Than Much Layta

 
 
 

ABOUT

The New MOTHER EARTH for 2019


We've arrived at a point when a coalescing of talent like this is all that will do. It's all that will work in a time of need. It's what we need. This country – battered, bruised and teetering on the edge a cultural abyss, shrouded in mist and unsure of itself – now requires the talents of our recent musical past to step back under the spotlights for another go, with warmer, fresher sounds. And to resinstruct, to show everyone how music-making is meant to be. And here they come.

Mother Earth is back, with new attack . There's a different line up too, but Matt Deighton is still there playing central talismanic figure. Deighton, as the original Mother Earth singer-songwriter, has weathered the decades with no small amount of elan, his songwriting excellence undimmed. As a leading light of the acid jazz movement that helped re-energise the rudderless world of British music as the 1980s had sputtered to a close, the resultant fusion of Deighton and his band Mother Earth had been enough to usher him into the top rank of songwriters and guitarists. 

With Mother Earth he enjoyed success with the release of a clutch of albums that included The People Tree (Acid Jazz Records, 1993). With the release of the classic single Jesse from that same album, Deighton's reputation as a serious new voice had been established. After Mother Earth's disbandment in 1996, Deighton joined Paul Weller's band on lead guitar and temporarily replaced Noel Gallagher in Oasis when Gallagher quit in the middle of touring in 2000. As a solo artist, Deighton distilled his art into four soulful folk-tinged albums of quiet beauty and power (Villager, 1995; You Are The Healer, 2000; The Common Good, 2002; and Wake Up The Moths, 2004). And in 2015, with the help of the sterling Steve White and Damon Minchella wrote and recorded the unparalleled album Electric Blend.

But ever restless, he realised that keeping it fresh is crucial. Says Deighton: "This new line up still has a Mother Earth sound – another power to it that’s really fresh. I checked with Neil, Bryn and Chris (the original co-members) and they were cool with it. The new Mother earth doesn't stain the original band's name." And nor should it; there are classics like Jesse that need re-airing after all. "I’ve been writing for the band with a new feeling, plus I’m twice the age as when the first band was out there, so it’s inevitably different."

Mother earth is vocally underpinned by the brilliant Sulene Fleming (ex Brand New Heavies), while on keys there's the inimitable Mick Talbot (The Style Council, Dexys), rock steady Ernie McKone (Galliano, Push, Paul Weller, Carleen Anderson), and the mighty Crispin ‘The Pump’ Taylor (Galliano, Push, Dexys, Candi Staton, Carleen Anderson) on drums.

Says Deighton: "We're working on a new album that'll be out later in the year, but first there's the EP we’re putting out ourselves, just to get things going."

The EP comprises Good Things (a cover of the Maxayn classic); Gotta Get Better In A Little While (cover of the Derek & The Dominoes gem); and new songs Coming Unstuck Again and Soona Than Much Layta.

The band's photo shoot was performed by veteran lensman Richard Ecclestone while their videos have been directed by non other than Tony Briggs, best known for his work with Ocean Colour Scene.

Mother Earth is a five-piece with enough pedigree and chops to shake up a live scene that's currently on life support. A welcome return of a band like this is rare indeed, so catch them live this summer, home and abroad.

The EP Soona Than Much Layta will be out in June in time for the band's first live show at London's 100 Club on Thursday 27 June 2019.

 

BAND MEMBERS

MATT DEIGHTON

Lead Singer & Guitars

Deighton's reputation as a serious new voice had been established. After Mother Earth's disbandment in 1996, Deighton joined Paul Weller's band on lead guitar and temporarily replaced Noel Gallagher in Oasis when Gallagher quit in the middle of touring in 2000. As a solo artist, Deighton distilled his art into four soulful folk-tinged albums of quiet beauty and power (Villager, 1995; You Are The Healer, 2000; The Common Good, 2002; and Wake Up The Moths, 2004). And in 2015, with the help of the sterling Steve White and Damon Minchella wrote and recorded the unparalleled album Electric Blend.

SULENE FLEMING

Vocals

Fleming (The Brand New Heavies, IncognitoBrian McFadden, Citrus Sun (Bluey of Incognito) The New Master Sounds.
Leroy Hutson, Deneice Williams, Barbara Mason. )

MICK TALBOT

Keys and hammond

Mick Talbot (The Style Council, Dexys),

CRISPIN TAYLOR

Drums

Crispin ‘The Pump’ Taylor (Galliano, Push, Dexys, Candi Staton, Carleen Anderson, Zero 7, The Funk Brothers, Marlena Shaw)

ERNIE MCKONE

Bass Guitar

Ernie McKone (Galliano, Push, Paul Weller, Carleen Anderson)

 
 
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