Tenderhooks – “Mother Said”


A soaring power-pop appeal emanates on “Mother Said,” a new single from Brighton, UK-based band Tenderhooks. Sporadic guitar pulses and debonair vocals are complemented by an organ-touched intrigue, reminding fondly of Elvis Costello. The “make your bed,” hook excels with its hooky power-pop charisma, set effectively alongside lyrics that encourage positivity and thankfulness — particularly when one’s outcomes, for better or worse, are the bed they’ve made to lie in.

A twangy guitar solo at mid-point further embraces the glistening, nostalgic production — meshing a ’60s pop throwback in the harmonious vocals and prancing piano, while also strutting a more modern power-pop edge. The “hide-away, don’t wanna waste another day,” punctuating element also conjures a Brit-pop fondness, a la Squeeze. “Mother Said” is a winning earworm from Tenderhooks, comprising Markus Leinweber (vocals, piano and keyboards), Charl Cronje (vocals and guitars), Mike Phillips (bass), Andy Cooke (drums).

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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