The Mother Hips | San Francisco | Photos

Images by: Josh Miller, Andrew Quist, and John Margaretten

The Mother Hips :: 06.15.12 :: The Independent :: San Francisco, CA

Two things jumped out at one as The Mother Hips offered up their 1993 debut album, Back To The Grotto, at The Independent:

1. What a truly together, unique band this was right from the start.

2. What a stellar rock ‘n’ roll unit they’ve evolved into in the intervening years.

The SF Bay Area-based Hips reminded a rapt audience of hardcore fans of just why we spill our love so effusively for them, reveling in the interesting corridors of their first studio salvo while inserting cool accents that reminded us how much they’ve grown – a beautiful merger of unshakeable fundamentals and healthy exploration. The whole production – lights, sound, atmosphere – was a class act, which allowed the audience to really sink into the Hips’ groove, aided and abetted this evening by keyboardist Danny Eisenberg, who really ought to be the fifth Hip if they ever expand their lineup – dude seriously gets inside their music with juicy aplomb. What became clear as the band moved through their debut release was the core of what they have become was already taking firm root even in their earliest days, a smart, sassy sort of rock that never dumbs down the conversation even as it makes one play air guitar and punch the sky in uncontrollable enthusiasm. The second set featured two new numbers (“Rose of Rainbows” and “Creation Smiles”) that testified to the Hips’ continuing evolution. What’s clear is this band continues to be a benchmark in quality and cool for American rock bands, and if one isn’t already knee-deep in their catalogue, the time is nigh to wade in. (Dennis Cook)


Set One (Back To The Grotto): Hey Emilie, Potrero Road, Run Around Me, Chum, Back to the Grotto, This is a Man, Precious Opal, Two Young Queens, Stephanie's for LA, Figure 11, Hot Lunch, Turtle Bones

Set Two: White Falcon Fuzz, Toughie, One Way Out, Sleepy Eyes, Young Charles Ives, Space > Magazine, Rose of Rainbows, Del Mar Station, Sunshine Feel, Creation Smiles, Time-sick Son of a Grizzly Bear > Smoke, Been Lost Once, Can't Sleep At All

Encore: Tehachapi Bloodline, Stoned Up The Road, Third Floor Story

JamBase asked three of our favorite photographers, who just happened to be present at this special performance, to give us their favorite shots from this night. And you can watch two videos from this show below the gallery.

The Mother Hips Tour Dates :: The Mother Hips News

JamBase | Grotto
Go See Live Music!

[Published on: 7/10/12]

Take full advantage of all JamBase has to offer by signing up for an account!

You'll receive

show alerts

when your favorite artists announce shows, be eligible to enter contests for

free tickets

, gain the ability to

share your personalized live music calendar

and much more. Join JamBase!