Article Contributed by Blue Rose Music | Published on Friday, October 21, 2022

Today, The Mother Hips are releasing the title track from their upcoming album When We Disappear, their compelling new studio album set for release January 27, 2023 on Blue Rose. Based in Northern California, the Hips headed to New Mexico, spending time at Ghost Ranch before settling in at Jono Manson's Kitchen Sink studio in Sante Fe in late 2021 for the sessions. Self-produced, When We Disappear features nine new tracks co-written by co-founders Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono — collection of lit-psych rock songs Inspired by psychology and literature — as well as a raw, garagey cover of Buffy St. Marie’s 1964 addiction song “Codine.”


"Greg sent me a rough demo of this song and I thought it was promising," says Bluhm of "When We Disappear." "What he was singing was place-holder gibberish, or sounds mixed with some actual lyrics, including what would become the title. I went through it and matched words to his sounds and then tweaked the words to tell a kind of impressionistic history of our adventures together. In this way I believe both Greg’s and my own subconscious worlds revealed themselves. The music is simple and loose, helping with the devil-may-care attitude of the singing.”

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the Bay Area’s most beloved live outfits,” The Mother Hips' headline and festival performances have became the stuff of legend, finding them sharing stages with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes. Rolling Stone called the band “divinely inspired,” while Pitchfork praised their “rootsy mix of 70’s rock and power pop,” and The New Yorker lauded their ability to “sing it sweet and play it dirty.”

The Hips' 28th annual holiday shows (“Hipsmas”) will take place over three days in December at San Francisco’s venerable Great American Music Hall. With a new booking agency on board — Crossover Touring — the band looks forward to a busy touring schedule in support of this release (see tour dates below).

1. When We Disappear
2. Codine
3. She Stepped Away
4. Iffy Jackpot
5. Almost To Idaho
6. Leaving The Valley.
7. Lost Out The Window.
8. Spirit Of 98
9. Room Four
10. Stories Unborn

Sat, OCT 22    Grass Valley, CA - Hangtown Music Festival
Sun, OCT 23    Grass Valley, CA - Hangtown Music Festival
Fri, OCT 28    Sebastopol, CA - Hopmonk Tavern
Sat, OCT 29    Menlo Park, CA - The Guild Theatre
Fri, NOV 4    Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Sat, NOV 5    Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
Sat, NOV 26    Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley
Thu, DEC 1    San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew
Fri, DEC 2    Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
Sat, DEC 3    Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet's
Fri, DEC 9    Springdale, UT - Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon
Sat, DEC 10    Salt Lake City, UT - The Commonwealth Room
Fri, DEC 16    San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Sat, DEC 17    San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Sun, DEC 18    San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Fri, DEC 30   Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s Night Club
Sat, DEC 31   Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s Night Club
Thurs-Sat, JAN 11-14  Tropic of Cancer Music and Arts Festival - Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico