Jump, Little Children: Album Release Party with The Mommyheads & Michael Flynn at Union Pool: 484 Union Ave, BK, NY 11211
Jump, Little Children
The band came together in their current lineup in 1994. Based out of Charleston, SC they toured regionally, nationally and internationally releasing 4 studio albums (The Licorice Tea Demos – 1995, Magazine – 1998, Vertigo – 2001, Between the Dim & the Dark – 2004), 2 EPs (Buzz – 1997, Between the Glow & the Light – 2005) 1 compilation of early material (The Early Years, Volume 1 – 2001) and a live double-album of their final performances (Live at the Dock Street Theatre – 2006). Known for their eclectic mix of musical influences from ethereal chamber pop to guitar driven alt-rock along with high-energy live shows, they built a grass-roots following of devoted fans across the country. After over a decade of touring and recording they announced an indefinite hiatus in 2005. Since then the members have focused their energy on pursuing new and exciting projects:
Jay released two solo records (Driving Blind – 2007, Silver Tomb for the Kingfisher – 2012) and founded his own studio, Hello Telescope, where he has produced records for artists such as Heather Nova and William Fitzsimmons. Jay has also collaborated with the Colorado Symphony orchestrating for artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Amos Lee and Ariel Pink for their Red Rocks concert series.
Ward moved to New York City and has performed with various artists (Sara Bareilles, Alicia Witt, Vienna Teng, Brandi Carlisle among others).
Matthew and Evan Bivins
The Bivins Brothers’ first post-Jump project was Cabaret Kiki, a neo-cabaret variety show with music. Kiki featured some of Charleston’s finest musicians (Bill Carson, Cary Ann Hearst, Nathan Koci, Ash Hopkins) along with dancers from Charleston Ballet Theater and many other talented writers, technicians and collaborators.
The Bivins then moved to Chicago, IL. Matt has been performing mostly as a stage actor with The House Theatre, City Lit Theater, Strawdog Theatre, Barter Theater of Virginia, and the Bughouse Theater.
Evan has composed music for the Giordano Dance Company and performed and recorded with various artists (Duncan Sheik, Cary Ann Hearst, Rachel Ries, Mar Caribe, Grit & the Double Knit, Andy Wagner).
Johnny toured with various artists (Howie Day, William Fitzsimmons, Slow Runner, Cordovas, Post Cobra, Bill Carson, Josh Hoge, Crowfield) and has been teaching music to students of all ages at Hungry Monk in Charleston.
The Mommyheads formed in New York City in 1987, disbanded in 1998 for a decade, and reformed in 2008. In September 2018, they will release their eleventh full-length album, Soundtrack to the World’s End.
The band is the brainchild of Adam Elk, who was still in high school when the first two Mommyheads records — 1988’s Magumbo Meatpie and 1989’s Acorn — were released. Throughout their first decade as a band, The Mommyheads put out releases via Fang Records, Simple Machines, Dromedary Records, Dot Dot Dash Records, and, in 1997, a self-titled LP on Geffen Records. During that time, they also relocated from NYC to San Francisco and underwent a string of lineup changes. It was after the release of The Mommyheads on Geffen — which was barely promoted, due to the band being dropped during a label shake-up — that they broke up. Most of the band’s members went on to launch successful solo careers and other collaborative projects, and early Mommyheads songs would go on to be covered by artists like Jenny Toomey and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
Following the death of original drummer Jan Kotik in 2007, The Mommyheads reunited for a tribute show in NYC. They decided to reform shortly after, and released new album You’re Not A Dream in 2008. 2010 saw the release of a remastered version of 1994’s Flying Suit and a retrospective album called Finest Specimens, as well as a track featured in a Time Warner Cable commercial. The band released Delicate Friction, their first album of all-new material since the mid-90’s, in 2011, and followed it with Vulnerable Boy in 2012.
Soundtrack to the World’s End is due out on September 7th, and The Mommyheads will perform live in NYC and across Sweden this fall in support of the new album.