Stream: Meredith Hunter (Self Defense Family) – “Gold Star Mother”
by Chad Jewett
Post-hardcore favorites Self Defense Family are releasing a split 7″ this summer on Run For Cover Records. Yet there’s an interesting wrinkle in who they’re sharing vinyl with: themselves. While Side A offers the band’s new song, “Russian History,” Side B will feature the radiant blue-eyed soul number “Gold Star Mother,” released under the alias “Meredith Hunter”, a not-so-secret pseudonym for Self Defense Family. Where “Russian History” is a moody, tense, coiled four-and-a-half minutes of Nick Cave-esque post punk frayed nerves, “Gold Star Mother” is a lovely Sunday-afternoon interlude of AM pop, featuring a striking, bell-clear alto (courtesy of Martha Fotiadis) amongst the waves of a reedy major-key lilt. Featuring brightly curling Stax/Muscle Shoals guitars and a pleasantly weary groove reminiscent of golden-era Belle & Sebastian, “Gold Star Mother” is a gorgeous three minutes of sweetly blissed-out rhythm & blues, a welcome, optimistic sigh after the biting tension of the song’s flip side. Stream “Gold Star Mother” below and pre-order the split here.
Meredith Hunter (Self Defense Family) – “Gold Star Mother”