Mothers – “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Band To Watch Mothers released their debut full length, When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired, last month after putting out a steady stream of excellent singles. Their first was “No Crying In Baseball,” followed by “It Hurts Until It Doesn’t,” which Mothers are premiering a video for today. Kristine Leschper shot the footage herself, and describes it as an ode to her cat Casper, who is featured in some of the band’s press photos and sadly went missing back in December:

“your cat is a friendly brother
who would offer his heart with allegiance
and if he could talk we’d be best friends
the only friend he has is his food”
– vashti bunyan, prospect hummer

Casper has been missing since the 30th of December, but I still find his hair in my bedsheets. He was as sensitive as I was. When I walked to work in the morning, he would follow until we approached the highway, where I bullied him into turning around. He got into fights with the other cats, never could quite settle down. Last winter in a house without central heat I was doing everything I could to let the depression and anxiety finally win. Hardly more than a vague blur, this footage is the only remaining video I have of my best friend, who was so often the only thing keeping me rooted in reality, feeding me optimism, helping me survive.

Watch and check out Mothers’ tour dates below.

Tour dates:

03/09 Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
03/10 Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
03/12 Austin, TX @ SXSW Interactive
03/13 Denton, TX @ 35 Denton
03/21 Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor ^
03/22 Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery ^
03/23 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge ^
03/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^
03/25 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
03/27 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
03/28 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project %
03/29 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %
03/31 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop +
04/01 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
04/02 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
04/03 Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
04/05 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
04/07 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr. *
04/08 San Antonio, TX @ Papertiger *
04/09 Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
04/11 Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock *
04/12 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
04/13 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
04/15 Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall *
04/16 Birmingham, AL @ The Syndicate Lounge *
04/25 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Cafe & Music Hall #
04/26 Washington, DC @ DC9 #
04/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s #
04/28 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Rright
04/29 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall #
04/30 Allston, MA @ Great Scott #
05/01 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace #
05/03 Montreal, Quebec @ Bar Le Ritz PBD
05/04 Toronto, Ontario @ Adelaide Hall
05/07 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle #
05/18 London, UK @ Chats Palace
05/20 Brighton, UK @ Great Escape Festival
05/22 Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
05/23 Birmingham, UK @ Hare And Hounds
05/24 Glasgow, UK @ Hug And Pint
05/25 Manchester, UK @ Gullivers
05/28 Amsterdam, NL @ De Nieuwe Anita
05/31 Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
06/02 Berlin, GER @ Badehaus Szimpla
06/03-05 Mannheim, GER @ Maifeld Derby
07/22-24 Oro-medonte, Ontario @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival
09/02-04 London, UK @ End Of The Road Festival at Larmer Tree Gardens

# w/ Palm
% w/ All Dogs
* w/ Sego
^ w/ New Madrid
+ w/ Car Seat Headrest

Mothers at SXSW:

03/14
10pm @ Barracuda Club – 611 East 7th St. (The Onion / A.V. Club party)

03/16
12pm @ Urban Outfitters – 320 East 2nd St.
4pm @ Lamberts – 401 East 2nd St. (C3 Party)
9pm @ Clive Bar – 609 Davis St. (Culture Collide party)

03/18
2pm @ Do512 Lounge Session
3:45pm @ Stereogum x EiS Austin Invasion 2 @ Hole In The Wall – 2538 Guadalupe St. (Stereogum party)
10pm @ Mohawk – 912 Red River St. (House of Vans/Middle West Management showcase)

03/19
5:15pm @ Cheer Up Charlies – 900 Red River St. (Brooklyn Vegan party)
2:30pm @ The Side Bar – 602 East 7th St. (Austin in Athens Party)

When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired is out now via Grand Jury in the US and Wichita in the UK.