Mother Falcon on Orchestral Rock, Making it, and Touring For Love, Not Money

That is a lot of Mother Falcon people.

“Chamber rock” just doesn't seem like an adequate description of what sprawling Austin outfit Mother Falcon does. Sure, the band uses strings and brass — and guitars and drums and vocals — in its cinematic, fiery, sublime compositions. And the group does structure songs into choruses and verses, the way a rock band might. But, well, you'd need a rather big chamber to fit all 21 or 23 official members of Mother Falcon. And “rock' feels limiting here — given all those players and their instruments, Mother Falcon's sonic textures reach ethereal and mighty places rock bands can only go when they hire an orchestra. So: Orchestral rock? Chamber pop? But then who cares? Mother Falcon is just interesting, which explains a sharp upward trajectory of late, propelled by NPR discovering the group last year at South By Southwest. The group headlines the Chapel this Thursday, Feb. 27, with Foxtails Brigade for a Noise Pop show. Ahead of that, we spoke with tenor sax player Andrew Fontenot about touring with more than a dozen musicians, what “success” means, and what to expect at the Chapel this week.

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