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

“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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