With the release of her dark, avant-pop sophomore album, Oakland's Metal Mother is free to pursue her primal side
Tati was on the cover of Performer Magazine, and featured in the Guardian's first "On the Rise" batch of up-and-coming musicians last year, in which I wrote she was "some sort of neon, acid-drenched wood nymph." (It works especially in the context of the video for "Shake," viewing of which is highly suggested.)
Now, with the hardest part of Ionika over, Tati is free to pursue her next big project — Post Primal, a kind of loosely defined record label and collective she's working to put together. Ionika is the label's first release, and the only other band so far officially involved is Mortar and Pestle. But Tati has big plans for the near-future, boosted by others acts approaching her to express interest in Post Primal. Though, she admits, they're still in the process of defining just what it will be.
"The whole goal is really to have a platform for more context for all of us to associate ourselves with. It's also more of a collective, because I don't really have a ton of money or anything to put out anybody else's record, it's just basically like we're sharing resources, we're sharing contacts and exposure."
She also is hoping to find a warehouse space in Oakland to put on interactive collective showcases, and create a hub, a new music community in the heart of the adopted city she's clearly still enamored of, more than six years after moving here. "I love Oakland so much. I've gone to a lot of other cities and checked out a lot of other scenes, but I always come home like, this is where I need to be, and this is where I want to grow."
Metal Mother's record release party takes place next month, May 2 at Public Works (www.publicsf.com) with all female-front acts: Tearist, Uncanny Valley, and Some Ember.