The Mother Hips came out of the bar
scene of Chico, CA to build enough of a following to join
tours for higher-profile acts such as Wilco and the H.O.R.D.E.
tour during the course of the 1990s. After a bit of a hiatus
the band, singer/guitarist Tim Bluhm, singer/guitarist Greg
Loiacono, drummer John Hofer and new bassist Paul Hoaglin,
are back with a new EP on Camera Records entitled Red Tandy.
Bluhm, also the band's chief songwriter,
answered the call when Static Multimedia reached out for a
Q&A with the band.
Static: What's the last song that
flat-out scared you?
Tim Bluhm: "Weighted Down" by Skip
What was the worst show you ever played,
1992, The Cock and Bull in Santa Monica. The
rugby-playing, beer-drinking regulars couldn't hear the game
on the TV and words were exchanged. The owner kicked us out.
My parents were there.
What will you do immediately after
completing this interview?
Play my drums.
What song are you most proud of on
this album? Why?
"Colonized," because it has a message
that I believe is important and it is really fun to play.
What can fans expect to get at one
of your concerts that they couldn't necessarily get on your
Faster tempos, more screaming, just more energy
Who/what were some motivators for
getting you into the industry?
I think it started for me when I saw how people
treated well-known musicians. I wanted to be accepted.
What direction do you feel you're
headed in artistically? What's next?
I take myself less seriously than I used to
but I am more serious in general. I don't feel like my direction
has ever really changed. I am still trying to do what I was
trying to do when I was 20 years old; write good songs and
play them to people. Now I am also geting into recording music
and that has been very interesting to me.
What would you like to come back as
in a later life?
What was your first live performance
Out of tune. We were a singing trio with kind
of ambitious parts that we couldn't really pull off. The doorman
said it sounded like the Meat Puppets. We were going for Crosby,
Stills and Nash.
Whose phone number would you most
My lost friend from high school, Onno.
What periodicals, if any, do you subscribe
TapeOp and the New Yorker
Name something non-musical (e.g. book,
person, building, animal) that has inspired or influenced
There is this book called California Classics
by Lawernce Clark Powell that talks about a lot of great California
writers and their books. That pretty much pointed me to most
of my favorite California books.
What one thing must you have on tour
Favorite recreational tour stop?
What other artists are you currently
Jackson C. Frank, Teenage Fan Club, Paula
Who would you like a chance to collaborate
What's the best thing about being
You don't have to work for the man.
What's the most truly subversive piece
of music you know?
"Grand Funk" by Grand Funk Railroad.
What was the first song you learned
Probably Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were
How did you come up with your name?