For his fiftieth birthday, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wanted one present more than any other - the reunion of one of his favourite unsung heroes, Mother Superior - only he wanted to be a part of the lineup. "They're a great, classic band that hit me in the same spot as all my favourite '70s bands, whether it's UFO, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick or KISS," Ian explains. "I knew getting to play with them would be like joining KISS."
Thanks to Scott's wife Pearl Aday, who has been working with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott's dream gig.
The band, which quickly gained the interests of Joey Vera (Armored Saint/Fates Warning) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, The Cult) called itself Motor Sister after the Mother Superior song "Little Motor Sister" and got together the day before the party to rehearse in Ian's jam room. "The energy in the room was amazing," Ian says. "It felt awesome. It was just something we did for fun and to celebrate my birthday."
"The minute I started to play with Scott, Joey and John the chemistry was amazing," Wilson says. " We sounded like a band that had been together forever. Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favourite Mother Superior songs, Ian contacted producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour) and asked if he thought it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy generated at their makeshift gig. "He said, 'Yeah, we can make the record in two days and we can make it sound really good.' So that's what we did," Ian says. "A week and a half later, we made the record in LA over a two day period. We recorded the whole thing live in the studio."
While everyone in Motor Sister is busy with their day jobs, they are all interested in playing live as much as possible. "We are a great live band" Ian says. "We proved it to ourselves in my jam room. It was our ability to play live together that made this happen and I can see us getting onstage and playing this shit back-to-back, Ramones-style, and just blowing people's minds with the power of these songs. And the door is always open to write more material because Pearl and Jim are always working together and I'm always with them. So we'll see what happens in the future."
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