The Mommyheads formed in New York City in 1987, disbanded in 1998 for a decade, and reformed in 2008. In September 2018, they will release their eleventh full-length album, Soundtrack to the World’s End.
The band is the brainchild of Adam Elk, who was still in high school when the first two Mommyheads records — 1988’s Magumbo Meatpie and 1989’s Acorn — were released. Throughout their first decade as a band, The Mommyheads put out releases via Fang Records, Simple Machines, Dromedary Records, Dot Dot Dash Records, and, in 1997, a self-titled LP on Geffen Records. During that time, they also relocated from NYC to San Francisco and underwent a string of lineup changes. It was after the release of The Mommyheads on Geffen — which was barely promoted, due to the band being dropped during a label shake-up — that they broke up. Most of the band’s members went on to launch successful solo careers and other collaborative projects, and early Mommyheads songs would go on to be covered by artists like Jenny Toomey and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
Following the death of original drummer Jan Kotik in 2007, The Mommyheads reunited for a tribute show in NYC. They decided to reform shortly after, and released new album You’re Not A Dream in 2008. 2010 saw the release of a remastered version of 1994’s Flying Suit and a retrospective album called Finest Specimens, as well as a track featured in a Time Warner Cable commercial. The band released Delicate Friction, their first album of all-new material since the mid-90’s, in 2011, and followed it with Vulnerable Boy in 2012.
Soundtrack to the World’s End is due out on September 7th, and The Mommyheads will perform live in NYC and across Sweden this fall in support of the new album.