Anthems for an Empire
Manchester’s Mamma Freedom return with the release the their 3rd studio album ‘Anthems for an Empire’ on Grand Northern Recordings.
The new album due 14th December is the classic Mamma Freedom sound of Bond score meets Soul and filled with moments of love and hate, both haunting and cinematic while touching on the darkness and the light of emotions in its various incarnations.
With nods this time around to Stevie Wonder (Song for a Heist), Funkadelic and Prince (Hit It Like We Stole Something) A Tribe Called Quest (Cakewalk) and comparisons on certain tracks to bands like RadioHead (Vultures / Give Up The Ghost) and Rival Sons (Apollo), the albums style-mix and emotion scales the highest highs, the lowest lows, lifts you, drops you, gains your trust and then abandons you all while being set to a stunning musical soundtrack and lyrics from singer JV Johnston addressing everything from heroes to heists and narrating moments of social commentary inspired by the world and its politics, people, problems and prophecies of the year that was 2020. Its Soul, Funk, Rock, Film Score and its theirs. It’s Mamma Freedom.
Once again on production and mixing duties was the bands Alexander Johnston and recorded, mixed and mastered at the their Grand Northern Recording Studio in Manchester and written by the brothers along with writing contributions from bandmates Calcott and Hudson.
The album features guest appearances from 90’s soul sensations Innocence, Alexander O’Neal MD Billy Osborne and the O’Neal backing singers Gee Morris and Emil who helped with the vocal arrangements.
After the release of their second album ‘The Voodoo Suite Session Vol I, the band embarked on a 30 date UK tour supporting Soul legend Alexander O’Neal in 2017/18
The band hit it off that well with O’Neal that they went on to re-record and re-arrange million selling album Hearsay 30 for the 30 year anniversary and then wrote and recorded his brand new album ‘Testament’ which is out in 2021.
They spent all of 2018-20 in the studio and in that time wrote and recorded music with Damon Albarn, Robbie Williams, Rudimental, John Newman, Wiley and CASisDEAD before they set to work on Anthems by an Empire.