The Mother Hips Were Inspired By Psychology And Literature While Writing ‘When We Disappear’

San Francisco Rock band The Mother Hips have released the title track from their upcoming album When We Disappear, which is set for release on January 27, 2023 on Blue Rose. The Hips headed to New Mexico, spending time at Ghost Ranch before settling in at Jono Manson’s Kitchen Sink studio in Sante Fe in late 2021 for the sessions.

Self-produced, When We Disappear features nine new tracks co-written by co-founders Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono, forming a collection of “lit-psych” Rock songs Inspired by psychology and literature, as well as a raw, garagey cover of Buffy St. Marie’s 1964 addiction song “Codine.”

Bluhm says of the title track:

Greg sent me a rough demo of this song and I thought it was promising. What he was singing was place-holder gibberish, or sounds mixed with some actual lyrics, including what would become the title. I went through it and matched words to his sounds and then tweaked the words to tell a kind of impressionistic history of our adventures together. In this way I believe both Greg’s and my own subconscious worlds revealed themselves. The music is simple and loose, helping with the devil-may-care attitude of the singing.

The Mother Hips have shared stages with everyone from Johnny Cash and Wilco to Lucinda Williams and The Black Crowes. 

The Hips’ 28th annual holiday shows (“Hipsmas”) will take place over three days in December at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. The band is also looking forward to a busy touring schedule in support of this release (see tour dates below). 


Fri, OCT 28 Sebastopol, CA – Hopmonk Tavern

Sat, OCT 29 Menlo Park, CA – The Guild Theatre

Fri, NOV 4 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

Sat, NOV 5 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

Sat, NOV 26 Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley

Thu, DEC 1 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew

Fri, DEC 2 Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Restaurant & Music Club

Sat, DEC 3 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s

Fri, DEC 9 Springdale, UT – Bit & Spur Restaurant & Saloon

Sat, DEC 10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room

Fri, DEC 16 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Sat, DEC 17 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Sun, DEC 18 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall 

Fri, DEC 30   Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Night Club 

Sat, DEC 31   Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s Night Club

Thurs-Sat, JAN 11-14  Tropic of Cancer Music and Arts Festival – Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico