Twelve years after calling it quits, The Mommyheads are back at it, rocking out like it’s 1992.
The 1980s and ’90s saw the mellow rock band rise on indie labels such as Simple Machines, and, after years of critical success and stellar live shows, sign to Geffen (ooh, big time) in 1997. But, one album and one year later, they were dropped and unplugged their amps — seemingly for good.
But two years ago, the band reunited to play a series of memorial shows for its deceased drummer put out a new album, “You’re Not A Dream.”
Then they went back to their day jobs, thinking they were really done this time. But Sweden just wouldn’t stop calling. “They were like, we’re going to make sure you get back together and come here,” said singer Adam Elk. “It was like getting the guys out of the old-age home — let’s get the band back together!”
For a modest band with largely a cult following, the trip this past spring was a nice ego-boost. Since coming back to New York, Elk has been writing, and the foursome will be at Rock Shop on Aug. 19, where you can expect the group’s tight musicianship and XTC-like sound. This fall, the band will also release a compilation, “Finest Specimens.”
It looks like the Mommyheads aren’t cutting the cord again anytime soon.
The Mommyheads at Rock Shop [249 Fourth Ave. between President and Carroll streets in Park Slope, (718) 230-5740], Aug. 19 at 8 pm. Tickets $8. For info, visit www.therockshopny.com.