What to do when your favorite band breaks up? Most people mourn a bit, then respect the band’s legacy by letting their influence live on via their music. Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian isn’t most people though. Mother Superior was a Los Angeles trio that broke up in the early 2000s after releasing eight albums. The band’s frontman, Jim Wilson, had been working with Ian’s wife, Pearl Aday, and for Ian’s birthday, he got together with Joey Vera from Fates Warning and Armored Saint and John Tempesta from White Zombie and The Cult to play Ian’s favorite Mother Superior songs at his house.
That gave Ian the inspiration to email Anthrax producer Jay Ruston to see if he could capture the energy of the gig at his house. Ian continues:
“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 and the set-up was at my house.”
The sessions resulted in Rise, which will be released on March 10th on Metal Blade Records under the name Motor Sister. While they’re not touring in support of the album, there will be a one-off gig on February 12th at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar. The band are streaming their version of “That Song Reminds Me of You,” which they’ve renamed “This Song Reminds Me of You.” You can check out Mother Superior’s version of the song after Motor Sister’s.