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Intergalactic heavy rock group Mothership have a passion for the classic rock era and are champions for its revival and preservation. As proponents of rock and roll, they are touring the country and the world to “unite true believers” bringing their vintage music to venues and festivals wherever they go.


The band, based out of Dallas, Texas, consists of brothers Kyle Juett on bass/lead vocals, Kelley Juett on guitar/vocals, and Judge Smith on drums, who joined after he and Kyle met at a bar in Lewisville, Texas. Kyle brought him on after seeing that Judge could play every single kind of music on drums, “he could play fucking anything.” said Kyle. With the band formed, they were set on reviving the classic rock style and have been doing so for about six years. “Rock and roll will prevail” says Smith.


Their style is reminiscent of classic 70s-80s rock, merged with a cosmic, atmospheric style. Heavy metal guitar riffs and bass lines and the aggressive percussion are their signature approach to creating their music.


Their music closely resembles that of hard rock, heavy metal giants such as Black Sabbath, Metallica and AC/DC, some of which they say are their biggest musical influences. “Everything from blues to hard rock, heavy metal to jazz to classical to anything you can think of man, if it’s good music it’s great stuff,” says guitarist Kelley. As Texas boys and their love of their city, Dallas, their influence also stems from a lot of groups from their home-state, such as ZZ Top and Pantera.


Mothership’s music is meant to take you on an intergalactic journey whether you are listening to their record at home or at one of their shows. “Imagine the coolest fucking place with the heaviest music and beautiful people and everyone’s having a good time and not worrying about all the stupid shit that goes off in this planet” says lead vocalist and bass player Kyle.


After releasing their latest record earlier this year, High Strangeness, the band will embark on a tour during the year that will take them throughout the country and Europe. When making their Miami debut at Churchill’s Pub, Mothership was excited to come to a new city to rock and expressed the necessity for musicians and bands to explore new areas. “Where a lot of bands fail is they play the same towns, and not that those towns are bad but this is a vast country with a lot of rad cities that are pretty much uncharted for the most part” said Kyle.


Music has always been a huge part of each of member of the band. They spend that vast majority of their time out on the road or recording, with music always being at the epicenter of what they do. “We just keep pumping out tunes, keep getting that show in front of people and welcome to everyone on board the trip on the ship man.”