It's taken from their exciting new album Pep Talks, which is available to stream now and will have a full UK release July 5th.
The band marry together a unique mix of musical styles from banjo and mandolin led alternative folk to rock, pop, country, hip hop and electronics and 'Don't Mess With My Mama' is no exception. It's a snarling, trap-addled, bass-dropping, dancefloor banger, inspired by an actual fistfight between Judah and his dad over the latter’s affairs in the middle of all the Akers family strife.
The personal theme that shapes the
track and the full 17-track album Pep Talks is
a reflection of Judah's story, where during the time the band
were sharing stages with heroes, touring the world and hitting new chart
highs following their breakthrough album Folk Hop N' Roll, behind
the scenes his family was falling apart in a hail of alcoholism and affairs,
death and divorce.
Pep Talks is an honest, sonically exciting follow-up set to see them continue their global voyage. Don't miss Judah & The Lion in the UK this July as part of their World Tour and at Latitude Festival.
Pep Talks UK/EU Tour Dates July
16th- King Tut’s, Glasgow, UK
17th- Workman’s Club, Dublin, IE
19th- Oslo, London, UK
20th– Latitude Festival, UK
21st– Lollapalooza, Paris, FR
24th- Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam, NL
25th- Knust, Hamburg, DE
26th- Lido, Berlin, DE
27th- Hwitans Tradgarg, Falkenberg, SE
28th- Fafangan, Stockholm, SE
“…building, storming, banjos flying… the key ingredient is just – pep! There’s so much energy and velocity to these songs…” – NPR
"Over an arena-sized arrangement of acoustic strums, processed vocal samples and booming electronics, frontman Judah Akers reflects on family crises and feeling like a ‘lost kid looking for a home.’” – Rolling Stone
“Relatable and beautifully performed, the evocative release has no shortage of crossover appeal.” - Idolator
"Who thought adding some synth and a banjo would sound so good?” – Alternative Press
“…their most optimistic and hopeful record to date…” – Substream Magazine
“…a pop-folk foray into yearning, loss and the pain of moving on, distilled perfectly…” – Consequence of Sound
“The ability to narrate the human experience so sincerely is one few artists have mastered, but Judah hits on this state of mind, and in doing so, he breaks his own heart as well as ours.”– Ones to Watch
"…couldn’t be better.” – FLOOD
“Ripe with emotions and vulnerability… the song offers a more textured sound than we’ve heard from Judah & the Lion before… but with the sound of the mandolin in the background, you never lose sight of the band’s beloved roots.” – Du Jour Magazine