The Matriarch Releases First Original Rock Song “Best Wishes”


The Matriarch released their first original song, “Best wishes,” on Sunday. The rock song is currently available on all streaming platforms.

“It’s about being in a relationship with someone who you give your all to, but who’s never been able to show up like you could for them,” said drummer and songwriter Mal Babcock. composer.

Guitarist Mallory Benoit said the song came from Babcock’s experiences, but after listening to it she knew it was something a lot of people could relate to.

Babcock said the song accepts defeat when the person you love isn’t emotionally mature enough.

“It’s almost about feeling a little pity for them and their inability to put love first, but all you can really do is just walk away and wish them well,” said Babcock.

Babcock said her favorite lyrics were the line “All your pretty loose lies in disguise” and she said she loved when the screaming voices of all the band members could be heard under lead singer Al Erftenbeck.

Benoit said she was nervous for the first live performance of the song, but after that show she wanted to record it as soon as possible.

“Best Wishes” was recorded at Russian Recording, and The Matriarch deliberately outsourced its sound engineer in order to give women in the industry the opportunity. Their friend Anna Fagin, a Jacobs alumnus, followed the song in the studio.

The matriarch also decided to have the song mixed and mastered by a woman. Fagin recommended his friend, Abby Harrison. While Benoit said the gear was intimidating, the band said Fagin and Harrison helped them figure out what to do.

The matriarch is currently working on songs for an EP they hope to release in the fall, which Benoit says will be all different types of rock songs. Although they had different inspirations for each song, bassist JoLynn Hockemeyer said there was a consistent instrumental sound.

Emma Spartz has known the members of The Matriarch for about two years through the Bloomington Delta Music Club and mutual friends. As a member of Six Foot Blonde and a solo artist, Spartz said she was thrilled to see her friends performing original music.

Spartz said she felt empowered by the song’s message of being the bigger person even when she was treated poorly in a relationship. She called it “the hot girls’ new summer anthem”.

“They definitely developed a strong bond through all four of them,” Spartz said. “You can hear that through their music, and I love how that transferred over to the single. I’m really excited to hear more from them.


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