Mary Water
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Mary Water

Olympia, Washington, United States | SELF

Olympia, Washington, United States | SELF
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"Little Red Car Wreck: Motor Like a Mother CD"

Little Red Car Wreck may be the work of both singer/guitarist Mary Water and drummer/synth man Pat Maley, but Motor Like a Mother is undeniably the sole voice of Olympia, WA's Water. And what a voice it is: As one of the best -- albeit one of the most unheard -- debuts of the late '90s, the album feels like one young woman's coming-of-age diary of family, love, life, and adult responsibilities. These are songs of grocery shopping, roller skating, and dishwashing; these are songs of laundry, dirty diapers, and car seats. And while it may not sound very glamorous, that's exactly the point. Motor Like a Mother chronicles with almost obsessive, and sometimes whimsical, detail the day-to-day routines and dreams of -- as one song title states -- a "Teenage Welfare Mother." The result is an album that's wise beyond Water's years, a startlingly honest, impressive, and introspective look at life's ups and downs, ins and outs. And, quite simply, it just may be the most compelling album of 1998. ~ Jimmy Draper - CD Universe

"Little Red Car Wreck: Motor Like a Mother"

There’s nothing "simple" or "sparse" about this Olympia pop duo. Mary Water lays down guitar melodies that are as strong, sweet and short as she is, and Yoyo honcho Patrick Maley’s peppy stickwork gives the songs grooves and structure over its 30 minutes. But Little Red Car Wreck’s most pleasing moments come from Water’s knack for casual non-sequiturs and lyrical juxtapositions that paste life’s simple pleasures alongside its bigger pains. On "Breaks," she tell us, "The brakes on my heart just got up and walked out of the room, and on my rollerskates I never even had any to start with." It doesn’t make any sense to me, but you can tell it makes sense to her, and that’s important.

—Patrick Rapa - Philadelphia City Paper


The Night
Motor Like a Mother (with Little Red Car Wreck)



Mary Water is a NJ native who has lived in Olympia, WA since 1992. Her influences include Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power, Sufjan Stevens, Jolie Holland, Santigold, Operation Ivy and The Cars. She has played with bands such as Little Red Car Wreck & Circles & Squares. Her albums, (Happy Halloween, Motor Like a Mother, School Bus, Airplane, and The Night) tell stories of crashing cars, telephone wires, laundry detergent, and King Claudius in America.

Mary is currently working on picking up where artist Sufjan Stevens left off, recording albums for each state (Michigan, Illinois, etc.). Her album for Washington State will be released in fall 2011 if Mt. Rainier or a tsunami doesn't end it all before then.