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Prog-pop icons The Mommyheads are set to drop their boldest album in almost four decades

The Mommyheads band members

Prog-pop cult legends The Mommyheads are gearing up for the release of their most ambitious album yet, “CONEY ISLAND KID,” on September 19. This marks their 15th studio LP and a first venture into the realm of concept albums. The album will be available via FANFAR! Records in Europe and Mommyhead Music worldwide. Pre-orders are now open.

This anticipated release features the distinctive lead single “Why Aren’t You Smiling,” accompanied by an official music video directed by the band’s founder, Adam Elk. The video premieres on YouTube today.

Watch “Why Aren’t You Smiling” Official Music Video


Last year’s “GENIUS KILLER” showcased The Mommyheads’ creative prowess, lauded for its youthful maturity. “CONEY ISLAND KID” builds upon this legacy, painting a vibrant technicolor prog-pop landscape infused with Coney Island imagery that delves into themes of introspection and urgency, capturing the pier’s atmosphere.

From the nostalgic acoustics of “Spookarama” reminiscent of their debut to the progressive epic of the title track and the ethereal “Onset, MA,” The Mommyheads masterfully blend existential reflection and progressive influences. Having constantly evolved over their career, “CONEY ISLAND KID” encapsulates the band’s eccentricities more cohesively than ever before.


The Mommyheads

(FANFAR! Records / Mommyhead Music)
Release Date: Friday, September 19, 2023

Coney Island Kid
Artificial Island
Solemn By The Sea
Suburban Office Park
Learning To Live
Why Aren’t You Smiling
Such Beautiful Things
Onset, MA
Soul’s Aquarium

The band will will embark on a wide range of international live dates, including a series of historic shows joining longtime friend Per Sunding of Swedish indie pop legends Eggstone on his debut US live tour. The dates – which will see Sunding performing Eggstone music in America for the very first time ever, backed by members of The Mommyheads, The Apples in Stereo, and The B-52s – get underway September 20 with a special record release show at New York City’s DROM. Long beloved in Sweden, The Mommyheads will first head to Scandinavia for an eagerly anticipated headline tour (including additional dates with Sunding), before returning home for Drom30, Dromedary Records’ weekend-long celebration of independent rock, set for Sunday, September 17 at Catskill, NY’s The Avalon Lounge. Additional shows will be announced soon. For updates, please visit


1 – Uppsala, SWE – Open Mind Records (12:00 Noon Acoustic Show)
1 – Orebro, SWE – Live At Heart Festival *
2 – Linköping, SWE – Festival Of The Midnight Sun *
5 – Falsterbro, Sweden – Ko Operativet På Fädriften †
6 – Malmo, SWE – Medley †
7 – Kristianstad, SWE – Kulturkvarteret
8 – Stockholm, SWE – Melody Box
9 – Vasteras, SWE – Global Living
17 – Catskill, NY – Drom30 @ The Avalon Lounge *
20 – New York, NY – DROM †
21 – Boston, MA – Lizard Lounge #
22 – Beacon, NY – Howland Cultural Center †
23 – Philadelphia, PA – The Royal in Glenside †
24 – Washington, DC – House of Sweden †

* Festival Appearance
† w/ Per Sunding of Eggstone
# w/ Per Sunding of Eggstone and Gravel Pit


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