While the new normal for bands is to collaborate remotely, the upcoming Mother Hips album, “Glowing Lantern,” was built on old-fashioned, in-person hangs between primary songwriters Greg Loiacono and Tim Bluhm.

Loiacono explains that because “there was nothing else to do” during the height of the pandemic, he and Bluhm would meet for long walks, and they’d discuss new songs.

“It just came to be a good way to look at the material we had both been messing with,” says Loiacono, who like Bluhm plays guitar and sings in the band. “It ended up being more of a collaboration. There’s always a desire to do that. But having the time during everything slowing down, it really helped.”