May 4, 2011
Photos by: Lauren Mulcahy
Hailing from Quadra Island, but making a name for themselves in Vancouver, Mother Mother has always been on my must see list. Having really enjoyed their albums O My Heart and Touch Up, and having a few brief listens of their newest album, Eureka!, I was ecstatic to finally see them live. I was also quite excited to see the opening band Brasstronaut, because I had heard many great things about them in the past. Unfortunately due to some things out of my control, I was only able to catch the last song of their set. Maybe I picked a good song to catch them on, but I was incredibly blown away by their atmospheric sound, which was given an injection of energy from their drummer. They ended their set with a very ear pleasing lengthy jam, which had members leaving the stage until it was just the drummer and keyboardist, who played off to a cheering crowd.
Not too long after, Mother Mother took the stage to an absolutely thunderous crowd, opening with a song that I wasn't even expecting them to play, Ball Cap, off their debut album Touch Up. After that they launched into O My Heart, which was met with a sold out Vogue sing-along. Following O My Heart, they played a number of songs off their newest album, Eureka!, including Simply Simple, Born in a Flash and Getaway. Admittedly not knowing Eureka! as well as I should, the musicianship and stage presence of their live performance had completely sold me on their new songs, as everyone within earshot was dancing and singing along to them. After playing some old favourites such as Polynesia, Angry Sea and Ghosting, bassist Jeremy Page brought out his clarinet and they performed what seemed to be a new song, which was a nice change of pace. Following that, they launched into essentially a medley of their singles, going from The Stand, which I think everyone in the building was singing along to, right into Body of Years, which included a cover of The Pixies in the breakdown – a nice little nod since they were playing right down the street – and then right into Hayloft, which is just as quirky and weird (the good weird) as it is on the recording. They ended their medley off with the crowd pleasing Wrecking Ball, which featured a saxophone solo, once again by Jeremy Page, before closing off the set with the closing song off Eureka!, Calm Me Down. Of course, they were encored back on stage, and played a very stripped down version of Arms Tonite, and after thanking everyone (including the mothers in the audience) they ended everything off with a bang with Verbatim.
For my first time seeing Mother Mother, I can safely say I was thoroughly impressed. The voices of Ryan and Molly Guildemond, combined with Jasmin Parkin make for some incredible harmonies, and the overall sound and unique quirkiness of their music is amplified with their live performance, which all in all, makes for an unbelievable show.