Judging from the mass turnout of teenage Vancouverites that collected at the Vogue Theatre’s front stage, it could have been a Taylor Swift or a Justin Bieber concert. Thankfully they were instead loyal fans of the Canadian indie-pop/rock sensation Mother Mother, proving that even youngsters can have a mature and seasoned taste in music.
With two sold-out shows on their current North American tour – one an all-ages affair at the Vogue Theatre May 4, the other at the Commodore Ballroom May 5 – Mother Mother certainly had no shortage of fan fury in Vancouver this time round. Fans waited patiently, shouting the band’s name after an amazing performance by opening band Brasstronaut. Their eyes widened as the band’s signature red spotlights heated up casting a blood-like glow, baiting the audience with excitement.
Opening with one of the band’s first ever songs “Ball Cap” from their record Touch Up, Mother Mother got the crowd literally jumping and ready for an inspiring experience that would include other songs from the largely popular album O My Heart and their most recent record Eureka released this past March.
Perhaps the crowd was just mirroring the energy being put forth on stage by band members, Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals and keyboard, Jasmin Parkin on keyboard and vocals, Ali Siadat on drums, and Jeremy Page on bass. The amount of dancing and swaying on stage could rival the most popular aerobics home-video. Even some of the older attendees jived and hopped along with the younger admirers donning the band’s merchandise T-shirts, the colors of which made up a small sea of pale blue in an otherwise dark venue.
The show was one that seemed to push the boundaries of what the band is already capable of. With their strong low industrial beats, mixed rhythms, electronic flare and perfected harmonies, Mother Mother only gained new respect from listeners with their innovative sound.
Already a master of her cherry-red keyboard, Parkin delighted the crowd by picking up a megaphone to sing/shout through in addition to including some opera vocal stylings to the band’s hit songs. Page also switched up his musical hats by bringing a baritone saxophone later on into the show.
Rocking his rooster-inspired blond hair, Ryan Guldemond showcased a talented display of rock and folk guitar playing on both acoustic and electronic string instruments, while sister Molly and drummer Siadat issued the crowd into a euphoric state with her crystal-clear vocal soundings, and his resounding beat creations.
Like the band’s colourful artwork – which has featured a rooster, a fish and now most recently a lion – the show was drenched with a kaleidoscope of bright lights, only enhancing the band’s unique sound, to create a kind of transcendence.
It’s no doubt that the band earned the genre world music just so that the categorization would be able to include all the rock, pop, folk, and reggae influences prevalent in the band’s past and current hits.
Yet one could imagine that this band would sound just as good performing off the stage and without all the fixings, as long as they had someone to sing their creative and quirky lyrics to, even if that audience were made up of a rooster, fish or lion.
Yet what was really memorable about the show was how humble the BC natives were, repeatedly giving accolades to Brasstronaut, thanking the crowd for their attendance and patronage, while also giving a shout-out to all mothers in lieu of the then upcoming holiday weekend.
Turns out the band doesn’t just excel at taking turns being folk musicians, indie-rock idols, or even the occasional pop rappers, they’re down-to-earth too!