By: Adam Harrison –
Just like “funny little monkeys in the zoo do it,” Toronto fell in love with Mother Mother and their unique style of indie/alternative music. Currently on a Canadian tour for their latest album The Sticks, the British Columbia natives made a stop at Kool Haus last night.
Opening the night was Ontario’s own Hannah Georgas, who just released her self-titled third album. Georgas, who grew up in Newmarket, got her break in British Columbia as well when she moved to Victoria to attend university. While her unique style of pop seemed a bit odd at first to the barely legal audience, it was Georgas’ sharp lyrics, lush vocals, danceable beats on tracks like “Somebody” and upbeat pop on “Millions,” along with her vulnerable stage presence set a strong contrast from the often theatrical headliners.
Mother Mother entered to very dark and ominous lighting, appropriate for their opening song, the mysterious and gloomy title track “The Sticks.” They carried on strong following with “Body of Years” from their 2008 breakthrough album O My Heart.
Front man, Ryan Guldemond, posed and snarled with his guitar, ever the rock star with his black blazer and blonde Mohawk. His two backup ladies on either side of him providing keys and support vocals, his equally blonde sister Molly to his right, and the dancing redhead, Jasmin Parkin to his left. This trio, in addition to drummer Ali Siadat and bassist Jeremy Page, is what makes Mother Mother’s look and feel so unique.
The show took full flight about halfway through the main set with popular, shake a leg numbers like “Hayloft” and “Baby Don’t Dance,” which sent the very young crowd into a dance frenzy, along with tracks like “Ghosting” and “Simply Simple” which inspired audience-wide sing-a-longs. However the top highlight was the closing “Let’s Fall in Love,” Mother Mother’s hit lead single from The Sticks, that has certainly garnered them more fans within the past six months. Fans jumped, arms raised and heads shaking to the power-chorded chorus and echoing along to “Mommy did it, daddy did it…”
Guldemond took a few moments to address the audience. Every time he spoke though, he couldn’t help but make you think he was on some kind of Vancouver-grown substance or he is just simply pretentious. He spoke monotonously and used terms like “pockets of turbulence,” “chasms of normalcy,” and even referred to the lighting affects as “luminary mermaids.” It was nice however that he gave proper recognition to people behind the scenes.
The break left us curious of what was still to be played. Hannah Georgas returned to the stage to join Mother Mother during their encore for the curious and peculiar song “Love it Dissipates.” Gouldemond then got out his banjo for the closing track “Wrecking Ball.”
After the show the band signed autographs by the merch booth, something headliners are usually not open to doing. It’s nice to see a band of their caliber showing appreciation to their fans. In return it’s nice to see a band of their caliber getting the recognition they’ve worked so hard for and deserve.
Mother Mother will continue their “The Sticks Tour” with Hannah Georgas until December 19th, when they play the Orpheum Annex Theatre in their hometown of Vancouver.