Mother Mother – The Stand/Simply Simple

April 23, 2011 by  

Picking up the baton dropped by The Dandy Warhols, Mother Mother are a Canadian 5-piece spearheaded by songwriter Ryan Guldemond.

Originally a stripped down vessel to convey his thoughts and emotions, he recruited sister, Molly and now ex-member Debra-Jean Creelman to give backbone to his acoustic sound. Now critically lauded in their native Canada and the US, this release from their 3rd album ‘Eureka’ is all set to bring some quirky indie cool past the shores of the Atlantic.

Canada has produced some absolutely glorious indie in the last decade, from acts like Arcade Fire, Tokyo Police Club and Metric to name but a few. Looking to add their name to this international dynasty are Mother Mother who share a label with Metric and have recorded with producers who have worked with the likes of Tegan and Sara and The New Pornographers. Evidence of this sticks out like a sore thumb but you feel that in a good way, it will have helped a band like Mother Mother find their sound.

‘The Stand’ is a fun number, cheekily driven along by the conversational narrative of the Guldemond siblings. In contrast, ‘Simply Simple’ shows a different side to Mother Mother, and tackles the minefield brought by complicated relationships and a refusal to grow up. What links these songs is that lyrically, they are both very reflective and self-serving. It’s not all doom and gloom, as you get a real sense of optimism the more each song goes on but it makes you wonder if these songs are more of a type of therapy for their creator.

Guldemond’s emotions run through these songs like a river, but stay neurotic enough to keep it interesting as we’re served a bevy of repression with hints of awkwardness played out to music that will make you want to dance, especially in the case of ‘The Stand’; something which puts them in the same ball park as The Smiths and already way ahead of some of their current contemporaries.

[rating:3.5]


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