Mother Mother plays the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, Friday March 24

Mother Mother strives to maintain intimacy as the venues grow

B.C. band wants to make sure it maintains authentic connection with individual fans as it enters the arena

With a bold and anthemic new album to showcase, it’s fitting that B.C. band Mother Mother will play to a stadium audience during their show in Victoria later this month.

But that’s not to say the performance will lack intimacy.

“In trying to create a larger energy, you have to be careful not to trounce on the intimacy,” explains Ryan Guldemond, Mother Mother’s guitarist and lead vocalist. “You still want to be connecting with each and every person of the thousands on an individual level, and not let them feel like they are being grouped together.”

And this is where sincerity is crucial.

“The greatest thing that people relate to is authenticity, and you can smell it and you can taste it and it’s sweet, but as soon as fraudulence enters the room, the stomach churns,” Guldemond says. “And I think in the art of performance this is the most crucial detail: staying true, whether you are standing still or you are doing backflips, you have to mean it.”

This reflects some of the themes in No Culture, Mother Mother’s sixth album.

“I think the sonic-scape of the album is really large and expansive and would suit any scale of performance, but the sentiments and themes are intimate and are personal and are human, and so therein lies that intimacy,” Guldemond says.

The album touches on Guldemond’s recent move away from what he describes as “extreme debauchery and nocturnal misadventuring,” and his examination of identity and external influences.

“I think that experience is ongoing in life for anybody,” he says. “Along the way we realize that the things we thought mattered don’t, and this was just an instance of that. It’s beautiful and terrifying when you realize that you are not your thoughts, or you realize that you are not a flamboyant socialite – that that may be a caricature you’ve adopted to preserve yourself, protect yourself, or just to have thrills, but it’s not in fact who you are.”

Talking about the band’s tour, which will see them at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre on Friday March 24 ahead of five final shows in Vancouver, Guldemond discusses some of the new songs that are resonating with audiences.

“We open the set with the song that opens the album – Free – and that one feels good,” he says. “It’s anthemic and very muscular, but the message is really inclusive and positive and I kind of like that dichotomy.”

Another is Baby Boy, which also features one of Guldemond’s fellow Mother Mother vocalists – and sister – Molly Guldemond.

“That’s definitely the most emotionally visceral song of the set – old and new – and that is a shared narrative between Molly and myself that touches on something very true to what we’ve experienced together,” Guldemond says.

“Playing that song live has made me think a little more deeply about what that component is in live music that takes the experience to the next level, because you can play well, you can sing well, you can run around and you can flap your arms and you can say witty things in between songs, and you can have a great light show, and all of that stuff is really important, and really augments the experience, but what is that other component that takes it to a higher vibration of human experience?

“And I think it’s emotion and vulnerability and relatability. And I find that Baby Boy achieves those things, and people see beyond the music and into the interpersonality of the band.”

For tickets and other information, visit their website www.mothermothersite.com.

— Krista Siefken, VI Free Daily

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria art gallery provides Open Space in an online way

View Chantal Gibson’s recent show on the web, hear Indigenous stories on Instagram starting Sunday

Victoria brewery throws support behind still-operating restaurants

Vancouver Island Brewing initiates #TakeOutTuesday to keep local eateries in the public eye

LIVE MUSIC: Artist in Residence reaching into the community

Kathryn Calder to perform livestream show on YouTube channel this Friday, April 3

Victoria vocalist Maria Manna reaches out to hard-hit Italy with special online song

Jazz singer to perform ‘Hymn to Freedom’ with Italian lyrics on Facebook at 2 p.m. Monday

Royal BC Museum joins home education trend for outreach programs

Free webinar options available for RBCM@Home and kids’ programs, starting March 31

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Vancouver Island musicians in quarantine thank neighbours with backyard performance

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra director Karl Rainer and his sons play for those in self-isolation

Order of Canada Vancouver Island musician pens ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’

Qualicum Beach lawyer and saxophonist Phil Dwyer notes health officer has become a ‘folk hero’

Campbell River journalist launches Isolationpalooza II

Featuring all local musicians, a volunteer virtual concert, of sorts

6.5-magnitude earthquake in Idaho shakes B.C. Interior

An earthquake was reportedly felt just before 5 p.m. throughout the Okanagan

Most Read