Mother Mother is a Canadian indie rock band based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band consists of Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals and keyboard, Jasmin Parkin on keyboard and vocals, Ali Siadat on drums, and Mike Young on bass. Longtime bassist Jeremy Page left the band in 2016.
In 2005, they independently released their self-titled debut album under the band name Mother. They later changed their name to Mother Mother, and re-released the album on Last Gang Records in 2007. Retitled Touch Up, the reissue also featured several new songs.
The band’s second album, O My Heart, was released on September 16, 2008; their third album, Eureka, was released on March 15, 2011; their fourth album, The Sticks, was released on September 18, 2012; and their fifth album, Very Good Bad Thing was released on November 4, 2014, with an American release of April 7, 2015, on Def Jam Recordings. Their sixth album, No Culture, was released on February 10, 2017, with yet another Def Jam Recordings release in the US. The seventh and newest album, Dance and Cry was released November 2, 2018.
We regularly make fun of CanCon (Canadian Content) here at The Squirrel. It’s a way of forcing Canadian broadcasters with terrestrial transmitters to play insipid, homebred, crap. Being honest, there are a lot of Canadian artists who, frankly, shouldn’t be artists. The system also doesn’t work and we say this because, despite regularly listening to terrestrial radio, Mr. Squirrel had never heard of Mother Mother until he ran across their (new then) single “It’s Alright” on Youtube. Yes, it took the recommend algorithm on a site run by an American corporation to help discover quality CanCon that should have been all over Canadian airwaves like a rash.
A look at Wikipedia shows some songs have charted respectably, but, this is weird, because we’ve not heard them and would remember them. It’s like Canadian stations have gone out of their way to avoid playing Mother Mother.
Anyhow, we’ve found them, we love them, and we purchased a bunch of their tunes for our library. “It’s Alright” is our fave and speaks to anyone who has a 12 Step background (cough!). We’ve put it into perpetual high rotation for that reason. And they’re in high rotation because they earned it, not just because they’re Canadian.
Songs in high rotation: