Mother Mother is ‘following the evolutionary path’
Although they’ve always stuck to their pop-rock roots, they’ve constantly thrived to find new and engaging sounds to keep their style fresh.
In an interview during Edgefest with Ryan and Molly Guldemond, the brother and sister combo that leads the band along with third vocalist and pianist Jasmin Parkin, said that working on the next album will be a slow and delicate process.
“We’re just at the end of an album cycle now,” said Molly. “We’re having fun doing tours and festivals and now we’re about to hunker down and start writing seriously.”
She went on to talk about how they’re excited about the new album to come, but explained that they plan on taking a little more time with this one now that they have four under their belts.
Their fourth and newest studio album The Sticks (2012,) garnered great reviews as a progressive and ever changing tempo for Mother Mother, and a very successful follow up to their previous 2011 release Eureka.
Not that they feel like either of the previous albums were rushed coming out just over a year apart, but they really want to take their time with the next record and really nail it.
“The third definitely wasn’t rushed, we took our time,” said Ryan. “There certainly wasn’t a delay releasing The Sticks, but I wouldn’t say it was rushed.”
An album only has so much shelf life before the market has been saturated with it, and then it just naturally becomes time to put out a new record once the previous has been exhausted.“I guess we could’ve taken more time in the studio, but we wanted to be a little more imperfect with the last album, not labor over the minutia,” said Ryan.
“We’ve overproduced and under produced. We like to toy with the different ways of doing stuff. It’s hard to say what’s in store. It’s going to be a big sounding record, we won’t retreat to subtlety.”
Molly elaborated by saying that going forth with the next album, they plan to flow in the same direction of constant change and variable sound structures.
“We’re going to continue down the evolutionary path. There will always be some different stuff, that’s for sure. It’s going to be rad.”
Battling an advancing technological music era is hard, and the demand for highly post-produced, and digitized compositions is on the rise, yet people want artists to keep it real and raw at the same time. This is a balance that has been at the forefront of the climb for the Guldemonds.
“Some people are simply natural vessels of authenticity,” said Ryan. “We just really want to be primal out there, sacrifice our souls. The more and more we play live, we just want to dismantle our egotistical structure and be real and raw.”
Although the band likes to take new risks and venture into different musical territory, Molly doesn’t feel the fans’ liking of the music waivers one way or the other.
“We have truly great fans. Even when we do shows outside our normal relam, our fans are always great and accepting. The more you go on you become more natural on stage, and the fans appreciate it. Being on display was so unnatural to me before.”
The entire group as one has a homogenous and harmonious stage presence alongside each other, and flow completely fluidly with one another.
It definitely contributes to the organic nature of the band that Ryan and Molly share such a strong bond as brother and sister, not to mention that it keeps not only the band tightly knit, but also their family ties stay strong.“It feels so ordinary at this time because we’ve been doing it for so long, and we just do it. It makes a lot of sense,” explained Ryan. “We’ve laughed and loved and fought along the way, we still do. Thank God for interviews, makes you realize the unique opportunity you have sharing a life and career with your sibling.”
“I appreciate it,” said Molly. “Most of the time it’s just normal to us. People in the modern age don’t place as much value on family ties.”
Edgefest was a rite of passage for Mother Mother. Although a festival of this caliber isn’t outside their means as a band, it was the first opportunity they’ve had to do so in a market such as Toronto.
“It feels like it was long overdue,” said Ryan. “We’ve played many venues on our own in Toronto, but we’ve never done a show like this, and we want to convert as many people as possible.”
Story by Devin Size, Photos by ftfphotography