Latest album has darker, brooding tone

NANAIMO – Mother Mother performs at the Port Theatre Sunday (Dec. 16).

Mother Mother performs a selection of fan favourites and new songs from its album The Sticks at the Port Theatre Sunday (Dec. 16) 7:30 p.m.

Mother Mother performs a selection of fan favourites and new songs from its album The Sticks at the Port Theatre Sunday (Dec. 16) 7:30 p.m.

Mother Mother has taken on a darker tone in its latest album The Sticks.

It explores the issues of people relying too much on electronic tools and elements in society.

Mother Mother doesn’t usually set out to create a theme for its albums, said Ryan Guldemond, guitarist and vocalist for the band. He said it just worked out that way this time with a bit of an underlying theme lyrically.”

“We’re not eternal optimists by any stretch. It’s electronic and dynamic. It’s got all different flavours,” said Guldemond, adding it will still appeal to the true blue Mother Mother fans.

The band doesn’t try to emulate any specific genre of music when creating songs, they just come into being, he said.

The song, The Sticks, which was also chosen as the albums title, explores the concept of living in isolation and getting away to a more peaceful setting without the distraction of peripheral clutter.

Guldemond said the song is the most ominous track on the album.

“The Sticks doesn’t recoil. It brazenly proclaims its philosophy,” he said.

The singer believes in taking in the moment when it comes to creating music and experiencing life.

“All anyone can try to do is have a pure moment,” he said. “What we regret more is when we were not there enough in that moment.”

Guldemond said Mother Mother loves its Vancouver Island fans and is looking forward to playing in Nanaimo.

There is a kinship with the Island fans, he added.

The band plays at the Port Theatre Sunday (Dec. 16) 7:30 p.m. Nanaimo fans can expect a mix of old favourites and songs from The Sticks.

“We pay respect to the songs that got us to where we are,” he said.

Tickets are $32.50 and are available at the Port Theatre box office, 125 Front St., by calling 250-754-8550 or going to www.porttheatre.com.

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