Today, Juno and MMVA nominated alt-rock band Mother Mother release the official video “Love Stuck”. This is the second single from the band’s sixth studio album, No Culture, released in February via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.
“Love Stuck” follows the debut single “The Drugs” which soared to #1 at Canadian Alternative Rock Radio for two weeks in a row and reached top 15 at Active Rock. Watch the video for “The Drugs” HERE.
“In this video we travel through an FX-drenched, animated mind-scape of someone whose soul is lost and fragmented,” singer Ryan Guldemond explains. “Such a journey can be varied, fantastical, confusing even, but if one makes it to the other side, they may just find themselves. On the other hand, they may just find themselves a giant, cosmic ice hole to fall down.”
The “Love Stuck” video comes hot on the heels of a coast-to-coast, twenty-five city Canadian headlining tour, including five sold-out shows at Vancouver’s historic Commodore Ballroom and a sold-out show at Massey Hall in Toronto. The band is about to embark on a US tour with stops at LA’s Troubadour and New York’s Bowery Ballroom, as well as dates with South Africa’s KONGOS.
Exploring themes of love conquering all, the music of Mother Mother’s album, No Culture, emerged out of a world roiled by fear and division borne out of politics, economic uncertainty, and terrorism. Into the maw of anxiety comes No Culture, which posits that society uses negative byproducts of culture — such as narcissism, hedonism, and addiction — as a means to nurture its fears of the unknown. “If we can strip back what feeds our differences, and just connect as people we might be more united at a time where we really need to be,” says Mother Mother’s frontman, guitarist, and lyricist Ryan Guldemond.
Co-produced by Brian Howes, Ryan Guldemond and Jason “JVP” Van Poederooyen, No Culture is the follow up to their highly successful breakout album Very Good Bad Thing. The bands’ new studio album continues to honour their synth-driven sound with aspects of alternative pop, creating a shimmering blend of strong hooks, big beats, ethereal vocals, and sing-along choruses, with an injection of punk rock energy throughout all 10 tracks.
While writing the album, Guldemond retired to a home studio he had built in the woods on the family’s very property where he and sister Molly (vocalist and keyboards) grew up. “It was so perfect and quiet that it became deafening and self-defeating,” he says. Three months prior, Guldemond put down a long habit of self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. After a few months of sobriety, the honeymoon wore off and he fell into a depression. A debilitating period of writer’s block ensued, which inspired the first single “Love Stuck”.
By exploring life, songwriting, and their own identity with clear minds void of substances, Mother Mother curated their most emotionally honest, vulnerable, and least cynical album to date.
But the album’s dark themes do not mean the sonic mood of No Culture is gloomy. “It’s not a down record,” Guldemond says. “There’s never a dark theme that isn’t accompanied by an answer or a way out. And it was crucial to take introspective themes and prop them up with energized and optimistic music. Sometimes sadness is better carried in a vehicle of happiness.”
“I think a story is better told when you’re not so entrenched in living it,” he says. “I look forward to performing these songs from the vantage point of having moved on from what led to their creation in the first place.”
Mother Mother is Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals and keyboards, Jasmin Parkin on keyboards and vocals, Ali Siadat on drums and percussion, and Mike Young on bass.