O My Heart 10th Anniversary Tour
It is hard to believe that is has been 10 years since Mother Mother’s second album “O My Heart” was released. The album delivered big time, managing to easily avoid the dreaded Sophomore Curse. In celebration of the anniversary the band have taken a break from the recording their seventh album to release a Live Sessions EP, and to take a short celebration tour.
After announcing dates in Alberta and Ontario earlier in the month many of which have subsequently sold out, the band announced a show in their hometown, Vancouver, to kick off the tour.
The Imperial was packed with die-hard fans eager to see the band before they head out on the road.
The show was split into two parts – with the first part of the evening dedicated to a run through of the whole “O My Heart” album from start to finish. Although the album contains many fan favourites, such as Body of years, Ghosting, Hayloft, Wrecking Ball and the title track, it was some of the lesser heard tracks that really stood out.
Ryan brought out the acoustic guitar for Try to Change, joking with the crowd that they never play acoustic guitar. Molly’s vocals on Sleep Awake were great, and closing out the first part of the evening with Heart Heavy felt perfect.
The second part of the set was what Ryan dubbed a “Longcore”, as it almost as long as the first part, featuring many older tracks that have not been played for a while, including Oh Ana, and Verbatim.
In addition to the music, which of course was magnificent the band spent a lot of time chatting with the audience, which gave the show an even more intimate feel.
All in all, a great night out, and the rest of Canada is in for a lot of fun, and a chance to live 10 years in the past, at least for an hour or two.
Your next chance to see Mother Mother in Vancouver will September 9th at the inaugural Skookum Festival in Stanley Park.
Photos: Stewart Johnstone
Mother Mother, one of the featured acts of the SKOOKUM Music Festival have scheduled a special intimate performance in Vancouver to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the highly acclaimed album “O My Heart”, as part of SKOOKUM After Dark Presents.
The Juno nominated Vancouver based-band has announced a series of seven nostalgic and intimate live dates in select markets across Canada, where they invite fans to experience all the tracks on O My Heart from front to back, with new energy and enthusiasm. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 28 at 10am through www.skookumfestival.com.
The original version of O My Heart arrived on September 23, 2008, and quickly became an indie-rock fan favourite. Since its release, the album has amassed almost 6 million global streams. Frontman Ryan Guldemond shares, “Every band that’s been around a while has its classic album, and O My Heart is ours. We owe it a lot, as it paved the way for so much to come. But mostly we owe it to the fans for digging the music and giving us a reason to carry on. This anniversary is a celebration of them, much more than it’s a celebration of us. We’re just delighted to host the party.”
Mother Mother has had ten Top 10 alternative pop singles to date. Their most recent album, No Culture, debuted at #1 for alternative, #2 overall, and is nearing 10M streams on Spotify. The album also includes the band’s first #1 single at alt radio, “The Drugs”, as well as hits “Love Stuck” and “Baby Boy”. No Culture’s success paved the way for a sold-out coast-to-coast tour, including a record-setting five sold out shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, and a sold-out show at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall. The Vancouver-based band includes 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.
Mother Mother is one of the featured acts that will be performing at SKOOKUM and part of the Sunday, September 9 bill that closes out the three-day event.
To learn more about SKOOKUM, including details about tickets and pricing, please visit: www.skookumfestival.com
Mother Mother at the Imperial
Mother Mother today announced that they will be kicking off their “Oh My Heart” 10th Anniversary Tour with a hometown show at the Imperial, Vancouver on May 31st. Tickets are on sale now. Details at http://www.mothermothersite.com/tour/
Check out a review and photos from last year’s 5 night stand at the Commodore Ballroom here.
Check out a few shots of Little Destroyer at JunoFest here.