Mother Mother brings fresh sounds

  • May. 3, 2011 5:00 a.m.

With a successful new album, Eureka, described as their most “tenacious and undaunted” album yet, Mother Mother is set to stop in Penticton for a show at the Barking Parrot this Friday.

Formed in 2005, Mother Mother has gained notoriety within the indie music scene with three albums and  non-stop touring — to sold out concerts — that delivers an experience that band members describe as a “raucous carousel.” Their single The Stand with it’s eccentric, pop-rock sound has been recognized as the No. 1 most added track to Alternative Rock radio.

The band, originally from Vancouver, chose to name their newest album Eureka because of the connotations of epiphany and exciting discovery.

Incongruently, a neon-coloured lion is featured on the cover of the recently released album, which represents “the animal instinct in us to pursue these breakthroughs; a predatory sense to hunt for deeper truth,” according to Molly Guldemond, the band’s vocalist, synth player and cover art artist.

Their quirky band name was chosen because of its supposed ambiguous quality: “The word (represents) things both hard and soft, vengeful, yet peaceful and nurturing — kind of like our music,” said the band’s front man — and Molly’s brother — Ryan Guldemond. Later, the band added another mother to the name to avoid potential legal trouble with other bands of the same name.

Unlike many musicians that seek influence from bands both past and present, Mother Mother avoids emulating others. The band tries to be tasteful and creative without hearkening to their heroes or current fascinations, Guldemond said, explaining that Mother Mother hopes to stay relevant, ever changing, and happy.

The May 6 show  starts at 9:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.