by al (pic by chris mckibbin)
It was an all Canadian bill at Bowery last night as Mother Mother and Sam Roberts Band shared the stage. I was there for the sweetly disjointed Mother Mother and I left plenty satisfied with the experience. The Vancouver five piece is anchored by Molly Guldemond and Jasmin Parkin on side vocals and keyboards. It’s like front man Ryan Guldemond has a good and bad angel on either shoulder. I’ve always loved their produced material so it was rewarding to see them perform well executed folk pop with clean and powerful vocals. My show mate described the sound as Billy Idol mixed with B-52′s. Thankfully they’re the younger hotter versions. Highlights of the set list were “Verbatim,” “Touch Up,” and they closed with a spirited rendition of “Oh My Heart ” with a stellar guitar solo by Ryan Guldemond. I can only hope that this band continues to progress and create new music. They’re fresh and unpredictable. You can buy their music here, the album Touch Up is a classic.