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Gig Photos: Mother Mother at the NAC

By Marc Lepage on May 23, 2022

Back in Ottawa for the first time since 2019, Mother Mother brought their Inside tour to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Opening the show was Toronto alt rock band Monowhales.

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The band’s set included their most recent single “New Threads” as well as an excellent cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “The Hand That Feeds”.

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Performing in Ottawa for the first time in three years, Mother Mother made a tour stop in Ottawa at the NAC.

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Mother Mother has long been a band that is adored by their fans. Despite being sidelined by COVID restrictions for the last couple of years, the band has been experiencing an astronomical surge in popularity thanks to popular social media app TikTok, where a number of their older songs such as “Hayloft”, “Arms Tonite” and “Wrecking Ball”, became wildly popular.

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At one point, singer Ryan Guldemond asked the crowd if anyone was seeing the band for the first time, and as a few hundred hands went up, he said, “Welcome to the family”, to uproarious applause.

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Splitting time between the kit at the back of the stage and a single drum at the front of the stage for pared down versions of a few songs, drummer Ali Sadat is integral to the band’s diverse catalogue of music.

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Bassist Mike Young also played synth at various point during the band’s set, which included old material such as “Verbatim” as well as newer music from their most recent album, Inside.

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One of the remarkable things about Mother Mother is the depth and breadth of talent, with all three vocalists to take on lead vocals or supporting harmonies.

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Mother Mother is truly a family affair, with siblings Ryan and Molly Guldemond’s complementary vocals.

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Jasmin Parkin steps away from the keyboard to take centre stage, wowing the crowd with her impressive vocal range.

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Riding high on their well-deserved rise in popularity, Mother Mother’s stage show was bigger and better than I’ve ever seen, with incredible lighting and a dynamic set that highlighted the excellent songwriting as well as the musical abilities of all of the band members. The band ended their set with “Hayloft/Hayloft II”, before returning for an encore of “Dirty Town” and “Burning Pile”.

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During the show, Ryan made a point several times to thank everyone for coming out to the show. Like many artists, their return to the stage is a welcome reprieve from the isolation we all faced over the last couple of years. He took the time to thank their crew individually by name, for their contributions to all the things that make a tour a success. He noted that while difficult, the isolation caused by the pandemic was in its own way beautiful, as it made the return to normal that much sweeter.

To the fans in attendance, he said, “Thank you for giving us this life…giving us this dream.” The band’s packed tour schedule continues in Europe and the U.S. throughout the rest of 2022.

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