Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre, Victoria BC, July 14
The Vancouver-based rockers, complete with not one, but two female keyboard players, were good — not great, not bad, just good. Mother Mother's set — including an electric banjo, which summoned visions of Mumford and Sons — included all their radio-played, fan favourites such as "Bit by Bit," "Let's Fall in Love" and "Baby Don't Dance."
There were a couple of interesting additions to the line-up for those with a keen musical ear. The band included a rather disappointing version of the Pixies "Gouge Away," which was later followed by a cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom" that featured a strange crowd sing- and clap-along part. Both weren't credited to the original bands, leaving some in the crowd with the idea they were Mother Mother songs.
Mother Mother are accessible indie rockers who have clearly mastered the art of the live show and know how to get their audience involved in their set, but if you were looking for something to wake you up and shake you, you were in the wrong place.
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Zola JesusVenue, Vancouver BC, January 10
Weird minimal synth drones, drum programming and arpeggiated sequences set the mood as the crowd filled the dimly lit venue, shards of cry...
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ConductThe Good Will Social Club, Winnipeg MB, December 19
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