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.
ReviewsMar 22, 2015
TOPS / She-DevilsBar le Ritz PDB, Montréal, QC, March 20
She-Devils are a duo who've been playing quite a bit this winter; Kyle plays and manipulates samples while Audrey Ann sings. Audrey Ann's po...
ReviewsMar 21, 2015
Viet CongFader Fort, Austin TX, March 20
It's simple: Viet Cong were on the wrong bill. Scheduled just after Kehlani's pop/R&B hybrid and before Migos and secret guests Big Sean and...
ReviewsMar 19, 2015
Courtney BarnettStubb's BBQ, Austin TX, March 18
Without a word, Courtney Barnett arrived onstage, bathed in blue light and charging out the first track from her forthcoming LP, Sometimes I...
ReviewsMar 18, 2015
Natalie PrassCheer Up Charlie's, Austin TX, March 17
"Okay I guess we're ready!" shrugged Natalie Prass from the stage after troubleshooting her Wurlitzer and finding that, due to technical dif...