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Mother Mother at Cafe Du Nord Thursday Night

March 26, 2009

Mother Mother, one of my favorite bands you’ve never heard of, is back in town. They open for Sam Roberts at Café Du Nord Thursday night (March 26th).

I really like the main act, Sam Roberts, aka “Jesus of Montreal”. I am no music critic, so I will steal quotes from others from the CDN web site. The Boston Globe hailed him as “a classic rocker in an indie-rock world”. He’s great live — “performs with such focused energy and urgency, it sounds as if his very life depends on it.”

Brother Down (from his 2003 album, We Were Born in a Flame)
Them Kids (from his most recent album, Love At The End Of The World )
Sam Roberts Website

But I REALLY like Mother Mother. A lot. They rocked the house at Hotel Utah in November. It was pleasantly shocking to see 30 people singing along to “my” band.  Such is the power of the interscape.

mother mother at hotel utah

Two albums, both solid. But Mother Mother is hard to explain. Some of the most arresting vocals I have ever heard.  A couple of examples:

Polynesia (2007, Touch Up)
Body of Years (2008, Oh My Heart)
Mother Mother Myspace Page

(Yes, the lead singer’s a dude.)

Other people’s quotes:

“A beautifully bent portrait of vocal harmony, clever, offbeat lyricism, and dynamic instrumentation.” — Cafe Du Nord
“Mother Mother’s layers of harmonies, complex choruses and sheer energy makes this disc one of the best of the year.” — Now Magazine
“Vocal Harmonies even Queen would be proud of” — UR Chicago Magazine

Mother Mother might actually be able to turn a burrito into a sandwich, if you know what I mean.  (Please — if you do know what I mean there, do let me know.  No fucking clue, that one just sort of popped out.)

Anyway, do yourself a favor and check them out Thursday night, doors at 8, show at 9. $12 tix, $15 at the door, and beer — what more could you ask for? Don’t be late!

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