A fan-run page dedicated to spreading the word that is Mother Mother!
Mother Mother are performing at this year’s Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI on June 29 and want to give YOU a chance to win tickets.
Every Monday leading up to the festival, Mother Mother will be tweeting a trivia question and will randomly select one correct responder each week to win a pair of tickets. Follow the band on twitter @mothermother and watch for the first question to be posted on May 27!
Mother Mother have added on a handful of US dates to the upcoming tour - June 30 in Cleveland, July 1 in Rochester, July 2 in Cambridge and July 10 in Chicago. Details posted below.
Current dates as of May 13 (more TBA)
June 14 - Kamloops, BC (Interior Savings Centre) [tickets]
June 15 - Vancouver, BC (Malkin Bowl) [tickets]
June 29 - Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest) [tickets]
June 30 - Cleveland, OH (Peabody’s Concert Club) [tickets]
July 1 - Rochester, NY (The Bug Jar) [18+] [tickets]
July 2 - Cambridge, MA (T.T. The Bear’s Place) [18+] [tickets]
July 5 - Windsor, ON (The Loop) [19+] [tickets]
July 6 - St. Catharines, ON (Barracuda Party) [19+] [tickets]
July 7 - Montreal, QC (Club Soda) [tickets]
July 8 - Ottawa, ON (Bluesfest) [tickets]
July 10 - Chicago, IL (Reggies Rock Club) [17+] [tickets]
July 14 - Victoria, BC (Rock The Shores) [tickets]
July 31 - Toronto, ON (Edgefest) [tickets]
True. July 5, on sale now. The show is 19+. Tickets are here: http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/8478/ . Enjoy the show!
To celebrate the third annual Mother Mother Day, we reached out to the fans and asked them to tell us what MM means to them. Here’s what they had to say:
**edit** - a few more messages added to the bottom :)
“The music helped to distract myself from my depression. I was at my worst when Eureka came out, and it helped to listen to something instead of being alone with my thoughts. I guess what it meant to me was the fact that I had some wicked music to turn to when times became difficult. “
“Were it not for Mother Mother, I am unsure I’d be alive today. I’ve dealt with depression for most of my life and battled with self-injury for eight years. Mother Mother’s music was a major turning point in my life. For the first time in a long time, I felt something. I started to turn to music instead of a blade when things got hard. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to speak openly about these experiences, but for now this will have to do. I owe you my life.”
“Mother Mother is an inspiration to me, simply genius. Mother Mother is the voice in my head! A perfect combination of musicians. “Infatuation” is the perfect word to describe the feelings I feel for Mother Mother. That is what they mean to me. I also want to add that the day I met each band member, they were incredibly lovely and I cherish that memory so much uh yeah like I think about it every day kind of thing yep”
“MM inspires me, and many other artists! UuU <3 <3”
Mother Mother is one of the greatest things to happen to me. I never loved music more than theirs. Plus, they’re very real and are people really look up to. I love them! <3
“So I know it sounds cheesy, but I can say that the band has probably saved my life.
When I first heard them, I was going through a really rough patch in my life where it seemed like the world was against me. I was being abused and harming myself in reaction to it. When I was feeling down, I would listen to their songs to “Calm Me Down” [oops i used a pun]. Since then, I’ve done much better, I’ve pulled myself out of that rut, and I feel like I can finally live. If it weren’t for you all, I would not be where I am today. Thank you, Mother Mother, for showing me all this. I love you guys will all of my heart.”
- Sincerely, Oceann
“Mother Mother means that I am not alone. They’re lyrics (and fan base) show me that there are other people out there like me, who have these weird, inconceivable thoughts and ramblings. To me, they are the thoughts in my head being translated into beautiful and complex compositions.”
- Jenna Mogck
“Hey guys sorry but this one’s gonna get a little deep and stupid. So where to begin? Mother Mother came on the radio after a really crappy day and I was completely in love. Some good memories I have are driving around listening to body of years with my mom, and when she passed away, listening to mother mother got me through it. I have met you all and you were very sweet. Some of the best nights of my life are going to mother mother concerts with my friends. Keep being awesome <3”
“Mother Mother means my first signed band shirt, my first long conversation with band members, and the first band I could honestly call my favourite.”
“I love Mother Mother because they make me feel 17 again - these old bones need that from time to time. Great music and great people.”
- Tracy A (My mom!)
Oleander (white like me)
“MM is super important because “Body Of Years” was just a random iTunes single of the week that myself and 2 friends enjoyed in our first year of high school. By the end of high school, everyone knew me as the girl who loved Mother Mother, and half of my graduating class loved them too. Once I made a friend cuz I was wearing an MM shirt. And I’ve met some very important (and very awesome) friends in my life thanks to MM (and the internet).”
-xoxo gossip karo
“to my second mothers.
thank you all for being the coolest, friendliest, nicest peeps around. if it weren’t for you i wouldn’t have been exposed to GOOD music. Not just your own, but that of other bands and artists that you have toured with, worked with, or just liked. for that i cannot thank you enough. (this sounds like an acceptance speech) I’m so glad to have had the privilege to meet and get to know you all a little bit, I wouldn’t trade that for the world! People always think that I’m a crazy stalker fan but it’s more than that, I hate missing a show because I hate not supporting you, it feels like I’m letting down a friend (or 5)! If it was possible I would be at every show and I would support the fuck out of you. You have changed my life and introduced me to some of my best friends. So i just wanted to say thanks for everything you’ve done for me and everything you’ve done for the sisterhood. You are some of the best people I know and I look forward to many more smiles, tears, laughs, and careless whispers.”
love from your girl in the sticks,
“Mother Mother means beautiful people and beautiful music. The fanbase is the nicest I’ve ever seen. To me, Mother Mother is like family. The music is always there, the band members are the sweetest, and the fans are all so close. This amazing band has changed my life. Thank you Mother Mother, for the great time I had meeting you all, and hopefully for the many future meetings we’ll have as well!”
- Katrina (@Naysweater)
“In November 2009 I went with a friend to see Matthew Good perform. I didn’t know it at the time, but that night would end up drastically changing my night. The opening band, whom I’d never heard of, came on and really impressed me. I picked up both albums, said a quick hello to the band (saying that I “liked the trick or treat song”), and went on my way. In the three and a half years since then, those albums became my most-played music and a casual interest turned into a full-blown obsession. I have since seen Mother Mother perform a total of 31 times and have had the privilege of getting to know them on a personal level. I cannot speak highly enough of these individuals - they go above and beyond when it comes to their fans and have done more for me personally than I can ever repay. Were it not for them, I would have never met the group of people I now consider my best friends. I honestly don’t know where I’d be today were it not for Mother Mother, their music, and the personal relationships I’ve formed thanks to it. I can’t thank you enough for everything. Thanks for the memories. Happy Mother Mother Day.”
“I believe that Mother Mother are more than just a band or simple musicians. They are the music you listen to when you are sad, lonely or happy or just feeling any feeling really. They are the music that you listen to whenever or where ever you may be. When you hear them you can’t help but feel an uplifting feeling in your heart. Almost like some weird crazy anxiety! Mere words cannot explain their importance in your life or that feeling of connection! I remember that first time I heard them in 2008 and I just had to know— who and what is this amazing sound filling up my brain with greatness? Mother Mother of course! And from that day on, I had a feeling that these guys, that Mother Mother, they know what they’re doing and I’m going to be listening to them forever. Every album has it’s own character and story, it’s pure genius! I have never ever heard a band put together music and lyrics the way they do. Unique is just not the word. I have never been disappointed in anything they seem to create, it’s unbelievable! There is nothing better than being a fan of a wonderful group of people which treat you not as people below them, but as equals. This is why I love Mother Mother… Of course I have way much more to say about these great people, but it will have to wait. I can truly say that Mother Mother is a band that I will stick with till the very end, always. I love you guys!”
“Carson, Carson,” my dad yelled to me from the driver’s seat, waking me up. “Carson, I want you to listen to this song. I think you’re really going to like it!”
I sat up in my seat and waited for him to crank up the volume. My dad only woke me up to hear his greatest indie song finds. In seconds, the chilling guitar strings of “Ghosting” began wafting through the car speakers. Immediately put into a trance, I sat still in my seat, and felt my body being washed over by Mother Mother. Their music was like nothing I’d heard before; it was eerie, eclectic, melancholy, and haunting.
Years later, I found myself going though a rough time in my life; my depression came back with a vengeance, and I shut myself in my room for hours on end with no intention of coming out until the next morning. Loneliness permeated my body and mind, and I felt like nobody out there knew how I felt. One night, after being in my room for a few hours, watching “Ghost Hunters”, I was reminded of that strange song I’d heard a few years back. I looked up the lyrics, and I found my desired song in a matter of seconds. I pressed play, sat back in my bed, and let Mother Mother take over, just as I had done before. The song washed me over with emotions, and I began to cry.
Whenever I felt sad or lonely, I’d play a few Mother Mother songs, just to let my sadness out. Mother Mother music helped me out of a lot of ruts because it was like people finally understood what it was like to be so upset. Letting me emote to a few songs every day helped me healthily control my emotions, and I became more social and cheery. I got out more and began making friends. Without them, I don’t know if I’d be here.
Now, I listen to “Touch Up”, “O My Heart”, “Eureka”, and “The Sticks” every single day, and the reason for this is simply simple: Mother Mother is the light of my life. I laugh to the lyrics of “Verbatim”, cry to “Happy”, and marvel at the beauty of “Getaway.” I’m so glad my dad played that haunting tune in the car a few years ago. This band makes me want to scream EUREKA!”
“Mother Mother has meant many things to me in my life.
I had the fortune to be introduced to Mother Mother through an online friend, and I immediately became enamored by their music. Before Mother Mother, I had a certain… comfort in my life that wasn’t exactly “comfortable.” A frog in slowly boiling water. Mother Mother was that messenger that told me I was in hot water and that I needed to get the hell out of there. I realized that I needed to stand up for myself. So I came out as a homosexual, in quite the socially conservative neighborhood.
It was a hard road. I lost my best friend. My parents stopped talking to me for the longest time, said the ugliest words I didn’t think I’d ever hear from them, and I’ve been called out on several occasions for holding another guy’s hand. It was a period of emotional torment that I was never prepared for.
And honestly, Mother Mother got me through it. Ryan’s lyricism, the message they all worked to get out there were words that I hung onto. They spoke of serious truths about the human condition with playful breaks in between that reminded me I needed to smile once in a while through all this.
I truly owe a portion to my life to them, for the music they make, for the message they’ve taught me throughout possibly the more transformative years of my life: to be diligent in whatever you pursue, to be vigilant on what needs changing, what seems to be destroying yourself, and to be ever-present of your location in the universe and act upon there. These are things I’ve thought throughout the various hardships in my college years as well, in growing up and realizing what adulthood consists of, of what existing requires.
Meeting them was just an entirely great experience, I’ve found that they’re the sweetest people, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the future. I know I’ll be supportive every step of the way.”
“I was introduced to Mother Mother’s music at a social gathering, and I immediately went home and explored the first two albums. I wasn’t quite sure what I was hearing, but I loved it. I soon found out they were playing in my town the next month, so I went and that’s when my life changed forever. Through the band, I discovered so many other local bands and musicians, and also met a group of fans that I am now lucky to call my best friends. Mother Mother came into my life at a time when I struggled with depression and anxiety, and going to shows, meeting new people, and getting to know the band personally, brought so much joy to me and showed me the light. I always think, what if I never went to that gathering where they played O My Heart? What if I didn’t know about the show in my town? Well, I probably wouldn’t be here today to be honest. I thank the universe everyday for leading me to Mother Mother, my friends, my musical passion, and finally (recently) my peace of mind. Thank you, MM, for all that you do, and for being my saviour. I love you more than I could ever express. “
“What does Mother Mother mean to me? That’s such a tough question to answer. I don’t know how I can adequately describe the feeling I get when I think about the band. Like many others, Mother Mother has definitely saved my life and helped me when I was at my worst. The first album I heard was The Sticks, but it’s definitely become one of my favourite albums. In the past year, someone very close to me passed away, my depression was at its worst, I lost friends, and I went through a really bad break-up and things kind of spiraled out of control. But I felt like I wasn’t entirely alone, because I had MM’s music to accompany me when I felt lonely and down. I wish there was some other way to tell them directly how much they mean to me, because I really want them all to know that without them, I don’t know where I’d be right now or who I’d be. They’ve kept me grounded. The amount of love and respect I have for this band is incredible and vast. I owe you, Mother Mother, so so so much. You have done so much goodness and kindness for my heart and soul, simply through your music. Thank you SO much.”
In case you missed it, we’ve been working on a project for the third annual Mother Mother Day. We asked you: What do you love about Mother Mother? We’re compiling a huge post filled with love to be shared with the band tomorrow.
The post will go up at 12PM MST TOMORROW. Please submit before then if you’d like to be included.