Mother Mother

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Mother Mother
Mother Mother Performing at Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA.jpg
Mother Mother Performing at Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
Background information
OriginQuadra Island, British Columbia, Canada
Years active2005 (2005)–present
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersRyan Guldemond
Molly Guldemond
Ali Siadat
Jasmin Parkin
Mike Young
Past membersKenton Loewen
Debra-Jean Creelman
Jeremy Page

Mother Mother is a Canadian indie rock band based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band consists of Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals and keyboard, Jasmin Parkin on keyboard and vocals, Ali Siadat on drums, and Mike Young on bass. Longtime bassist Jeremy Page left the band in 2016.

In 2005, they independently released their self-titled debut album under the band name Mother. They later changed their name to Mother Mother, and re-released the album on Last Gang Records in 2007. Retitled Touch Up, the reissue also featured several new songs.

The band's second album, O My Heart, was released on September 16, 2008; their third album, Eureka, was released on March 15, 2011;[2] their fourth album, The Sticks, was released on September 18, 2012; and their fifth album, Very Good Bad Thing was released on November 4, 2014, with an American release of April 7, 2015, on Def Jam Recordings. Their sixth album, No Culture, was released on February 10, 2017, with yet another Def Jam Recordings release in the US. The seventh and newest album, Dance and Cry was released November 2, 2018.


The band began in Heriot Bay, British Columbia in January 2005, when guitarist and vocalist Ryan Guldemond was at music school and wanted to start a band based on vocal-driven pop songs.[3] He recruited his sister Molly along with a friend from college, Debra-Jean Creelman, to accompany his own vocals for the songs he had written, and the trio played as an acoustic act before adding drummer Kenton Loewen and bassist Jeremy Page.

Ryan Guldemond

The five members started off playing under the name Mother, and in the fall of 2005, they independently released a self-titled album. This debut album was recorded with Howard Redekopp, who had also worked with the New Pornographers and Tegan and Sara. When the Vancouver Province rated Mother as one of the top five BC bands to watch for in 2007, they began to receive acclaim for their debut album. Shortly thereafter, Mother landed a nationally broadcast concert opening[when?] for K'naan and the Wailin' Jennys. In the summer of 2006, they opened for the Australian band the Cat Empire at the sold-out Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Later that year, they made their debut in central Canada at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 29 as well as in Toronto on July 1, Canada Day, at the Harbourfront Centre.[4][5]

In October 2006, after playing a set at the Pop Montreal festival, Mother met with Last Gang Records and later signed a four-album contract. At that point the label encouraged the band to change their name to avoid legal issues, and they renamed themselves Mother Mother. On February 20, 2007, the band re-released its debut album under the new name, renaming the album Touch Up and including two new songs, as well as artwork and overdubs different from the original.

Molly Guldemond (left) and Jasmin Parkin (right) perform for British Columbia Day at Deer Lake Park on August 3, 2009.

The band released their second album, O My Heart, in 2008. Later that year, on December 3, it was announced that Debra-Jean Creelman had left Mother Mother;[6] on January 26, 2009, the band announced the addition of a new singer/keyboardist, Jasmin Parkin.

Mother Mother's third album, Eureka, was released on March 15, 2011.[2] The album's lead single, "The Stand",[2] entered the Canada Singles Top 100 chart in May 2011 and peaked during that week at position 76.[7] The album prompted a reviewer at the Toronto Star to describe the band as "evolving into orchestral harmonies and hip hop-influenced power ballads, as if Adam Lambert had joined The Dirty Projectors".[8]

On January 9, 2012, Kraft Foods launched a series of television commercials featuring the song "Bright Idea".[9]

Mother Mother's fourth album, The Sticks, was released on September 18, 2012.[10] It contains 14 tracks and was co-produced by the band frontman Ryan Guldemond and producer Ben Kaplan.[10] The first single, "Let's Fall in Love", was released on July 17.[10] They performed this song on their Canadian tour in 2012, playing in hometown Vancouver on December 19.

In 2014, the band signed with Universal Music Canada to produce their fifth album, Very Good Bad Thing, which was released on November 4, 2014. The first single from the album, "Get Out The Way" was released on July 15, 2014.[11]

Mother Mother played the City of Brampton, Ontario's New Year's festivities at the end of 2016.

On November 24, 2016, the band announced their Canadian No Culture Tour. Their tour began in New Brunswick in February 2017 and ended in British Columbia at the end of March 2017.[12]

On February 10, 2017, their sixth album No Culture was released.[13] The lead single from the album, "The Drugs", was released on November 4, 2016.[14]

On November 2, 2018, the band released their seventh studio album Dance and Cry.[15] The first single from the album, "Get Up", was released on September 14, 2018.[16] The band supported the album with the Dance and Cry tour, playing 26 shows across North America, starting on February 7, 2019 in Vancouver and ending March 16, 2019 in Buffalo, New York. [17] The tour included a sold out show at New York's Gramercy Theatre.

Line Up[edit]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
Touch Up
O My Heart
  • Released: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Last Gang Records
  • Released: March 15, 2011
  • Label: Last Gang Records
The Sticks
  • Released: September 18, 2012
  • Label: Last Gang Records
Very Good Bad Thing
  • Released: November 4, 2014
  • Label: Island Records/Universal Music Canada
No Culture
  • Released: February 10, 2017
  • Label: Island Records/Universal Music Canada
Dance and Cry
  • Released: November 2, 2018
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


Year Song Chart peak Album


2008 "O My Heart" 24 41 O My Heart
2009 "Body of Years" 12 28
"Hayloft" 43
2011 "The Stand" 76 3 23 Eureka
"Baby Don't Dance" 11 30
"Simply Simple" 20 41
2012 "Let's Fall In Love" 3 13 The Sticks
"Bit By Bit" 4 22
2013 "Infinitesimal" 12 26
2014 "Get Out The Way" 9 21 Very Good Bad Thing
"Monkey Tree" 9 15
2015 "Modern Love" 18 26
2016 "The Drugs" 1[23] 4 No Culture
2017 "Love Stuck" 14 14
"Baby Boy" 38
2018 "Get Up" 1 7 Dance and Cry
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.


  • "Touch Up" (2007)[24]
  • "O My Heart" (2008)[25]
  • "Body Of Years" (2009)[26]
  • "Hayloft" (2009)[27]
  • "The Stand" (2011)[28]
  • "Baby Don't Dance" (2011)[29]
  • "Let's Fall in Love" (2012)[30]
  • "Bit By Bit" (2012)[31]
  • "Get Out The Way" (2014)[32]
  • "Monkey Tree" (2014)[33]
  • "Modern Love" (2015)[34]
  • "The Drugs" (2016)[35]
  • "Love Stuck" (2017)[36]


  1. ^ "Artists: Mother Mother". Def Jam Recordings. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Mother Mother Announce New Eureka LP". Exclaim!, December 6, 2010.
  3. ^ Portoghese, Bill (May 2, 2011). "Mother Mother Interview". The Oswegonian. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "Festival Archives: Mother". Montreal International Jazz Festival. Archived from the original on December 18, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Wagner, Vit (June 29, 2006). "Mother grows up quickly". Toronto Star.
  6. ^ "Myspace Blog Post". Retrieved 2011-11-30.
  7. ^ "Song Performance". Retrieved 2011-06-15.
  8. ^ Levack, Chandler (March 8, 2011). "Mother Mother's musical moves". Toronto Star. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "Bright Idea Kraft Foods". Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  10. ^ a b c Hudson, Alex (July 16, 2012). "Mother Mother Detail 'The Sticks,' Share New Tracks". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  11. ^ Hudson, Alex (July 15, 2014). "Mother Mother Sign to Universal for New Album, Premiere 'Get Out the Way'". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "Mother Mother | 'No Culture' New Album February 10th 2017". Mother Mother. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
  13. ^ Murphy, Sarah (November 24, 2016). "Mother Mother Announce 'No Culture' LP, Premiere 'The Drugs'". exclaim!. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  14. ^ "Mother Mother is Back with New Single: The Drugs". Umusic. 2016-11-04. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  16. ^ "Mother Mother | GET UP". Mother Mother. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Mother Mother Chart History: Canadian Albums (retrieved November 13, 2018)
  19. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  20. ^ Peak positions for Mother Mother's singles on Canadian Alternative rock Chart:
  21. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  22. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  23. ^ Mother Mother [@mothermother] (9 February 2017). "PT 1: Very Excited to announce our first chart topping single. "The Drugs" reached #1 on the Canadian Alternative R…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ "Mother Mother - Touch Up". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  25. ^ "O My Heart - Music Video". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  26. ^ "Body Of Years - Music Video". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  27. ^ "Hayloft - Music Video". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  28. ^ "Mother Mother - The Stand". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  29. ^ "Mother Mother - Baby Don't Dance". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  30. ^ "Mother Mother - Let's Fall In Love (Official Music Video)". Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  31. ^ "Mother Mother - Bit By Bit [Official Video]". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  32. ^ "Mother Mother - Get Out The Way". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  33. ^ "Mother Mother - Monkey Tree". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  34. ^ "Mother Mother - Modern Love". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  35. ^ "Mother Mother - The Drugs". Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  36. ^ "Mother Mother - Love Stuck". Retrieved 2017-10-18.

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