Sound Check

Mother Mother goes on tour, talks new music video for “Bit By Bit”

Mother Mother (Photo by Matt Bourne)

Vancouver indie rock band Mother Mother is currently on tour promoting their new album "The Sticks" and while visiting Toronto, took the time to chat with Yahoo! Canada Music about how the show came together, their fan-collaborated clip "Love It Dissipates" and their upcoming music video for "Bit By Bit."

Band members Ryan Guldemond (vocals/guitar,) Jasmin Parkin (vocals/keyboard) and Ali Siadat (percussion/electronics) reminisced about the early stages of planning saying that their set list stayed relatively the same since pre-production began and over time, grew into the show that fans can see now.

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"We spent a couple of weeks in a big, lovely rehearsal space in Vancouver and we just got together and started jamming our songs, trying to perfect [them] in a live setting," Parkin, who joined the band after the exit of Debra-Jean Creelman, said.

"I think that the energy is pretty high and it's essentially a rock show with many peaks and valleys. I think it's a very dynamic [concert,] we have some more tender pieces as well, but it is a rock show and we have a lot of fun playing and performing."

One track that the band agrees works particularly well on the tour is a song from the new album called "Little Pistol." Parkin says that in the beginning she was worried about the song, saying, "I think in rehearsing it, we didn't know how it was going to go over."

She also said, "It has a really sort of sombre, heavy, slow feel to it and you never know in a club situation, how those things are going to go down… It has this very tender nature to it but it seems to really rock in its own way."

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While on their cross-Canada tour, Mother Mother, which also consists of band members Molly Guldemond (vocals/synthesizer) and Jeremy Page (bass/horns,) released a new clip with the help of their fans for their tune "Love It Dissipates," asking them to send in clips of their relationships.

The result is a touching monochrome montage that was assembled by the band.

"We just asked fans who might be in a relationship to send [in] portraits of their coupledom in video format and we kind of fused it with some band footage," Guldemond said. "Just simple stuff like us in an alleyway [and] me close to the camera. It was all done on an iPhone on our end."

The next music video to come from the band will support their next single "Bit By Bit" and is a departure from a performance video, heading into territory that Guldemond describes as more "cinematic" in nature.

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Filmed at the Big Sky Movie Ranch in Los Angeles, the frontman says that the upcoming clip contains "a lot of sweeping desert landscapes and [it has] an old nostalgic feel to the footage."

He also said, "It was one of those videos that you shoot and you kind of have no idea how it's going to turn out because it's a bit cinematic, it's a bit abstract, its not a meat and potatoes video where you're put in a corner and you play and you pantomime with your instruments… It's cool, it's definitely a different Mother Mother video than any one before it."

Always trying new things seems to be an approach that the band cherishes as a fundamental characteristic of the group.

When asked what he loves about being in the band, Siadat explained, "A good vibe, a good relationship, creative openness [and] communication. All [of] those things."

He added, "In terms of any, for me at least, any concrete things, I'd say that it's good to be open to change and to evolve and I think that's also a big part of what we do. There is an evolution at every stage and things do progress. I think that's because we're open to that happening and perhaps we openly seek that."

Check out a behind-the-scene clip of the making of "Bit By Bit" featured below and for more information on how you can see Mother Mother on tour, head here.

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