After unassumingly turning TikTok upside down, trending around the world, and racking up millions of streams and views late last year, Vancouver based alt-rock band Mother Mother return with two new singles entitled “I Got Love” and “Stay Behind” today. This marks their first music released to their newly forged global fanbase and serves as their official debut for Warner Records.
The songs illuminate two sides of the acclaimed alternative stalwarts. An unrelenting beat gives way to an infectious guitar line, and gang chants fuel the instantly hummable, yet hard-hitting “I Got Love” where male and female vocals collide between raw expressions of gratitude— “I got a family as fucked up as they are.” On the other end of the spectrum, “Stay Behind” projects airy emotionally charged vocals over a plaintive acoustic guitar and synth echoes. Music videos for both tracks will follow shortly.
The songs were produced by frontman Ryan Guldemond, and Howard Redekopp, who helmed their 2007 debut Touch Up and 2008 fan favorite O My Heart, which feature many of the catalogue tracks their new audience seems to be connecting with today.
In the midst of the Global Pandemic, Mother Mother’s music instigated an unexpected and unprecedented surge on TikTok during the fall of 2020. A variety of songs from O My Heart and Touch Up exploded on the platform with widespread viral success, with #MotherMother used on the platform over 325 million times, resulting in millions of streams and new followers on streaming and social platforms. Rolling Stone chronicled the moment and wrote, “Music business executives told Mother Mother to fit in a box when the band started out more than a decade ago. In 2020, they finally don’t have to.” These D.I.Y. outliers continue to subvert expectations, blur genre lines, and stretch the boundaries of how “alternative” may be defined in 2021.
“Finding these new fans, or them finding us rather, feels like a very generous and surreal gift from the universe,” says Ryan. “It’s always been about the joy of music, and sharing in this joy with others, so we are thrilled to be releasing new music, especially “I Got Love”, to new and old fans alike. This song is about the frequency of love, and less in the romantic sense, but more in terms of unification and interconnection, working as a guiding light in dark times. If people simply enjoy this song, we are so happy and grateful, and if they find any healing in it, slight or profound, we’re utterly ecstatic and deeply humbled.”