Like a lot of people, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a live show. I was more than ready to get my rear end to a concert. It didn’t even really matter what it was. So, to that end, Mother Mother was not a band I was familiar with at all. But I knew a few people who were going to the show, so I figured I would go with them. It had been several months since I had been to a concert and I thought it would be fun.
I checked out some of their music ahead of time and enjoyed it. But none of that prepared me for Mother Mother live at 9:30 Club recently.
At 9:30 Club on Feb. 4, the show opened with the three vocalists, Ryan Guldemond, Molly Guldemond, and Jasmin Parkin, walking to the front of the stage, standing on the monitors, and belting out the opener, “Seven.”
The band got more and more energetic with every song; and as the show progressed, the crowd’s energy grew as well. I started telling my friends to make a setlist so that I could go back and listen to every song. I found myself captivated by what was going on. There was a magical connection between the band and the audience and it fed the performance. I was swept up in it and found myself smiling, dancing, and waving the flashlight on my phone during the slower songs with the rest of the crowd.
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Every few songs, the band had to stop and take a breath. Ryan took that opportunity to give updates about the band, talk about how difficult the past couple of years have been, and thank everyone for getting them to the 9:30 Club after years of gigging in smaller venues. That early gigging paid off in a phenomenal show. And while the main focus of the show was the interaction between Ryan, Molly, and Jasmin, the music has an incredible foundation of Mike Young on bass and Ali Siadat on drums.
O My Heart
Let’s Fall In Love
I Got Love
Sick Of The Slience
Bit By Bit
I may have come in to the show not knowing much about the band Mother Mother. But I was a fan by the time the between-song banter started. If you aren’t familiar with Mother Mother, or are a fan who has not had the chance to see them perform live…GO SEE THEM LIVE! I’ll definitely be catching them the next time they come to DC.
Here are some pictures of Mother Mother performing at 9:30 Club on Feb. 2, 2022. All photos copyright and courtesy of Marc Shea.