JFM + Reggies presents...
Mighty Fox, Royale, Jamie Lono
2109 South State St
Chicago, IL, 60616
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After an exciting year of virtually non-stop globetrotting, Canadian art-pop quintet
MOTHER MOTHER wasted no time getting back into recording mode to create what they
are pleased to present to the world as their next studio effort: THE STICKS, due February
12, 2013 via Last Gang Records.
Recorded during the winter of 2012 in Mother Mother's hometown of Vancouver and coproduced
by the group's own frontman/principle songwriter Ryan Guldemond and
producer/engineer Ben Kaplan (Shakira, Mudvayne, Gallows), THE STICKS upholds
Mother Mother's tradition of tri-harmony vocal arrangements and dynamic
instrumentation, while making for the group's most eclectic and rich album to date.
Lyrically, THE STICKS is also the group's most cohesive and conceptual album thus far.
When Ryan began writing for THE STICKS, one of the first songs to surface was "Bit By
Bit", an explosive track with the opening words "Bit by bit, I'm going to get my bricks out in
the sticks". This became a catalyst for a myriad of new songs encompassing a similar
theme: a call to arms against the modern, man-made world and a campaign for simplicity
and self-contained lifestyles. "It seems the more complex and voluminous our gadgetry
becomes, the less equipped we become as people, both in original thought and survival
skills," says Ryan on the subject. "Despite my upbringing", continues the Quadra Islandraised,
"I'm not your quintessential woodsman, but I do admire the simple and self-reliant
approach to life, believing it to broaden the mind and soul. This was a healthy concept to be
channeling when both writing and producing THE STICKS. The outcome, I believe, is the
most pure and unadorned music the band has made".
THE STICKS starts off with opening track "Omen", that begins with a sweet and haunting
piano motif followed by the innocent timbre of a five-year-old lad singing alongside Ryan,
"something about the world today makes a boy feel a bit insane". This brief and
dichotomous lullaby sets up the album's ominous title track perfectly, like a calm before the
storm. The album's lead off single "Let's Fall In Love", an ironic homage to tunesmith Cole
Porter, is a moody yet epic song about the foolhardy games we play in the arena of romance:
"Stupid does it, ugly do it… Let's fall in love". The Beatles-esque number "Latter Days" is a
playful anthem for the hermitic and reclusive while "Little Pistol", a paranoidal suicide
ballad, is one of the most dramatic and dynamic songs on the album; laden with lilting
strings, bass clarinet and a stunning vocal arrangement. In a similar vein is "Waiting For
The World To End", the album's penultimate track, told from an indifferent and impatient
onlooker of the impending apocalypse. "To The Wild", a steady and mesmerizing song
hauntingly carried by Molly Guldemond in her unique, airy voice, is the perfect closer to an
intense and dynamic journey, distilling the record's theme in a few simple words: "Take off
your cage, and go back to the wild".
Of course any Mother Mother album could not be fully realized without the accompaniment
of a striking visual interpretation by Mother Mother's resident artist Molly Guldemond.
Veering away from the signature animal themes of its three predecessors, THE STICKS
album artwork quite simply and effectively encapsulates the darker subject matter of the
record's sonic offerings. The cover features Mother Mother's signature tri-scratch design
taking the form of three yellow sticks against a white background maligned with a
stenciling of the group moniker and album title with black spray paint, while the artwork
inside the packaging depicts the orderly, complex and calculated modern world in a losing
battle against nature, wild and anarchistic. "The songs lent themselves to artistic
interpretation with a rich pool of imagery to draw from," shares Molly, "there are a lot of
literal translations of the lyrics in the artwork. I love strong simple graphics, and I like how
they juxtapose with the theme of this record. It's the untamable chaos of nature crashing
into the man-made structure of pop culture."
THE STICKS was released in the Mother Mother's native Canada in the Fall of 2012 and
has already surpassed the successes yielded by its predecessors. Lead off single "Let's Fall
In Love" peaked at #2 at Canadian Modern Rock (#3 at Alternative) and remained in the
Top 15 for over 20 weeks, while follow up single "Bit By Bit" has recently cracked the Top
10 in its ascent up the Canadian Alternative chart. The group also embarked on a national
headlining tour of Canada playing 1000-2500 capacity venues, selling out many of these in
THE STICKS' wake. The group's rise to the top of the Canadian Alternative Rock scene of
course also stems from the fantastic reception of their earlier recorded efforts. THE
STICKS followed a whirlwind year of near constant touring in support of Mother Mother's
previous release, the critically acclaimed EUREKA. The album once again put Mother
Mother at the top of Canada's indie charts, but also planted the group quite prominently
onto the mainstream radar. EUREKA produced three Top 20 alternative radio singles
including the infectious smash hit "The Stand" which peaked at #3 at Canadian alternative
(#5 at modern rock), and yielded a Juno-nominated music video. Already widely
commended for their exceptional live show, it comes as no surprise that Mother Mother's
popularity on the heels of EUREKA has since translated into sold out performances in
nearly every major market in Canada and rendered the group a summer music festival
attraction with appearances at some of Canada's most popular music festivals such as
Ottawa Blues Fest, Osheaga, Hillside and Calgary Stampede to name a few. The album's
success also earned the group their first Juno Award nomination, as well as two Sirius XM
Indie Award nominations. With the American release of THE STICKS this February,
Mother Mother will continue to build on the international reception they've received
already from institutions such as BBC Radio, MTV, and tastemaker publications Q, Spin
and Paste, among others.
Mother Mother's rapid ascent from an acoustic folk trio touring the open mics of their
hometown to an internationally revered alternative pop/rock five-piece touring the clubs,
theaters and event centers of North America and Europe not only demonstrates just how
far they've come but has also blazed the trail for what's to follow. Featuring the multitalented
line up of Ryan Guldemond (vocals/guitar), Molly Guldemond (vocals/synth),
Jasmin Parkin (vocals/keys), Jeremy Page (bass/horns) and Ali Siadat
(percussion/electronics), Mother Mother's unique blend of clever lyrics, stunning vocals,
quirky arrangements and a multi-dimensional sound both on stage and in the studio has
amassed the group a reputation that's brought about their celebration as indie darlings, all
the while endearing to the mainstream. The release of THE STICKS to the world promises
to maintain that delicate balance for the group while poising them for far greater milestone
accomplishments and accolades both domestically and abroad.
Mike Jansen - Vocals / Guitar
Markham Jenkins - Guitar
Johnny Walker - Bass
Chad Van Dahm - Drums
It's not every day that we stumble onto talent that is yet to be tainted by the criticism of the internet masses. Royale is one of those bands and we're proud to introduce them to you via the very first Pop 'stache Presents live session. Lead singer/guitarist Joel Bauman steals from the book of Homme while drummer (and brother) Nate Bauman and bassist Marc Najjar hold everything together. Do yourself a favor and keep an ear out for Royale in 2013, you won't be sorry.
Jamie Lono is a recording artist who has lived through more than his 23 years suggest. The blue-eyed soul singer/songwriter’s musical journey has been turbulent: from facing health complications at a young age, a family financial bankruptcy, and living in a hotel, to gaining national fame as a solo artist through an appearance on NBC’s ‘The Voice” and releasing his solo debut “The Feel Good Nation” in August 2012.
He’s received praise from the likes of Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and shared the stage with acts such as Tim Reynolds and Los Lonely Boys. Those accolades, plus television appearances and performances around the country, have allowed Jamie to grow both his audience and his message. His music continues to evolve; drawing on his influences – Ray LaMontange, James Taylor, Florence & The Machine, Bruno Mars – while expanding into uncharted music territory.
With “The Feel Good Nation,” Jamie demonstrated his ability to make “feel-good” music as sunny as his personality (and his ability to succeed while releasing music independently). According to Jamie, his sophomore effort – which is still in the “writing” stages – is a “Nation” populated with heavier themes and hopeful idealism.
The hope and heaviness are the byproducts of Jamie’s musical and personal maturation, but he hasn’t stopped dreaming. In fact, Jamie acknowledges that juxtaposing harsh reality with his optimistic worldview may be the only way to grow as a person and an artist, and that is reason enough for all of us to keep listening.
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