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Live Review: Mother Mother @ The Underground

It's hard to imagine a music experience that's more uplifting and invigorating than what Mother Mother can bring to the stage on a Saturday night in Charlotte.

The Canadian indie-rockers put on a fantastic show, dazzling their North Carolina fans who were fortunate enough to leave our planet's miserable confines for an incredible two hours to witness the band's magic during a sold out show at The Underground. This tour is promoting their most recent album Inside but the band made sure to play a healthy variety of their music. Mother Mother's discography is full of lyrical gems that resonate deeply with fans of all ages. A devoted and diverse fanbase packed into the venue as the line wrapped around the building.


On tour as support is another fantastic Canadian artist. Opener DYLYN is a powerhouse vocalist that immediately won over the crowd. A fun cover of Nirvana's "Lithium" had the concertgoers headbanging and bouncing around. Extremely likeable and engaging, she was the perfect precursor to warm up the audience for the main act.

As Mother Mother took to the stage, the crowd went berserk but voices quickly settled as the melody of "Seven" began to echo around the intimate venue. They continued to come on strong with a beautifully frenetic rendition of "O My Heart" that had everyone's pulse pumping the moment the opening notes were played.

Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother

Mother Mother's music offers a sense of resilience and belonging that translates unimaginably well to their live performances. As they tore through a rendition of "It's Alright," it was clear that it was a song that resonated with every battered soul in the audience that screamed along.

"A Mother Mother show is a place for you to be yourselves," mentioned lead singer Ryan Guldemond. Fostering a strong and supportive community of fans has served the band well. Their swift and organic growth on TikTok has been documented by Rolling Stone and their 2008 album O My Heart has skyrocketed to mainstream success.

Mother Mother's versatility was highlighted throughout the show. They effortlessly cycled through songs such as "Wrecking Ball" and "Arms Tonite" that had the crowd bopping along to the charming melodies. They would then follow up with more jarring hits such as "Hayloft I" and it's new sequel "Hayloft II" and the audience would suddenly appear to be full of headbangers. The electrifying lighting design complimented the show while the chemistry and charisma of the band was undeniably contagious.

If you missed out this time, Mother Mother recently announced their 2022 fall tour that includes a return to North Carolina at The Ritz in Raleigh. Buy tickets here and check out the rest of the tour dates on their website.

View the full photo gallery from the show below:

Photos by Keira Lindgren


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