When you get to see your favorite band live, magic happens. This is what I got to experience when I saw Mother Mother take over Danforth Music Hall back in November. I had seen the big double M perform at an awards show, but I had never had the pleasure of taking in a full concert set, and when I finally able to indulge, it was well worth the wait.
I was extremely impressed (and weirdly proud?) that Mother Mother was able to sell out two back-to-back nights in my fair city. The room was electric and the excitement from every single fan was palpable, which as you know is my absolute favorite (and the actual best) way to take in a show.
These crazy cats from the west coast have been a favorite on my iPod for a few years now, and is one of the few bands that I actually enjoy more and more with the release of every album. O My Heart was my introduction, Eureka was pure magic, and The Sticks took up residence in my soul. So naturally, I was very excited to see Mother Mother combine these three fantastic albums with their latest release Very Good Bad Thing on stage in front of my very eyeballs.
As previously mentioned, I have been a very bad fan and hadn’t yet been able to take in the double matriarch at their own headliner show, so I was thrilled to finally experience it. It’s one thing to identify with a band through your headphones, but it’s entirely another when you get to see them materialize in front of you and rock the shit out of a packed venue. They seemed so at home in Toronto, and there’s nothing more enticing than a band that appreciates their fans.
The set list was flawless (possibly inducing actual tears during Ghosting, but I can neither confirm nor deny this), and my heart swelled three sizes with their cover of Lana Del Rey’s Videogames. My own mom also thoroughly appreciated the video I sent of Let’s Fall In Love, since she was super jealous she couldn’t be there.
Overall, the night was incredible beyond words, and the only disappointment was when the show had to be over. I simply cannot wait for their return.
And the shameless fangirling will cease…now.
*photos by Nadia Elkharadly