"Very Good Bad Thing" is the band's fifth studio release, and members Ryan Guldemond and Jasmin Parkin dropped by CBC Radio's On The Coast to chat about it with host Stephen Quinn.
Mother Mother kicks off a cross-country tour in support of the album with a show in Halifax on Monday. The tour wraps in Vancouver on December 13 at the Orpheum Theatre.
If you can't wait that long to see the band in action, stop by CBC Music on November 14 to check out videos from an exclusive CBC broadcast of Mother Mother in rehearsal.
In the meantime, here are a few of the highlights from that interview with On The Coast.
On the inspiration behind "Very Good Bad Thing"
RG: Retrospective ideas about the writing is difficult, because when I'm doing it, it's all very spontaneous, and it's only through the channel of interviews and journalism do you kind of have to distill what it's about.
And I think if I had to put a stamp on it, it's just a more in-depth search for bringing out peculiarities of the human condition—which is a concept that we re-iterate a lot, but with this album, I think we got a little bit deeper.
On writing a concept record
RG: [Our last album "The Sticks"] was more akin to a classic concept record.
This is not. It's just more, trying to write songs, good unto themselves, and then determining if there is a sentimental thru-line. which there is, but it's a little more murky, and falls under the category of humans and their odd behaviour.
The "Very Good Bad Thing" is a statement on the person and how the person is a paradox.
We have these amazing capabilities of mind body and spirit, and then we counter that with atrocity and it's a conundrum.
The world in its current portrait is a great representation of that, and I like writing about stuff like that; the dark and the light of the person.
On embracing a new recording process
JP: It was quite a different and interesting experience, because we were in Toronto, and out of our normal routine.
It's kind of inspiring to be around new things. We didn't really have anything else to do but be at the studio together, so I think it was the first record where we all just went, and we hung out all day.
So regardless of what was happening, whether it was drums or bass or vocals, everyone was there, witnessing everything happen. And it really brought us together more as a band, creatively.
On navigating a fan-driven business
JP: It's really personal now. The day-to-day conversations that I have with our fans is just that—day-to-day. I talk to them every day. We tweet at each other, and as funny as that sounds to me, 'cause I'm kinda old school in my own right,
I'll write messages to them, and reply to them. And a lot of them I feel like I know, and I'm sure they feel like they know me too.
I think that's really neat and really special. Some people might not feel that way, but I like having that relationship with them. It's very transparent.