Addiction, politics, division and the byproducts of societal influence mix with the quirky sounds in Mother Motherâ€™s new album No Culture released on Friday, February 10 Â via Def Jam Recordings.
The album comes as the sixth edition for the Vancouver, indie five-piece. Â No Culture emulates the bandâ€™s earlier days on their first release Touch Up, an album that is cohesive by its eccentricity and an assortment of sounds. But one thing remains distinct from the mostly acoustic Touch Up to the palate of No Cultureâ€”the prominent synthesizers blended with a taste of rock and a surging alternative pop like established in previous effort Very Good Bad Thing.
No Culture starts off with an explosion in the rock drenched track â€œFree,â€ that settles into â€œThe Drugs,â€ a track that unleashes one of Mother Motherâ€™s secret ingredient of lyricism, written by frontman and guitarist Ryan Guldemond. Soaked in imagery â€œThe Drugsâ€ offers â€œWe could float around this space/Weâ€™d be above all of the pain in ecstasy.â€ Â Picking up momentum with the far from innocent â€œBaby Boy,â€ serves a second helping of images with â€œIâ€™m a little kid with a big death wish/ I bite the lips, the lips that kiss,â€ but reveals the bandâ€™s next item on its lyrical agenda of the metaphorical references to the damaging effects of the current culture. This can be demonstrated in the drum driven â€œEverything is Happeningâ€ as it alludes to the Middle East, the government and â€œthe Americas are hooked on drugs.â€
But in No Culture Guldemondâ€™s lyrics are not just comments about societal influences as they are those of personal reflections too, heard best in the prescriptive â€œLove Struck.â€ Â Guldemond said in a Def Jam Recordings press release he wrote this track during the height of his depression and after experiencing an episode of writerâ€™s block.Â But let one thing be clear, no matter the circumstances â€œLove Struckâ€ was written under, it is one of the peppiest tracks No Culture brings to the table, especially since collectively the album has a bit of a dark side.
No Culture can be purchased on through the Mother Mother website.
No Culture Track Listing:
- Love Stuck
- The Drugs
- Back In School
- Baby Boy
- Mouth Of The Devil
- No Culture
- Everything Is Happening
- Empty Hands
- Cut The String